Cocktail Concocting 101
If you know your way around the bar pretty well already then you can skip this section and go right to the recipes. But, if you're a little rusty, here's a quick refresher course.
Party Through The Parks' drink recipes use the traditional "part" measurement method. Parts are the best way to measure drinks for one basic reason, it works no matter what size glass, pitcher or bucket you're using to hold your concoction.
For example, a traditional Screwdriver is 1 part vodka, 2 parts orange juice. There are a few different ways you could measure that mixture. For one glass you could use an ounce as your measurement so it would be 1oz of vodka and 2oz of orange juice, or for one pitcher you could use 1 cup of vodka and 2 cups of orange juice or 2 cups of vodka and 4 cups of orange juice, bartenders often make a large batch of a drink base, like for a long island, where the parts would become bottles - as long as the proportion stays the same you'll still get the same results.
Also remember that higher numbers don't necessarily mean a stronger drink. A drink with 1 part rum and 2 parts coke is the same as 6 parts rum and 12 parts coke.
Here's a quick trick to pouring drinks with a part measurement by the glass:
Think of the parts of the drink as a percent, sticking with the screwdriver it'd be 33% (1/3) vodka and 66% (2/3) orange juice. Now, fill the glass with ice all the way to the top and pour your vodka 1/3 up the side of the glass, fill the rest of the way with orange juice, give it a stir, and you've got a properly measured drink without any actual measuring.
Two things to remember when you're using this trick.
- First, if the glass is narrower at the bottom than it is at the top you'll have to go slightly further up the side for ingredients you add first and slightly less for ingredients you add last to compensate.
- Secondarily, you MUST fill the glass to the top with ice or the ice will displace a lot of the first ingredient and you'll add a lot more of the last ingredient as there's no ice taking up space. Typically speaking, this will get you a weak drink as mixers are generally added last.
There are a few bartender staples that you'll need for many of the drinks listed here:
- Simple syrup is half sugar half warm water (IE. 1 cup sugar; 1 cup water), simply melt the sugar in warm water and it's ready to use.
- Sweet and sour mix is similar to margarita mix and can be found at any good liquor store or large grocery store.
Bear in mind, Disney's drink recipes are closely guarded trade secrets. As a former bartender for 6 years these are my best educated guesses. Many of them I'm positive are 100% spot on, others may be just a very close facsimile to the real thing.