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Sunday
Mar202011

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Uzima Springs Pool Bar

Swahili Colada

Myers's is always a delicious addition to a good pina colada. I'm not sure what makes it "Swahili" but if it's tasty and served by a pool, who cares?!

  • Blend 1 part coco lopez, 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part (or slightly less) white rum with ice. Pour into a glass and "float" a shot of dark rum on the top of the drink and serve.

Southern Sunrise

Smooth, creamy and ultra orange-ie; this frozen deliciousness will surely impress everyone. But, don't bother trying it without the correct ingredients. Unfortunately, the smoothie mix is tough to find too.

  • Blend 1 part Southern Comfort and 3 parts Minute Maid Orange Smoothie Mix with ice. Drizzle the Passion Fruit Syrup up and down the inside of the empty glass that you're going to serve your drink in while you're blending. Once the blending is complete, pour into your prepared glass and serve.
  • Links: Monin passion fruit syrup   Smoothie Mix I know, I know, it says "request quote" for the smoothie mix. It's the only place I could find selling the stuff! This stuff might be close   If you can find the real thing from a little more cooperative website please don't hesitate to let us all in on it in the comments section.
Sunday
Aug222010

Available at most Disney resort bars

Please see the new sections dedicated to the Pool bar and Resort bar shared cocktail menus.

Sunday
Apr242011

Belle Vue Lounge

The Shadow

This is a classic favorite that you'll have to ask for, but as long as Tim or Allen is working, (or if you've got this page open on your phone!) they'll whip you up a great one!

  • 1 part Chambord, 1 part Godiva chocolate liqueur, 1 part Stoli Vanil vodka 2 parts heavy cream
  • Roll to combine and serve over ice.
Saturday
Jul072012

Disney Shared Cocktail Menu Drink Recipes

These drink recipes are from the main Drink Menu that is available at each lounge. Some resorts have specialty drinks exclusive to their resort, those will be listed under each resort.
 

Forever Young

  • Place 5 blueberries in the bottom of the glass and gently muddle. Add ice and 1 part Tito's Handmade vodka, 1 part Cedilla Acai liqueur, a good drizzle of agave nectar and the juice from 1 lemon


Strawberry Julep

  • Place one sliced strawberry and 4 mint leaves in the bottom of the glass and gently muddle. Add ice and 1 part Maker's Mark bourbon, a good drizzle of agave nectar and the juice from 1 lemon

Superfruit Margarita

  • 2 parts Tres Generaciones organic plata tequila, 1 part VeeV Acai spirit, 1 part pomegranate Monin Syrup, 2 parts sweet & sour mix, top with lemon-lime foam (Disney is using a new product called "Foamz" to top many of its drinks. You can do home-made but it's a pain to make and requires a home-made whipped cream dispenser)

 

Tropical Infusion Cocktail

  • 1 part SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit vodka, 1 part Monin strawberry puree, 3 parts pineapple juice, 1 part coco lopez (pre-mixed with the pineapple juice) and the juice of half of a fresh lime

 

Scottish Raspberry Lemon Drop

  • Place 4 raspberries in the bottom of a glass and gently muddle. Add ice and 1 part Hendrick's gin, Juice from 1 lemon, a good drizzle of agave nectar. Top with wildberry foam. (Disney is using a new product called "Foamz" to top many of its drinks. You can do home-made but it's a pain to make and requires a home-made whipped cream dispenser)


Jameson Irish Whiskey Sour

  • 2 parts Jameson Irish whiskey, 1 part Cointreau, a good drizzle of agave nectar and the juice from 1 lemon


Pimm's Punch

  • 1 part Pimm's No. 1 liqueur, 1 part Hendrick's gin, 3 parts Odwalla lemonade, 1 part Odwalla Strawberry C Monster


Red Stag Lemonade


Citrus Infusion

  • 1 part SKYY Infusions Citrus vodka, 1 part Midori, 4 parts orange juice, juice from half of a lemon, sprig of mint for garnish

 

Truffle Olive Martini


Rye Manhattan

 

Habanero Lime Margarita
A good margarita with a mildly spicy bite and pronounced lime flavor from the Monin syrup.

  • 1 part Patron Silver tequila, 3 parts Mr. & Mrs. T's sweet & sour. Pour ingredients over ice and add a good drizzle of Monin habanero lime syrup and the juice from half a lime.
     

Wildberry Margarita
This margarita incorporates sweet Wildberry fruit puree.

  • 1 part Patron Silver tequila, 3 parts Mr. & Mrs. T's sweet & sour. Pour ingredients over ice and add a good drizzle of Monin Wildberry Fruit Puree and the juice from half a lime.



Agave Nectar Margarita
This is an excellent recipe for a good, classic margarita.

  • 1 part Tierras Organic Blanco tequila, 3 parts simple syrup made with agave nectar (50% agave nectar/50% water). Pour the ingredients over ice and add the juice from half a lime.

 

Tropical Mojito
Mojitos are really the it drink of the last few years in large part, thanks to the bartender flare that goes in to making them. Disney's used mango rum and pineapple juice for their sweet tropical variation.

  • Place 5 to 6 fresh mint leaves in the bottom of the glass, add a good drizzle of agave nectar and gently muddle for a few seconds. You're not looking for a pulp, just to gently bruise the mint to let out some of the essential oils contained within. If you don't have a muddling stick, crush the leaves tightly in your hand and tear each leaf into about 4 pieces for a similar effect. Add ice and then pour in; 1 part Cruzan Mango rum, 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part soda water (don't substitute sprite for this one or it'll be too sweet.) This drink works well in a small pitcher.


Power-Berry Mojito

Fresh, muddled mint and bright citrus notes are complemented by delecious acai/blueberry and pomegranate liqueurs.

  • Place 5 to 6 fresh mint leaves and 3 lime wedges in the bottom of the glass, add a good drizzle of agave nectar and gently muddle for a few seconds. You're not looking for a pulp, just to gently bruise the mint to let out some of the essential oils contained within. If you don't have a muddling stick, crush the leaves tightly in your hand and tear each leaf into about 4 pieces, and squeeze the limes before you drop them in for a similar effect. Add ice and then pour in; 1 part Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry vodka, 1 part Stirrings Pomegranate liqueur (or easier to find Pama), 4 parts soda water.



Bacardi Mojito

This is a good recipe for a classic Cuban cocktail. Always good on a steamy Florida night.

  • Place 5 to 6 fresh mint leaves and 3 lime wedges in the bottom of the glass, add a good drizzle of agave nectar and gently muddle for a few seconds. You're not looking for a pulp, just to gently bruise the mint to let out some of the essential oils contained within. If you don't have a muddling stick, crush the leaves tightly in your hand and tear each leaf into about 4 pieces, and squeeze the limes before you drop them in for a similar effect. Add ice and then pour in; 1 part Bacardi rum, 3 parts soda water.



Eco-tini
Veev, an acai vodka, and ginger monin combine to make a drink that's a little reminiscent of an exotic margarita.

  • 2 parts VeeV Acai liqueur, 1 part triple sec, 2 parts simple syrup made with agave nectar (50% agave nectar/50% water), 1 part ginger Monin. Pour ingredients over ice in a shaker and add the juice from half a lemon (no seeds please). Shake and strain into a martini glass.



Superfruit Martini
Pronounced blueberry and pomegranate flavors combine with tart cranberry juice for a unique twist on a cosmopolitan.

  • 2 parts Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry vodka, 1 part Stirrings Pomegranate liqueur (or easier to find Pama), 2 parts cranberry juice. Pour ingredients over ice in a shaker and add a good drizzle of agave nectar. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

 

Berri Bramble
Sweet chambord blackberry liqueur and Absolut Acai Vodka are cut with tart lemon to bring you a well balanced and very unique martini.

  • 2 parts Absolut Berri Acai vodka, 1 part Chambord, 2 parts simple syrup made with agave nectar (50% agave nectar/50% water). Pour ingredients over ice in a shaker and add the juice of half a lemon (no seeds please). Shake and strain into a martini glass.



Antioxidant Cocktail
Feeling overly oxidized? Or need oxidization?....Which one would an antioxidant do again? Either way, lots of top shelf fruit flavored liquor and Monin Lychee syrup will surely cure what ails you.

  • 1 part Stirrings Pomegranate Liqueur, 1 part Finlandia Wild Berries vodka, 1 part Absolut Berri Acai vodka, 2 parts soda water, 1 part Monin Lychee Syrup. Pour ingredients over ice and add the juice from half a lemon.



Raspberry Rain
Fresh Raspberries top off grape hibiscus vodka and chambord for an elegant cocktail that's perfect for sipping.

  • 2 parts Rain Organics Red Grape Hibiscus vodka, 1 Chambord, 2 parts Monin Lychee Syrup, 2 parts soda water. Pour ingredients over ice, add the juice from half a lemon and 3 fresh raspberries and serve.



Tropical Ginger Lemonade
Pineapple vodka and ginger syrup will make for a hard lemonade that might make Mike a little jealous.

  • 1 part SKYY Infusions Pineapple vodka, 3 parts Minute Maid lemonade, 1 part ginger Monin. Pour ingredients over ice and drizzle grenadine to finish.



Fountain of Youth

Acai vodka and pomegranate liqueur...I'm feeling a little younger already.

  • 1 part VeeV Acai liqueur, 1 part Stirrings Pomegranate Liqueur, 3 parts simple syrup made with agave nectar (made with 50% water/50% agave nectar). Pour ingredients over ice and add the juice from half of a lime.



Superfruit Margarita
A classic margarita spiked with the addition of acai vodka and pomegranate liqueur.

  • 1 part Tierras Organic Blanco tequila, 1 part VeeV Acai liqueur, 1 part Stirrings Pomegranate Liqueur, 3 parts simple syrup made with agave nectar (made with 50% water/50% agave nectar). Pour ingredients over ice and add the juice from half of a lime.


Pear Martini
Disney's paired (get it?) Hendrick's cucumber flavored gin, and smooth 12 year old bourbon with sweet pear nectar to bring you a delicous, smooth martini.

  • 1 part Hendrick's gin, 1 part Glenfiddich 12 yr. Bourbon, 1 part Monin pear nectar, 1 part simple syrup made with agave nectar (made with 50% water/50% agave nectar). Pour ingredients over ice in a shaker and add the juice from half a lemon. Shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.

 

Kentucky Peach (removed from menu, but still available by request)
With black cherry bourbon, peach schnapps and a bunch of sweet and sour, you know you're in for a sweet cocktail.

  • 2 parts Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon, 1 part peach schnapps. 2 parts Mr. & Mrs. T's sweet & sour, 2 parts Sprite. Serve over ice.



Tennessee Honey
A sweet twist on a bourbon cocktail with a tangy lemon flavored twist.

  • 1 part Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, 1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 parts Sprite and a teaspoon of agave nectar.


Grand Smash
A mojito that substitutes smooth and heavily orange flavored Grand Marnier cognac for the rum.

  • Place 5 to 6 fresh mint leaves and 3 lemon wedges in the bottom of the glass. You're not looking for a pulp, just to gently bruise the mint to let out some of the essential oils contained within. If you don't have a muddling stick, crush the leaves tightly in your hand and tear each leaf into about 4 pieces, and squeeze the limes before you drop them in for a similar effect. Add ice and 1 part Grand Marnier, 3 parts orange juice.



Black Cherry Twist
Black cherry bourbon and cranberry juice can surely get you doing the twist again.

  • 1 part Red Stag Black Cherry bourbon, 1 part cranberry juice, 1 part Mr. & Mrs. T's sweet & sour, 1 part Sprite. Serve over ice.



Red Grape Sensation

Grape vodka with a pronounced floral note combines with tart cranberry juice for a refreshing and easy to drink cocktail.

  • 1 part Rain Organics Red Grape Hibiscus vodka, 2 parts cranberry juice, 1 part soda water. Pour ingredients over ice and add a drizzle of agave nectar.



Pomegranate Splash
Citrus vodka and pomegranate liqueur provide the muscle in the crisp and light tasting cocktail.

  • 1 part SKYY Infusions Citrus vodka, 1 part Stirrings Pomegranate liqueur, 2 parts cranberry juice, 2 parts soda water.

 

Captain's Mai Tai
The original mai tai was created by Trader Vic and was purportedly named when he served his new rum creation to one of his Tahitian friends who, upon tasting it, exclaimed "Maita'i roa ae!" The Tahitian phrase literally translates to "Very good. The best!" but is more accurately translated as "Out of this World!" I guess that makes this one a very good captain. But, even if you think he's the worst captain of all time, you HAVE heard of him, haven't you?

  • 2 parts Captain Morgan Original Spiced rum, 1 part Amaretto, 6 parts mai tai mix. Pour ingredients over ice and finish with a drizzle (floater) of Myers' Dark Rum.

 

Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea
Lots of people joke that ordering a Long Island Iced Tea is as much a cry for help as it is a drink order. No judgement from us though. In fact, we'll be the ones telling you it looks delicious and asking where you got it. This "Ultimate" version uses a tea flavored vodka and delicious Hendrick's cucumber flavored gin. If you can't find Teaka, Firefly or Jeremiah Weed are good alternatives.

  • 1 part Bacardi Superior rum, 1 part Teaka Sweet Tea vodka, 1 part Hendrick's gin, 1 part Cointreau, 1 part Mr. & Mrs. T's sweet & sour, 1 part Coke. Pour ingredients over ice and serve.

 

Very Berry Punch

Wildberry vodka, sweet blackberry chambord and peach schnapps mixed with fruit juice gets you you one sweet drink. Perfect with lots of ice on a hot day.

  • 2 parts Finlandia Wild Berries vodka, 1 part Chambord, 1 part peach schnapps, 3 parts orange juice, 3 parts pineapple juice. Pour ingredients over ice and add a drizzle of grenadine.

 

Bahama Mama
Transport yourself to the islands with this very traditional Bahamian cocktail.

  • 1 part Parrot Bay Coconut rum, 1 part Myers's Original Dark rum, 1 part creme de banana, 3 parts orange juice, 3 parts pineapple juice. Pour ingredients over ice and add a drizzle of grenadine.
     

Banana Cabana
This drink seems to work equally well whether or not you're actually under a cabana while you drink it.

  • 2 parts Cruzan Mango rum, 2 parts Cruzan Guava rum, 1 part creme de banana liqueur, 3 parts orange juice, 3 parts pineapple juice. Shake or stir, serve over ice and THEN add a drizzle of grenadine.
  • This works great in a pitcher or a punch bowl - just do the grenadine after you pour the drink into a glass.



Captain's Rum Runner
And here we were thinking the captain WAS the rum runner...

  • 1 part Captain Morgan Original Spiced rum, 1 part blackberry brandy, 1 part creme de banana, 3 parts orange juice, 3 parts pineapple juice. Pour ingredients over ice and add a drizzle of Myers's Dark rum (called a floater).

 

Pina CoLAVA
Who likes Pina Coladas? How about Pina CoLAVAs?! A bunch of you must because we're getting requests for the recipe. Because the actual drink uses a slushie machine and a drink mix this won't be 100% dead on . . . it'll be better.

  • 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part Coco Lopez, 1 part Bacardi Razz raspberry rum. Blend with ice. Pour a small amount (approx. 1 oz) of raspberry puree into the glass being sure to hit the sides of the glass as you pour. Pour in your blended Pina CoLAVA and enjoy! For the raspberry puree bar brands like Monin or Island Oasis are good choices but feel free to use home made instead.

 

Magical Star Cocktail
Somehow, it's not quite as magical at home. Maybe it needs these.

  • 1 part X-Rated Fusion liqueur, 1 part Parrot Bay Coconut rum, 3 parts pineapple juice.

 

Blue Glow-tini
By making this delightful cocktail at home you'll save a few bucks by skipping the glow cube.

  • 2 parts Skyy Infusions Citrus vodka, 1 part Bols Peach Schnapps, 1 part Bols Blue Curacao, 2 parts sweet & sour, 1 part pineapple juice

 

Godiva Chocolate Martini
Whoa...is that a drink where every ingredient is alcohol???...From Disney??? This has got to be good.

  • 1 part Stoli Vanil vodka, 1 part Godiva Chocolate liqueur, 1 part white creme de cacao, 1 part Frangelico. Pour ingredients over ice in a shaker; shake and strain into a martini glass.


Pineapple Upside-Down Martini

Delicious pineapple cake in a glass. Need we say more?

  • 2 parts SKYY Infusions pineapple vodka, 1 part Frangelico, 4 parts pina colada mix (3 parts pineapple juice/2 part Coco Lopez - blended in a blender together before being added to this drink). Pour into a shaker over ice and add the juice from half a lemon (no seeds please); shake and strain into a martini glass. (Why didn't they float a cherry in this thing?)


Key Lime Coconut Martini
Key lime pie in a glass. Just like the last one, who needs more explanation?

  • 1 part Midori Melon liqueur, 1 part Stoli Vanil vodka, 3 parts pina colada mix (3 parts pineapple juice/2 parts Coco Lopez - blended in a blender together before being added to this drink). 1 part pineapple juice. Pour into a shaker over ice and add the juice from half a lemon (no seeds please); shake and strain into a martini glass that has been rimmed with crushed graham crackers.
Saturday
Jul072012

Disney Shared Pool Bar Menu Drink Recipes

These drink recipes are from the main Pool Bar Drink Menu that is available at each pool bar. Some resorts have specialty drinks exclusive to their resort, those will be listed under each resort.

Pina CoLAVA
Who likes Pina Coladas? How about Pina CoLAVAs?! A bunch of you must because we're getting requests for the recipe. Because the actual drink uses a slushie machine and a drink mix this won't be 100% dead on . . . it'll be better.

  • 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part Coco Lopez, 1 part Bacardi Razz raspberry rum. Blend with ice. While blending, prepare a glass by pouring a small amount (approx. 1 oz) of Monin raspberry puree into it being sure to hit the sides of the glass as you pour. Pour in your blended Pina CoLAVA and enjoy! (Monin raspberry puree is unfortunately tough to find at most liquor stores. A reasonable substitution that's easy to find is strawberry daiquiri mix or strawberry margarita mix.)

 

Southern Sunrise
Smooth, creamy and ultra orange-ie; this frozen deliciousness will surely impress everyone. But, don't bother trying it without the correct ingredients. Unfortunately, the smoothie mix is tough to find too.

  • Blend 1 part Southern Comfort and 3 parts Minute Maid Orange Smoothie Mix with ice. Drizzle the Passion Fruit Syrup up and down the inside of the empty glass that you're going to serve your drink in while you're blending. Once the blending is complete, pour into your prepared glass and serve. The Minute Maid smoothie mix is sold by Coca-cola as a product for restaraunts and is hard to find in stores. A good substitution is the Concord Orange Smoothie Mix which is easy to find in most grocery stores. If using this mix, substitute 1 part Tangerine Vodka and 3 parts orange juice for the liquid in the mix's recipe.

 

Tangerine Dream
A delicious, sweet, orange smoothie with smooth tangerine flavored vodka. This one goes down easy.

  • 1 part Finlandia Tangerine vodka, 3 parts Minute Maid Orange Smoothie Mix. Blend with ice. The Minute Maid smoothie mix is sold by Coca-cola as a product for restaraunts and is hard to find in stores. A good substitution is the Concord Orange Smoothie Mix which is easy to find in most grocery stores. If using this mix, substitute 1 part Tangerine Vodka and 3 parts orange juice for the liquid in the mix's recipe.


Mango Margarita
This smooth and creamy twist on a margarita is sweeter and less tart than the original.

  • 1 part Patron Silver Tequila, 3 parts Minute Maid Mango Smoothie Mix. Blend with ice. The Minute Maid smoothie mix is sold by Coca-cola as a product for restaraunts and is hard to find in stores. A good substitution is the Concord Mango Smoothie Mix which can be found in most grocery stores. If using this mix, substitute 1 part Patron Silver Tequila and 3 parts orange juice for the liquid in the mix's recipe. Top with Passion Fruit-Mango Foamz. (Disney is using a new product called "Foamz" to top many of its drinks. You can do home-made but it's a pain to make and requires a home-made whipped cream dispenser)

 

Paradise Punch
This cocktail combines pineapple with smooth coconut rum and VeeV, an acai (ah-SIGH-ee) berry grain based liquor. VeeV is essentially an acai berry, 60 proof vodka. You'll notice a unique, tart flavor that's similar to a combination of blueberry and cherry.

  • 1 part Coruba Coconut rum, 1 part VeeV, 5 parts pineapple juice. Pour ingredients over ice and drizzle grenadine to finish.

 

Captain's Mai Tai
The original mai tai was created by Trader Vic and was purportedly named when he served his new rum creation to one of his Tahitian friends who, upon tasting it, exclaimed "Maita'i roa ae!" The Tahitian phrase literally translates to "Very good. The best!" but is more accurately translated as "Out of this World!" I guess that makes this one a very good captain. But, even if you think he's the worst captain of all time, you HAVE heard of him, haven't you?

  • 2 parts Captain Morgan Original Spiced rum, 1 part Amaretto, 6 parts mai tai mix. Pour ingredients over ice and finish with a drizzle (called a floater) of Myers' Dark Rum.

 

Dragon Berry Splash
This drink highlights Bacardi's Dragon Berry rum. This rum has a unique flavor combination of strawberry with a pronounced floral accent from the dragon berry.

  • 1 part Bacardi Dragon Berry rum, 2 parts sweet & sour, 1 part cranberry juice. Pour ingredients over ice leaving a little room for grenadine and soda. Add a splash of soda water (or sprite) and finish with a drizzle of grenadine.

 

Caribbean Limeade

While there's not a bit of actual lime in this limeade, you will find Midori, which is a bright green Mexican liqueur with a pronounced sweet honeydew melon flavor. Its addition to nearly any tropical drink makes it tasty, sweet, and frankly, a little special. Note to the bartenders, don't go cheap on this and try to substitute an alternative to Midori. It won't be the same.

  • 1 part Skyy Infusions Pineapple vodka, 1 part Midori Melon liqueur, 4 parts Minute Maid Simply Lemonade. Pour ingredients over ice and serve.

 

Banana Cabana
This drink seems to work equally well whether or not you're actually under a cabana while you drink it.

  • 2 parts Cruzan Mango rum, 2 parts Cruzan Guava rum, 1 part Creme de banana liqueur, 3 parts orange juice, 3 parts pineapple juice. Shake or stir, serve over ice and THEN add a drizzle of grenadine.

This works great in a pitcher or a punch bowl - just do the grenadine after you pour the drink into a glass.


Grand Margarita
Margaritas made with the good stuff always taste fresh and citrusy. May we suggest going with a little higher end "good stuff" with an upgrade to Herradura anejo to make it even better.


Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea
Lots of people joke that ordering a Long Island Iced Tea is as much a cry for help as it is a drink order. No judgement from us though. In fact, we'll be the ones telling you it looks delicious and asking where you got it. This "Ultimate" version uses a tea flavored vodka and delicious Hendrick's cucumber flavored gin. If you can't find Teaka, Firefly or Jeremiah Weed are good alternatives.

  • 1 part Bacardi Superior rum, 1 part Teaka Sweet Tea vodka, 1 part Hendrick's gin, 1 part Cointreau, 1 part Mr. & Mrs. T's sweet & sour, 1 part Coke. Pour ingredients over ice and serve.

 

Poolside Plunge
Bright pink, fizzy, and tart!

  • 1 part Bacardi O rum, 1 part Bacardi Razz rum, 3 parts Mr. & Mrs. T's sweet & sour, 1 part Sprite. Pour ingredients over ice and drizzle a good amount of grenadine over the top to make it bright pink just like it is by the pool at (insert favorite Disney Pool Bar here).


Blackberry Peach Lemonade
Smooth, sweet, ice cold and refreshing on a hot day.

  • 1 part Firefly Peach Tea vodka, 2 parts Minute Maid lemonade, 1 part soda water. Pour ingredients over ice and add a good drizzle of Monin Blackberry syrup. As with the other Monin products that Disney uses, the blackberry syrup will be tough to find. The easiest substitution to find is blackberry schnapps. Of course, a drizzle of schnapps will add a small amount of alcohol to the drink that isn't in the original.

 

Tropical Mojito
Mojitos are really the it drink of the last few years in large part, thanks to the bartender flare that goes in to making them. Disney's used mango rum and pineapple juice for their sweet tropical variation.

  • Place 5 to 6 fresh mint leaves in the bottom of the glass, add a good drizzle of agave nectar and gently muddle for a few seconds. You're not looking for a pulp, just to gently bruise the mint to let out some of the essential oils contained within. If you don't have a muddling stick, crush the leaves tightly in your hand and tear each leaf into about 4 pieces for a similar effect. Add ice and then pour in; 1 part Cruzan Mango rum, 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part soda water (don't substitute sprite for this one or it'll be too sweet.) This drink works well in a small pitcher.
Sunday
Mar202011

Polynesian Resort

Lapu Lapu
Quite possibly the most famous drink on all of Disney property! This delightful mix served in a hollowed-out pineapple does an excellent job of transporting you to the tropics!

  • 2 parts Myers's Dark Rum, 2 parts pineapple juice, 3 parts orange juice, 1 part sweet and sour mix, topped with 1 part Bacardi 151 rum floated on the top.


Tropical Macaw
This delicious tropical drink is supposed to layer, to mimic the macaw's beautiful red and green feathers. One too many and you might start seeing parrots...

  • Start with 1 part Parrot Bay coconut rum and 1 part Midori melon liqueur, then add ice to the top of the glass. Gently pour in 2 parts pineapple juice and 2 parts cranberry juice and serve. Unless the drinker wants all of the alcohol at the bottom they'll have to ruin the effect to distribute the rum. But, it was fun to look at while it lasted, right?


Backscratcher
Backscratcha! Ever wonder if there was anything more embarrassing than getting a drink with an umbrella in it, well, this tops it! A nearly 2ft long wooden backscracther comes sticking straight out of the glass. Tell those snickering across the bar that this is one potent concoction.

  • 1 part Bacardi Superior rum, 1 part Myers's Original Dark rum, 5 parts guava passion fruit juice mix, float a shot of Jack Daniels on top, throw a bamboo backscratcher in, and you're set!


Pina Colada
Pina Coladas might not be a unique drink, but the Tambu Lounge makes one of the best ones we've ever had. Not to mention it comes in an authentic tiki glass.

  • 1.5 parts rum, 3 parts pineapple juice, 2 parts creme de coconut (ie. Coco Lopez)
  • This is easiest to do in large batches, it's two 15oz cans of coco lopez to one 46 oz can of pineapple juice. Shake the coco lopez before you open the can so it'll pour out of the can and pour all three cans into a blender (no other measuring required!) and blend until smooth. Pour your mix into a pitcher for later use.
  • Now, make 'em to order, 3 parts mix from your pitcher to 1 part rum poured into a blender with ice and blend. It's the perfect pina colada every time. Your mix will last in the fridge for about three days but will need to be stirred before use if left to sit.


 **BONUS DRINK**

Zombie
Not part of Disney's menu, but it should be...and I couldn't figure out a better place to feature my favorite new tiki drink! This cocktail has a lot going on, among the sweet fruit juice found in most tiki drinks you'll also enjoy Falernum's warm clove, Pernod's delicate anise and Donn's well balanced cinnamon mix adding a lot of that "can't put my finger on it" great flavor. Of course, be careful, there's a reason they call them zombies.

The following is Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's recipe as published in Imbibe Magazine. It's allegedly Donn Beach's recipe from his famous restaurant The Beachcomber, the birthplace of the original Zombie.

1 1/2 oz. Jamaican rum
1 1/2 oz. gold Puerto Rican rum
1 oz. 151-proof Demerara rum (easy to find sub: Bacardi 151)
1/8 tsp. Herbsaint or Pernod
1/2 oz. falernum (Tough to find locally but available online)
1/2 oz. Donn’s Mix (see below)
1 tsp. grenadine
1 dash Angostura bitters
6 oz. crushed ice
Tools: blender
Glass: chimney
Garnish: mint sprig

Put everything in blender, saving ice for last. Blend at high speed for no more than 5 seconds. Pour into glass and add ice cubes to fill. Garnish.

 

Donn's Mix

3 cinnamon sticks, crushed
1 cup sugar
1 cup grapefruit juice

Create an infused simple syrup by heating cinnamon sticks, sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit for at least 2 hours before straining into a clean glass bottle. To finish making the mix, add 1 part of the syrup to 2 parts fresh grapefruit juice.

Simple Modifications

Budget Friendly Mod: Substitute Gold Rum for all three rums. This also makes it a drink you can enjoy all night as taking out the 151 overproof rum drastically reduces alcohol content. Of course, adding more rum could keep it budget friendly while maintaining much of the original recipe's punch.

Orange/Pineapple Mod: Swap a half cup of orange or pineapple juice for half of the grapefruit juice in Donn's Mix for a very different but still very delicious cocktail.

Easy Drinkin' Mod: If there's one complaint, it's the same one that many tiki drinks suffer from, it's a little sweet and a little syrupy. Cut the sweet syrup flavor with a few ounces of soda water or sprite.