Cognac at Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

It's been called the "comeback spirit" a tantalizing and sophisticated variety of Brandy. Congac is exciting the palettes of people from all walks of life. Named after the town of Cognac in France, the drink is variety of brandy distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged in French oak barrels. If you're looking for a place to kick back and relax with a fine glass of it, head over to Mizners Lounge at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Louis XII Remy Martin CognacLouis XII Remy Martin Cognac

Mizners Lounge offers a relaxing escape to enjoy a grown up drink. Tucked behind the stage for the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra this lounge is open to the sophisticated guest looking for a comfortable place to relax and wind down. Open from 4:30pm until Midnight, cushioned chairs gather around intimate tables dotted with bowls of mixed nuts. Some reviewers find the decor lacking in "elegance" but when the sun goes down I find it to have an intimate feeling of friends together in your den for nightcaps and great conversation. If you're a jazz fan, this is also the place for some fantastic live music provided nightly.

Mizner's Lounge at the Grand Floridian Resort & SpaMizner's Lounge at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Whatever this lounge lacks in decor, it more than makes up for with a stunning menu of food and spirits. This comfortable lounge is home to an elegant selection of congacs with some of the finest sips available on property.

  • Courvoisier XO 29.00
  • Grand Marnier 100 yr 29.00
  • Grand Marnier 150 yr 37.00
  • Hennessy XO 32.00
  • Hennessy Richard 175.00
  • Remy Martin VSOP 17.00
  • Remy Martin Louis XIII 1/2-ounce pour 70.00, 1-ounce pour 135.00, 1 1/2-ounce pour 195.00

You may at first balk at the $70 for a small 1/2 ounce pour, but when you consider that a 750 ml bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII regularly fetches around $2,500 you better understand where Disney is coming from. The bottle "Louis XIII Black Pearl" limited edition cognac that could be found on board the Disney Dream, cost upwards of $8,000 due to its Bacarat Crystal container. This is an elegant expression of time, a precious elixir aged from 40-100 years.

Snifter of CognacSnifter of Cognac

Americans tend to drink their Cognac as an after dinner digestif, neat, either at room temperature or warmed by cupping the glass in the palm of the hand. However in it's native France it's widely used as in mixed cocktails before dinner as an aperitif to stimulate the appetite. If you have an interest and passion for classic cocktails, why not order up a sophisticated Sidecar, with a mix of Cognac, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice.

Cognac Cart at the Grand Floridian CitricosCognac Cart at Citricos, Next Door to Mizner's

If you have a taste for an elegant sip and you're not in the area of the Grand Floridian, several other Disney bars have extraordinary Cognac selections. If you're at Downtown Disney, stop by the Portobello Yacht Club for eight different selections; at Disney's Hollywood Studios the Brown Derby offers a Courvoisier Cognac Flight a try; and in Epcot Le Cellier serves up respectable 2 ounce pours of Remy VSOP, HennesyVS or Courvoisier VS each under $20.

Thanks so much to our friends over at the Disney Food Blog for exclusive use of their Cognac pictures from Citricos at the Grand Floridian. Do you enjoy a fine cognac? Have you stopped by here for a drink? Leave a comment below and let us know what your experience has been.

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Eddie G. wrote on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:55:

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We will for sure be hitting up Le Cellier and trying out a few of those flights. I did not know they offered those. Decent pour (2 ozs.) and under $20 is a good deal. My favourite is Louis by far. We were given two bottles as wedding gifts two years ago. Drank one on our honeymoon. Saving the second for a while.

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 03/30/2013 - 20:56:

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Be sure to let us know what you think of them Eddie!

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