The airline industry needs cash in a major way. Overall profits were down some $3 billion last year, and so airlines have started rolling out well-publicized, much-maligned fees for things like checked bags and carry-on luggage. (Enjoy using that armrest for free while you still can.)
Thankfully, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is doing its part to give the airlines a shot in the arm by serving up shots themselves: Legislation was signed into law last week by Governor Jay Nixon which will allow travelers to start cocktailing at airport bars at 4 a.m. rather than the current far-too-late hour of 6 a.m. See, passengers drinking before flying means that passengers will also drink while flying -- ain't no way you're quashing a sweet buzz that you've been working on since 4 a.m., morning business meeting in Toledo be damned -- and that will increase on-board purchases and airlines' overall profits.
Ah, booze. Is there any problem you can't solve?
So here are five specialty drinks that Lambert's bars ought to serve in order to get its early-morning party started. (A word of caution: Order drinks ending in "bomb" at your own peril.)