You guys know I’m always looking for new, fun drinks to try, and I had a field day on my recent trip to Orlando! Here are just a few of my new favorites:
Yak and Yeti: Shaved Ice Martini
A.K.A. — the snow cone. This fun drink comes in three flavors — Grape, Cherry, and Citrus/Melon. I chose the shockingly bright green version, which included vodka, midori, and pineapple juice along with my (beloved) sweet and sour. The presentation is the best part, but who WOULDN’T want to try an alcoholic snow cone?! Find it at Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
La Luce by Donna Scala: Limonata
A straight-up pucker-fest, the Limonata is a classy drink served in a classy atmosphere. It’s light, refreshing, and sour — just how I like it! Pair it with the fritto misto or the (incredible) four cheese pizza appetizer. Find it at La Luce by Donna Scala, a new restaurant at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort right in the middle of Disney World property.
La Hacienda de San Angel: Orange Mango Fire Margarita
This firecracker of a drink has orange, mango, ginger, and lime flavors with Tabasco sauce and a “Tagin Chilli Powder” rim. It starts off with a sweet-sour kick and ends with a very spicy finish. I’ve heard that some folks didn’t find it as spicy as they’d liked, but maybe my bartender had a heavy hand with the Tabasco! You can always ask for extra-spicy… . Find it at Epcot’s new La Hacienda de San Angel.
Todd English’s bluezoo: White Russian Dippin’ Shots
OK, I know these aren’t on the menu yet — but they’re amazing, and I have to include them! On the cutting edge of molecular mixology, bluezoo’s team has created another winner. Long story short — these are little pebbles of White Russian that have been frozen instantly in liquid nitrogen, right in front of my eyes. Pretty cool…and pretty tasty! Eat ‘em with a spoon. You can find this (and other fun new drinks) at Todd English’s bluezoo at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.
Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jiko: Victoria Falls Mist
Tangerine, melon, banana, and Van Der Hum combine with a few other ingredients to create what has probably replaced my long lost Leisure Suit as my favorite drink in Disney World. Unfortunately, this one is going by the wayside as well. No longer found on the Victoria Falls menu at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can only find it on the Jiko menu these days. If you’re lucky, one of the bartenders at Victoria Falls might remember it, though, so it never hurts to ask.
Have you tried any of these? Do you have other drinks to suggest? Let us know in the comments section below! We’re always looking for more to try!