It’s the end of a long, hot day at one of the parks at Walt Disney World, and you’re ready to relax, cool off, and re-hydrate with a refreshing adult beverage. Luckily, there are numerous restaurants, kiosks, and bars that are ready to satisfy your thirst. Don’t forget about the delicious specialty drinks available during special events and festivals, like Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival in the spring and the International Food and Wine Festival in the fall. This is especially important because of the recent addition to the Disney Dining Plan including one specialty alcoholic beverage per meal at both quick service and table service restaurants for guests 21 and older. The beverage can be beer, wine, or a single serving cocktail.
While there are excellent wines and beer lists at Walt Disney World dining establishments, I typically focus my attention on the creative cocktails, fresh and frozen, that are perfect on a steamy Florida day. Many of the drinks can also be made as a non-alcoholic version too. Check out my top ten list of refreshing alcoholic beverages that next time you need to quench your thirst!
1. Orange Slush
Stroll over to Les Vins des Chefs de France at the France pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase and enjoy the popular Orange Slush, a frozen concoction of Grand Marnier, orange juice, and rum. Equally as popular and just as refreshing is the Lemonade Slush with Grey Goose Citron. Guests can also purchase these drinks at the kiosk outside.
2. Canto Loopy
While you’re in the World Showcase, check out Joy of Tea in the China Pavilion for a fun drink called the Canto Loopy. Perfect on a hot Florida day, this drink is a fresh blend of cantaloupe juice and vodka, although all you can taste is the fruit. While you’re at the Joy of Tea, also try the Mango Gingerita, a ginger libation mixed with rum and vodka.
3. Yak Attack
During your adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, trek over to Yak & Yeti Quality Beverage for a Yak Attack, a wild daiquiri drink sweetened with mango and wildberry juices, along with Don Q Cristal rum. It’s the perfect refresher for your jungle expeditions in this park.
4. Mo’ara Margarita
If you’re discovering the new Pandora area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, stop by Pongu Pongu for a mysterious Mo’ara Margarita. It’s the perfect combination of blood orange and strawberry with a glowing Unadelata seed and strawberry Boba Balls.
5. California Sunset
A stylish new addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Baseline Tap House in the Grand Avenue section has a great variety of refreshing drinks to try, including California wines and beers, hard cider, and a California Sunset. A tasty mix of orange juice, sweet-and sour, berry acai vodka, pomegranate juice, and Southern Comfort, it’s a great drink to relax with on a warm day, or really any day for that matter!
6. Lapu Lapu
Take a monorail ride to Disney’s Polynesian Resort and get ready for a tropical twist with the Lapu Lapu. Served in a pineapple, this combination of fruit juice and orange dark rum is a classic cocktail that hits the spot. Try this at the Kona Café, ‘Ohana, and the Tambu Lounge.
7. Piña Colada
Sometimes the best plan for the day simply involves not leaving your resort. Grab a lounge chair by the pool and enjoy a classic piña colada. Many of the Walt Disney World resorts have a pool bar that offers a selection of frozen alcoholic beverages. Try this well-known drink with raspberry puree for a sweet indulgence.
8. Tropical Drinks at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Disney Springs is experiencing a renaissance of exciting new restaurants and bars that all have an extensive drink menu. A unique option is Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, perfectly themed from Indiana Jones movies. While you’re checking out the décor and enjoying the menu, try the Cool-Headed Monkey, a wonderful concoction of lime, watermelon, and pineapple juices, Starr African rum, and tangerine liqueur.
9. Turtle Krawl
While it’s a little out of the way, The Gurgling Suitcase at Disney’s Old Key West Resort is breezy and tropical, so it’s the best place that I can think of to enjoy a Turtle Krawl. Relax at an outside table with this sweet blend of pineapple, lime, and orange juices, spiced rum, white rum, and coconut rum.
10. Margaritas in Mexico
Walking around the Mexico pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase offers very little shade, so finding a refreshing drink is a definite must do. While the quick and table service restaurants have fresh and frozen margaritas and cold Mexican beer, a new margarita stand is also opening soon, Choza de Margarita. The menu will offer small bites and several delicious varieties of frozen margaritas, including lime, passion mango, and wild strawberry. The handcrafted margarita options include lime cucumber, guava pink peppercorn, and grapefruit. Any one of these options are a great way to satisfy your thirst.