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Miles McKirdy (right) with his partner in NYC, trying out the all-new Flyers cannabis-infused cocktails.  Image: Suplied

Miles McKirdy (right) with his partner in NYC, trying out the all-new Flyers cannabis-infused cocktails. Image: Suplied

When Miles McKirdy’s parents found out what their son was doing in New York City, they said, “So you’re a legal drug dealer?”

Shire-raise Miles is part of the team releasing the first cocktail infused with cannabis in The City That Never Sleeps.

The 36-year-old and his business partners created the canned sparkling drinks, called Flyers, during COVID-19.

The beverages are an alternative to alcoholic refreshments so that partygoers can “thrive, free from hang-ups, hassle or hangovers,” according to the ad.

The team spent 10 months perfecting the flavors with renowned mixologists, and three varieties have been launched as a tribute to their name cities: Sydney, Tokyo and Brooklyn.

One of the billboards in Times Square marketed the cannabis-infused cocktails to Australians - several of them will be present in the city when the trip opens.

One of the billboards in Times Square marketed the cannabis-infused cocktails to Australians – several of them will be present in the city when the trip opens up.

The Sydney Spritz Highball Sparkling Cannabis Cocktail contains botanical bitters and mandarins, while Tokyo Marg has flavors of yuzu, bitter orange and chili, and Brooklyn boasts infusions of oak, vanilla and bitter.

But with cannabis illegal in all states and territories in Australia, the cocktails will remain on U.S. shores for the time being.

Leader readers may know Miles from school – he went to South Cronulla Primary and Port Hacking High – or from along his paper route in South Cronulla from 1997-2000.

I used to surf out on Shoes every morning with my brother Lewi McKirdy, a former radio host for Triple J.

Miles McKirdy

“I used to surf out on Shoes every morning with my brother Lewi McKirdy, a former radio host for Triple J radio station,” Miles said.

“In 1994, I won the South Cronulla Yo-Yo competition, which beat Rio Nassir — this is without a doubt my greatest achievement besides taking on NYC and launching this category-changing brand.”

Miles recently returned to NYC from Atlanta, where he oversaw the creation of 30,000 cans in the Flyers brand’s first production run.

He has lived in NYC for six years, during which time he has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Nike and Jameson Irish Whiskey.

When the world soon reopened for travel, Miles said he hoped some locals in the Sutherland Shire could try his product in NYC soon.

The cannabis-infused cocktails have been displayed on billboards in Times Square.

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