Your resident eccentrically pop mixologist just returned from his Jersey Week vacation at Walt Disney World this past week, and guys…there’s alcohol there.
Nostalgic gentlemen have much to experience amidst the yeti rollercoasters, country bear jamborees and firework displays accentuating the undying power that is Disney and its movies. Whether it’s the All Star Music Resort’s protein shakes curated dauntlessly next to the bourbon milkshakes, pure vodka imaginatively soaking the Absolut Penne found at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, or just all of the curacao that fuels the aesthetic of Animal Kingdom’s Pandora and its blue-skinned Avatar inhabitants…
…yeah, alcohol performs wonders when it comes to sustaining your grownup theme park marathoning and subsequent review articles.
So how does the Dapper Dan honor Mickey Mouse (the edgy 30s Mickey Mouse) back home in real life, both keeping in tune with the current autumn and setting a freshly deserved break from it? Either way, here are 10 Disney-animated cocktails I am prepared to share with your inner drunk child:
Sprinting immediately from my Magical Express motorcoach to the Singing Spirits Pool Bar, the most intriguing feature on their menu is by far the Frosé. It’s simply you’re iced blend of California’s own Meiomi Rose wine and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Wine doesn’t need to be told twice to be consumed no matter the time of year, but take the hint of an extra kick of pixie dust in your glass for the more strenuous family encounters at your Thanksgiving table.
If you’re looking for more of a stand-alone bottle, my winner from the festival for the second consecutive year is Africa’s Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, and the title says it all.
9. Black Raspberry Mead
Where there’s wine there must be Novem-BEER! The World Showcase’s Germany pavilion already helps popularize grapefruit-flavored ale, while a pomegranate version introduced itself this autumn season as well. I ended up sampling The Chew’s sponsored black raspberry beer of Redstone Meadery at their Earth Eats booth.
If you favor malty fruit during your Detroit Lions viewing then this brew is for you. I’ll instead stick to my even bolder Bunratty Meade Honey Wine from the Ireland marketplace – ties the tastebuds together in one shot for any social excursion.
The bar staple that throws wind at caution, there is no saying no to one of these rummy explosions when your Cast Member friends offer their discount well past the typical happy hour. Miami meets Orlando and onward! Substitute the cranberry juice for sauce if you need to “fall” for it’s charms more convincingly.
7. Ultimate Long Island
It serves a similar objective to that of the Hurricane, only this particular LIIT deriving from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort knows no true time or place in space. The Tambu Lounge recalls Tito’s with BACARDI Superior Rum, Hendricks, Cointreau, Sweet-and-Sour and Coca Cola splashing all together whilst you commemorate regrets from your college program.
6. Brandy Alexander
Of course the opposite coast deserves a parade cameo, and this Carthay Circle Lounge item boasts holiday elegance. Chill your brandy with parts cocoa, cream and nutmeg, or warm it up by the fire that is Southern California’s heat index.
5. Frozen Mojito
I am doing the bare minimum (if that) to not torture you all with tropical homages and frozen cocktails in the face of this oncoming winter weather, but Olaf is forever branded upon my psyche and so I’m taking everybody down with me. If only there were peppermint leaves…still, pair this classic with the Caribbean’s Mojo Pork bowl (with black beans, cilantro rice and pickled red onions) and savor accordingly.
Brazil offers a competitive duo headlined by its Caipirinha (cachaca, sugar and lime) along with meat pie or cheese bread.
4. Honey Sour
When in doubt, my all-time go-to is the whiskey sour, so when Disney Springs’ Raglan Road Irish Pub ran out of Jim Beam and searched deep in their cellars to mix me a custom bourbon cocktail that exceptionally appeased my sweet tooth and salty liver, such customer service warranted this high of a ranking. I just wish I remembered which whiskey they ended up using…I guess they made it too well.
3. Caramel Vodka Chai
Summoning the grim-grinning pumpkin spirits from earlier this month, this Twinings production falls right in line. The 1.5 ounces of Pinnacle may pull slightly from the overall decadence of the pumpkin chai, but rest assured you contently stumble out of the Gateway with dessert drink in blood and passport stamped to completion in pocket.
2. Hot Toddy
I’m cheating since this wasn’t discovered during my actual vacation, but rather beforehand as my wife snuffed out her cold pre-flight (plus spoonfuls of raw garlic) and afterwards once the illness buddied home with me (damn climates and layovers). The Hot Toddy is living proof that magic exists well outside of the government-controlled dome of mice and princesses in Lake Buena Vista.
Simply boil two thirds a mug’s worth of water for your desired tea – Trader Joe’s ginger turmeric herbal is featured above – and then stir in a shot of whiskey, tablespoon of honey and squeeze of lemon or lime. The results are punctual…uh, beautiful. Nice recovery. Now back to trademarked Disney crack…
1. Rum Whip
No trip to Walt Disney World is fulfilled without Pineapple Dole Soft Serve. Higher-ups eventually realized that adults would fare even better by infusing their Dole Whips with Parrot Bay or Dark Myer’s rum. Magic is real! One can imagine that a citrus-eggnog spoof of this would inspiringly bring Floridian culture to your northeast Xmas binge seamlessly.
Whether or not that’s a credible claim, I was told by grasshoppers or whatever that dreams really do come true so…
Mike L. // The Guide