Why your Bloody Mary tastes so good on the plane

By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

Ever notice all the Bloody Marys on your flight? There's a scientific reason behind it.

Our sense of taste is off when we're up in the air. Some foods really do taste different at 35,000 feet because of changes in air pressure.

It messes with sweet and salty signals to the brain.

About a quarter of people order Bloody Marys on the plane but never on the ground, according to Oxford University Professor Charles Spence.

Spence has a new book on the subject wherein he says umami-rich tastes are more intense in the air. Ergo, people say tomato juice tastes fresher.

On the other hand, it's 30 percent more difficult to notice sweet and salty tastes mid-flight, according to a 2010 study by Lufthansa.

There's a reason it's everyone's in-flight drink of choice!

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Summer Water Rosè, $15.00

It may not be summer, but that doesn't mean we can't get going on our rosè. This dry but sweet blend is the perfect way to welcome in the new season! Whether sipped from a glass or mixed in a colorful sangria, nothing says warm weather like rosè.

You can find the sangria recipe below. 

Summer Water Sangria 

Ingredients:

-1 bottle of Summer Water Rosé

-1 orange sliced

-1/2 grapefruit, sliced 

-1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

-1/2 cup raspberries

-1 lime, sliced

-A handful of mint leaves 

Directions:

1. Pour bottle of rosé into a pitcher or punch bowl.
2.Add fruit and mint leaves.
3. Stir and let sit for 1 hour (or up to overnight) before serving. Tip: pour into sealable mason jars for a cute Easter display!

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Pure Leaf Iced Teas, Pomegranate 

Nothing says spring and summer like iced tea. Sit back and relax with Pure Leaf’s refreshing flavors like the new Tea House Collection Valencia Orange Peel flavor and Fuji Apple & Ginger flavor, Mint flavor and (our favorite) Not Too Sweet Peach flavor.

The best part is that Pure Leaf also offers a range of home brewed teas that make it super simple to brew your own iced tea at home!

Gin and Tulips

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The French Roasted

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Tropicana Probiotics, Strawberry Banana

A healthy start to spring begins with Tropicana Probiotics. It's almost too good to believe -- a 100% juice blend with no added sugar or artificial flavors. Tropicana is being raw and candid about what goes into their juices, and it's something we want a sip of. 

Packed with CFUs, vitamin C and other nutrients, they also offer Probiotics in Pineapple Mango and Peach Passion Fruit. 

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Sam's Club Member's Mark Chardonnay, $8.00

This delicious and slightly fruity Chardonnay has a 92 point rating by the Beverage Tasting Institute, making it the perfect wine for spring -- without breaking the bank! 

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Blur DTO with Coconut Air

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