The Want: The go-to order when the boss or a client wants to discuss something after hours. Must be sophisticated and seasonally appropriate. Even better if there's a backstory.
The Get: Try an Aviation, a pre-prohibition standby born in 1916. The tipple regained popularity in the 1930s, during the glamorous days of air travel. The drink is a mix of gin, lemon juice, and maraschino liqueur, which is—mercifully—clear, not cherry red. You'll get a nutty, slightly sweet drink (served up, of course) that keeps you refreshed while you're sweating in your suit.
The Recipe: The Aviation
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 ounce maraschino liqueur
Shake well with ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass
OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS IN ALL THE WORLD…
Four of the world's best airport bars
One Flew South
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlanta: This cocktail spot in America's busiest airport is inspired by the prohibition-defying flights of the 1920s.
John F. Kennedy Airport, New York: In Terminal 5, far from the rest of frenzied JFK, it serves tapas, cava cocktails, and white sangria with Cointreau.
Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar
Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam: Pair champagne with oysters, smoked salmon, or herring at this sleek, modern bar.
Frescobaldi Wine Bars
Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome: One of the first enotecas to set up at the terminal, featuring cured meats, cheeses, and 50 Italian wines by the glass.