Port Orleans Resort, Riverside! And Ol’ Man Island, with its fabulous, amoeba-shaped pool!
Nestled right by Ol’ Man Island is the home-y and rustic Muddy Rivers Pool Bar, and it’s everything you want out of a pool bar in the Bayou. (Haven’t thought about what you’d want out of a pool bar in the bayou? Let us help you visualize it.) There’s wood everywhere you look, including exposed rafters. At the base of the bar are weathered vertical wood panels in a variety of colors, creating the feeling that this bar has been pieced together over time.
It’s just that laid back vibe that makes Muddy Rivers so well loved. Guests have no problem strolling over from their lounge chairs to grab their beverage of choice. Drinks include an assortment of beers, Woodbridge wines, and Reso Del Sol Sangria. If you’re looking for non-alcoholic options the usual Lava Smoothies, Strawberry Smoothies, and the more unique Bull Frog Brew (served in an adorable light-up Mason Jar) keep things interesting.
But the Specialty Drinks are where Muddy Rivers shines — that’s where we spotted the relatively new Frosé on the list. It’s tucked on the menu beside a Sunshine Margarita (yes, please!), the All That Jazz (a layered, multi-drink hit that’s been around for a while now), and, of course, classics like the Captain’s Mai Tai and a good ol’ New Orleans Hurricane.
The Frosé is pretty trendy, so I had to give it a whirl on my most recent visit to Muddy Rivers. It’s comprised of Meomi Rosé (basically rose wine), Tito’s Handmade Vodka (shout-out to Austin!), and some kind of sweet slushie mix.
And sweet is the key here. It’s crazy sweet. Like dry-your-mouth-out sweet (coming straight from someone who reeeaaally likes sweet stuff!). So prepare yourself for that. Also prepare yourself to get hit with the wine, which is quite strong in this drink.
The Frosé was decent, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the Wine Slushies at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs. Those are much fruitier and strike a better balance between the fruit, wine, sweet, and tart flavors. (Be sure to order the off-the-menu Strawberry Shiraz swirled with Mango Moscato — trust me!)
Still, if you’re poolside and looking for a serious hit of boozy sugar, the Frosé will fit the bill. (It’s also served at Hurricane Hanna’s at Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts!)
What’s your favorite poolside beverage? Let us know in the comments!