Cocktails on PPC

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SarahZ

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I'm not a fan of Moscow Mules, but I'm curious about that souvenir cup.

I'll have a Golden Gate Mojito, please.
 
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I have several of the EB wine glasses from years ago, also a bottle of the EB wine.
 

seat38a

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I wonder if they will actually serve it in the glass shown or in the damn awful plastic cups.
 

JayPea

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Nope, they serve them in the glasses. Or they did when I was on the CS a few weeks ago.
 

George K

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I have several of the EB wine glasses from years ago, also a bottle of the EB wine.
I've managed to snag a set of four of them on eBay. They're quite common, and I gave them to the Mrs. as a birthday gift after our trip on the EB last May. You can snag this set for $16.

 

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I don't drink cocktails, but am curious how those prices compare to a non-Amtrak bar?
That's about what I'd expect to pay at a good, mid-range bar or restaurant. It's more than I pay at my neighborhood pub, less than I pay at an airport bar, and a lot less than a high end tourist trap. Same price, pretty much, as the Capitol Corridor or on board an airplane (although no mixed cocktails either place). $8.50 for a specialty cocktail is mainstream. Having one high end speciality at $12.50 with a souvenir glass sounds right.
 
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Palmland

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As a geezer, believe I'll have an Old Fashioned. Wonder if the PPC attendant knows anything about mixed drinks other than Amtrak specialties.

There was a time when the Pullman Co. employee manual had detailed instructions on the preparation and, almost as importantly, the presentation of the drink to the passenger (served at your seat of course).
 

TiBike

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There was a time when the Pullman Co. employee manual had detailed instructions on the preparation and, almost as importantly, the presentation of the drink to the passenger (served at your seat of course).
That would be something cool to read. Do you suppose there's a copy on the web somewhere?
 

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I remember reading the Pullman Company manual....they made presenting, opening, and pouring a bottle of beer into a glass, a 17 step detailed performance... :)
 

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I love the idea behind this. A specialty cocktail menu would enhance the experience and be able to siphon plenty of money out of my wallet. I don't mind paying higher prices for quality cocktails served promptly. Unfortunately these particular options seem to be based on nonperishable mixers rather than on fresh ingredients prepared just before serving. Simple cocktails can be good as well but there's still no indication you can order a basic Jack & Coke at any price. I suppose I could bring my own mint and a muddler but at that point I might as well just bring all the supplies and forgo the cocktail service. It's a good idea that could still use a bit of rethinking. In my experience the PPC staff currently have enough downtime to make dozens if not hundreds of cocktails from scratch. Assuming they're properly trained and motivated.
 

TiBike

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If you're going to add proper bar service to the CS, offer it in the SSL too, that way you can siphon money out of my wallet. Or allow business class access to the PPC. Could do wonders for the bottom line.
 

AlanB

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Business class is allowed into the PPC on the Coast Starlight.
 

PVD

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Business class service available. Ticket price includes a $6 food and beverage coupon, two bottles of water, access to the Pacific Parlour car, Wine Tasting (small fee) and Wi-Fi access...

From the Coast Starlight Schedule. I'm pretty sure the comma after Pacific Parlour Car and before Wine tasting doesn't belong, and the previous poster is correct.
 

rtabern

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I'm not a fan of Moscow Mules, but I'm curious about that souvenir cup.

I'll have a Golden Gate Mojito, please.
We were on the Coast Starlight last week and saw this.

Being a collector of everything Amtrak, I asked about the Moscow Mule souvenir cup. The LSA mentioned that Amtrak's Marketing Dept. was working on a "new logo" for the Coast Starlight and that the souvenir cups would be coming out soon. Hope they are nice!!! It's funny how souvenirs on the train come in waves. For the Coast Starlight, I remember pewter spoons, luggage tags, and teddy bears... then nothing for a couple of years... then they had those blue Coast Starlight t-shirts with the conductor who had a towel over his arm on there... then nothing for a couple of years... then $5 wine glasses.... then back into a drought of no souvenirs aboard again we went.
 

Bob Dylan

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Also the Starlight Caps Rob! I have one that the LSA told me was the Last one that would be available when I purchased it in 2010???

I used to have a T-Shirt for EVERY LD Route that Amtrak ran until someone stole all but the Texas Eagle Shirt from my room (the nice Blue CONO Shirt was the Best one of All!)on the Eagle in 2011!
 

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When I first saw the images of the menu, I thought that you had picked up a souvenir item at the lounge! It has kind of the look of something printed in the 50's or 60's doesn't it? Anyone agree? Maybe intentional, like trying to bring back the good old days.

Of course, if it was that old the prices would be a lot lower!
 
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Bob Dylan

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Agree, these are reasonable prices for a quality drink! Downtown Bars in trendy Austin charge $15-$20 for drinks!
 
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