The Mint Julep Bar located in New Orleans Square is essentially a must-do for every Disneyland guest. You’ll find it tucked into the patio area of French Market Restaurant and right next to the New Orleans Square train station.
It’s almost all in the name here.
The Beignets are always reason enough to step up to the cheerful Mint Julep Bar, and are an item that just about everyone can get on board with.
But the signature drink is, of course, the non-alcoholic Mint Julep. Now, for years guests have ponied up to order this beverage and walked away with something that looked like this:
Basically electric green mint overload. In fact, our Disneyland pal Sabrina (@everythingdisney.55) says that she’s heard it described as tasting like mouthwash or medicine. Even so, this classic beverage has won over many a Disneyland guest over the years, making it a beloved Disneyland staple.
Love it or hate it, though, you’ll definitely want to know that the Mint Julep Bar’s signature drink has received a little make-over. Or, sort of a make-under, in a way. It’s described as a “refreshing mint drink with a hint of lime flavor”, and Sabrina is happy to say that the new version really fits that description.
But the taste isn’t the only difference. The new Mint Julep forgoes the added green coloring in favor of a pale, more natural look. And instead of a boatload of bright red cherries for garnish, this Mint Julep receives a sprig of mint and a lemon wheel. (Sad face. I love cherries.)
The new incarnation of the Mint Julep dials down the mint and dials up the citrus, with stronger notes of lime and lemon. Sabrina says it’s now more reminiscent of a subtly mint-flavored lemonade.
And it works. Between that tart citrus and the fresh mint, the new ice cold Mint Julep is a refreshing drink for the warmer summer months. And with the attractions of Rivers of America opening intermittently this summer, you’ll want to grab one of these and just take it all in.
No matter your feelings regarding the previous Mint Julep with its psychedelic coloring and fun attitude, we think you definitely need to try this more sophisticated version.
And pick up some Mickey-shaped Beignets while you’re at it. (Actually, make that two orders. So you can share with me).
What do you think of this new version of an old favorite? Let us know in the comments!