Review: The Grand Cocktail at Mizner’s Lounge in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Recently while in Walt Disney World, a friend and I had some time to kill between events. So we decided to stop into Mizner’s Lounge for a little refreshment.

Mizner’s Lounge is located in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This beautiful bar and lounge is a relaxing place to unwind any time of the day. But I especially love it in the evenings, when you can catch the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra playing.

You’ll find Mizner’s tucked back into one end of the second floor at the Grand. Its location off the beaten path means that it’s usually on the quiet side here. You don’t just “happen upon” Mizner’s. You have to actually go to it.

Since I’m usually here after dark, I decided to take a look around and get a few photos of it for you during the day.

Mizner's Lounge -- The Bar Area

Mizner’s Lounge — The Bar Area

Mizner’s, along with the rest of the Grand, underwent a little refresh a few years back. The overall effect is still elegant, but it’s a lot less formal. And check out the views of the beautiful Grand Floridian grounds from the lounge’s windows! [Read more…]

New Dessert and Cocktails at La Luce, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

A few weeks ago I had the superb luck to head over to La Luce at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort (inside the gates of Walt Disney World) to sample a brand new dessert and some innovative cocktails they’ve just added to the menu!

La Luce

New Cocktails on the Menu

Mixology is a passion for the bartenders at La Luce, and their seasonal cocktail menu clearly shows that. This season’s list includes three infusion-based drinks, which basically means that the drinks are made with alcohol that’s been flavored with fruits, vegetables, or other foods. For example, in one La Luce drink, you’ll encounter a Cocoa and Chipotle-infused Vodka while in another, you’ll find a Cranberry-infused Tequila.

Infusions -- citrus, tomato, and Buddha's Hand

If you think those jars of infusions are beautiful; wait until you see the drinks.

Infusions and Drinks

First up, a drink made with a tomato-infused Gin, along with Campari (a bitters flavored with a bitter/sour Italian citrus fruit) and a honey truffle syrup. There’s a bacon rim on this one to give a [Read more…]

DIY Magical Drinks: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Drink

For our “happy hour Friday” post, we’re happy to welcome back Chef BigFatPanda with a new seasonal drink recipe inspired by a great event — Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Chef’s DIY Disney column here on the Disney Food Blog treats us to step-by-step directions to make at-home recipes that remind us of our favorite Disney destinations. His latest beverage continues a series of unique magical drinks.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Drink

Clearly this one will remind you of the holiday season! With cinnamon, ginger, and coffee flavors, I wonder if this might even taste great as a warm drink! Reminds me of a fun drink I once had at the Dawa bar during a cold, rainy, holiday season!

Kahlua, Schnapps and Vodka

Chef says, “This is a strong one with all the flavor and spice of the season! I might consider some whip cream and perhaps a candy cane hanging off the glass to dress it up in the future.”

Over ice:
1.5 oz Kahlua
1 oz of Cinnamon Schnapps
1 oz of Ginger Vodka
2.5 oz of Milk (lowfat is fine)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Drink

Merry Tipsy Christmas! Let me know what you think!


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DIY Magical Drinks: The Expedition Everest

Our own Chef BigFatPanda is back with a thirst-quenching new drink recipe inspired by one of our favorite Disney rides!

As you know, Chef’s DIY Disney column here on the Disney Food Blog provides us with easy directions to make recipes that remind us of our laughing place. His latest concoction continues his series of unique magical drinks for at-home sipping. This drink will bring out your adventurous side for exploring higher elevations!

The Expedition Everest

Using a tall glass or mug:
1. Place 2 Maraschino Cherries at the bottom
2. Fill the glass up to the brim with shaved ice
3. Liberally, pour on some Blue Raspberry Vodka or Blue Alcohol of your choice

Blue Raspberry Vodka

(If your ice melts some, add more and repeat)
Top it with a tall Whipped Cream Peak

Snowy peaks!

When your guest has completed their expedition, they will see the red glowing eyes of [Read more…]

Disney’s Famous Blue Glow-tini

While you can find those snazzy glow-cubes all over Disney parks these days, the signature “Glow-tini” is the one light-up drink you know you can find pretty much everywhere. Packing quite a punch with Citrus Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice, and occasionally some Sweet and Sour, the Glow-tini may look like a weak cocktail, but it could really knock your socks off!

I was lucky enough to have one of these radiant drinks on a visit to the [Read more…]