When you're at the Walt Disney World Resort there comes a time, maybe the same time every day, when you declare "I need a grown-up drink." While it IS important to drink water throughout the day to stave off dehydration, after a day at the parks dealing with queues and FastPasses, it is most definitely 5 o'clock somewhere.
We each have our own favorite, go-to Disney drink. Our must-drink list includes a Grand Marnier Slush, a Lapu-Lapu, and an Avocado Margarita. Not necessarily on the same day. ;-)
Disney is home to some really great "grown-up drinks," and in the past few months a few new restaurants and bars have opened up giving us even more choices. So today we're going to check out the top 10 drinks (or places to get drinks) at Walt Disney World.
10. Grapefruit Cake Martini: One of the more unique drinks on the list is the Grapefruit Cake Martini from the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. This drink (or is it a dessert?) is made with Deep Eddy's Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, Stoli Vanil Vodka, and a splash of Cream with a Vanilla Wafer Rim. If you love the Grapefruit Cake at the Hollywood Brown Derby you need to try this drink.
9. Triple Yeti Blast: You'll find this icy concoction at the Warung Outpost in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The drink is made with three frozen margarita flavors: Mango, Lime, and Strawberry and it is the perfect way to stay cool in the always tropical Animal Kingdom. If you're looking to make these at home, check out this recipe from our friends at the Disney Food Blog.
8. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto: This is the first bar to make our top 10 list. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto has been open at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort since 2015 and it should be on your list of must-visit bars. Our favorites include the Polynesian Pearl, the Krakatoa Punch, and if you're visiting with friends you just have to order the Uh-Oa to share, of course! The drinks here are served with a side of shenanigans which just adds to the fun.
7. Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar: Another must-visit bar is Jock Lindsey's in Disney Springs. If you're a fan of good drinks and Indiana Jones, this is your kind of watering hole. The themeing and atmosphere alone are enough to bring me back, but the drinks (and food) are pretty good too. The menu is full of great drinks but a few favorites are Reggie's Revenge, Fountain of Youth, and Bedtime Story.
6. Adults Floats and Shakes: These are all the rage at Walt Disney World Right now. Think grown-up ice cream floats, made with hard ciders and/or beer. You'll find several choices at Beaches and Cream including the S'mores Shake, the Root Beer Float (made with hard root beer), and more. Other spots to find "adult floats" include D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and at the Desserts & Champagne Booth at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Beware of brain freeze.
5. Margaritas: We aren't talking about any run-of-the-mill margaritas. Nope, we're talking La Cava del Tequila margaritas. La Cava is THE place to go for out-of-the-ordinary and very extraordinary margaritas including Cucumber, Blood Orange, and Hibiscus. You'll also find a collection of unique rim salts including Grasshopper, Black Ant, and Poblano Pepper. Yes, we said Black Ant Salt. (You'll also find the Black Ant Salt on the People Watching cocktail at Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs).
4. AbracadaBAR: The AbracadaBAR opened this summer at Disney's BoardWalk and it's a truly magical spot to find some great adult beverages. The theme is magic and the menu features Enchanting Elixirs and Curious Concoctions including The Conjurita, Parlor Trick, and Coney Negroni. You'll also find Worldly Wine and Baffling Beers. Go for the themeing, stay for the drinks.
3. Avocado Margarita: It sounds weird, and it sort of tastes like banana, but the Avocado Margarita is a go-to, must-have drink every time. You'll find it on the menu at La Cava, the San Angel Inn Restaurante in Epcot's Mexico pavilion, and even at Frontera Cocina. It's cool, refreshing, and you'll want more than one.
2. Lapu Lapu: After a long, hot day at the parks, this drink served IN a whole pineapple is heavenly. OK, it is heavenly on any day that ends in "y." You just have to get a Lapu Lapu. We're pretty sure that is in some Disney vacation handbook somewhere. Stop by the Tambu Lounge in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and enjoy the delicious blend of Myer's Original Dark Rum and tropical fruit juices topped with even MORE rum. There is no such thing as too much rum. ;-) [If you aren't a fan of rum you can also get it booze-free].
1. Grand Marnier Slush: And finally, we come to THE must-have grown-up beverage (at least in our book). The Grand Marnier Slush is found at Les Vins des Chefs de France in Epcot's France pavilion. The slush is sweet and strong and you should beware of brain freeze. It happens EVERY time. This is the perfect drink to enjoy as you sit on a bench in France watching the people walk by. It also pairs well with just about anything from Les Halles
Cheers! This list is really just the tip of the drink iceberg when it comes to grown-up beverages at Disney World. We'd love to hear about your favorites (so we can add more to our list, of course). Leave us a comment and let us know what you're drinking.
Many thanks to the Disney Food Blog for use of their photos.