The standard Disney Bar and Lounge Cocktail Menu has been updated for 2014! Our occasional correspondent Erik H. just returned from Walt Disney World where he made notes on the new menu, and of course did some taste testing for us! This round of beverage program changes has seen nine of the 2013 drinks removed from the standard lounge cocktail menu.
These casualties include the Forever Young, Strawberry Julep, Superfruit Margarita, Scottish Raspberry Lemon Drop, Jameson Irish Whiskey Sour, Red Stag Lemonade, Citrus Infusion, Wildberry Margarita, and the Tennessee Honey.
So - What's new? Five new cocktails that definitely tip their hats to some old-fashioned mixology classics with fresh new twists. The flavors are a little stronger, a little less fruity, and some truly unique to the Disney Parks and Resorts.
Making their bar debut on the menu this year are the following cocktails:
Smoked Turkey: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon, Grenadine, Odwalla Lemonade, with a hint of hickory smoke, garnished with Luxardo Gourmet Marachino Cherries. Complex, but easy to drink, this is a great introduction to classic American Bourbon for the adventurous drinker.
Heather & Honey Sidecar: Dewar's Highlander Honey, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Agave nectar, and fresh lemon juice. Not your classic sidecar " this cocktail comes across sweet and smooth. Erik thought that it could do without the half salted rim.
Jameson Irish Coffee: Jameson Irish Whiskey with hot coffee and a dollop of whipped cream. Straight forward for the coming winter months, we're happy to see this one on the standard menu.
Pineapple Caipirinha: Leblon Lechaca, lime, pineapple, and agave nectar. Erik found this to be a very sweet drink, heavy on the pineapple with a kick of sour in the finish.
Superfruit Tequini: Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Cedilla Acai Liqueur, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. With more than it's share of alcohol, this drink would do George Clooney proud (it's made with his personal brand of tequila). Fruity and smooth this one should come with a warning label. It will sneak up on you - good thing you can just take the monorail home.
In addition to the new cocktails, the Disney beverage program has raised the stakes with a few new craft beers to try, and a new selection of wines. Have you given any of the new Disney cocktails a try? If so - which ones? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts on these new changes.