Review: New Cocktails at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It’s almost September, but everyone knows that we’re still looking at summertime temps to continue in Florida — expanding well into October (at least). So you may find it good to know about some cold adult refreshers that have popped up in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in recent months!

The Cold Front

Let’s start on Commissary Lane at the ABC Commissary.

The ABC Commissary

The ABC Commissary

The Cold Front not only promises a relief from the heat, but it’s also well in keeping with Frozen Summer Fun (which won’t conclude until September 7th, so you’ve still got time a little time to catch it!).

The Cold Front

The Cold Front

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Hey, this blend of coconut rum, blue caracao, peach schnapps, sweet-and-sour and Sprite topped with lemon-lime foam seems awfully familiar,” then you’re correct ;) . It’s a near-duplicate of the Blue Daydream — one of the specialty drinks for Frozen Summer Fun, down to the souvenir glow cube.

Blue Daydream on the Frozen Beverage Menu

Blue Daydream on the Frozen Beverage Menu

The difference lies in the use of Coconut Rum for the Cold Front as opposed to Citrus Vodka in the Blue Daydream. So, if you’re in a sweeter mood, lean towards the Cold Front. Looking for more of a pucker? Go with the Blue Daydream!

The Claw

Now, here’s one we’ve been hoping to try for a while, and finally had the chance… we’re heading to Pizza Planet next.

Pizza Planet

Pizza Planet

Check out The Claw! (Get it, TS fans?! HA!)

The Claw at Pizza Planet

The Claw at Pizza Planet

It’s tequila, amaretto, triple sec, and sweet-and-sour topped with more of that lemon-lime foam, and it comes with a souvenir glow cube set to the hue of the Little Green Men (after you’ve finished the drink, it can be set to whatever color you choose, or a rainbow rotation).

The Claw

The Claw

Essentially, it’s a classic margarita made with amaretto to give it an Italian twist…since we are eating what is labeled as pizza here at the Planet. The nuttiness of the amaretto really comes through in the flavor and the lemon-lime foam gives it a different twist (but feel free to ask for it to be left off it foam isn’t your thing).

The Claw

The Claw

High Octane Refreshments Cocktails

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please note that High Octane Refreshments closed in early April 2016 to make way for construction of Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Finally, we’re off to one of the more classic watering holes at the Studios, High Octane Refreshments.

High Octane Bar at Studio Catering Company

High Octane Bar at Studio Catering Company

High Octane

High Octane

We’re checking out the newer sips, but just remember they offer a full bar as well as the specialty drink menu. Also, SCORE to High Octane for being another place you can try the Schofferhofer Grapefruit Beer on draft.

Beer Options at High Octane

Beer Options at High Octane

You can find this delicious, refreshing beer at the Germany Hovels Stand in Epcot, too. Even non-beer-drinkers like this one.

Back to the cocktails! Starting with the new namesake drink, the High Octane.

Signature Drinks at High Octane

Signature Drinks at High Octane

It’s made with Tito’s Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Blue Caracao, Sprite, and sweet-and-sour (is anyone sensing a theme here?). Hendrick’s Gin completes the mix, which you’ll also find featured in the Citrus Thistle at the Scotland Booth this year during the Food and Wine Festival.

High Octane

High Octane

It’s a twist on a Long Island but with (surprise!) more sweet and sour flavor. But seriously, the vodka, rum, and gin work together to lend it some nice strength so it can live up to its name.

We’ve got one more for ya, thanks to the Cast Member sharing that this is one of her new favorites…

Cast Member Kellie making a Tropical Splash

Cast Member Kellie making a cocktail

It’s the Tropical Splash, a beachy combination of Skyy Vodka, Midori and pineapple juice.

The Tropical Splash

The Tropical Splash

If you’re looking for one final wave to summer during your trip, this drink is it. The Midori gives it that nice, sweet melon punch while the pineapple juice lends the tropical vibe.

Even if these new drinks aren’t quite the newsmakers that, oh, I don’t know… STAR WARS LAND coming to the park at long last (!!!) is, it still remains very fun activity to sip your way around the Studios!

Which new drink will you be trying during your next visit to Hollywood Studios? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Hannah says

    They all sound wonderful. I just don’t know if I could try something different when there is a Captain’s Mai Tai to be had.

  2. Adam says

    As im english and I don’t understand these things… Should i tip when buying these types of drinks as its a cocktail… Or dont i because its quick service? Thanks

  3. says

    Thanks for the info on the Grapefruit beer! I loved it at last years F&W and was disappointed it wasn’t on the menu this year, I didn’t realize it was available elsewhere.

  4. Mike V says

    Appreciate the update….You think maybe you can do even more investigative reporting and how much of each liquor is used in drink….Just being picky.

    It’s not bad though just to play around and make em til you get them right!

  5. Aimee M says

    I think there are actually two differences between the Cold Front drink and the Blue Daydream. The type of vodka, which you mentioned, and the Cold Front uses Sprite while the Blue Daydream uses pineapple juice :)

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