You’ve probably heard about drinking around the world at Epcot’s World Showcase, and you may even know about the monorail bar crawls you can do around the Magic Kingdom area resorts, but have you thought about doing the same around Crescent Lake? This area includes all of the Epcot Resorts, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, the BoardWalk Inn, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and each resort offers a range of specialty beverage you won’t find anywhere else. Here’s what you can’t miss if you crawl around Crescent Lake on your next Disney trip:
1. Seaworthy Breeze from Ale & Compass
Dine at Ale & Compass for lunch or dinner at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, or swing by the lounge to get a taste of the Seaworthy Breeze. This mix of Yacht Club Vodka, grapefruit, and cranberry juices may seem like one of the more standard drinks on this list, but the splash of grapefruit juice adds a kick of tartness to the drink making it a unique take on a traditional vodka cranberry. With the richer and seafood focused menu at Ale & Compass, this drink can also be quite refreshing and a great way to balance out your palette.
2. 32 oz drink specials at Jellyrolls
The specific drinks offered for this special vary nightly, but you can typically expect to find familiar cocktails like Blue Hawaiians or Sex on the Beach. These 32 oz. specials run about $12, making them a steal for their size especially for drinking at a Disney resort. Jellyrolls does have a cover fee to get in (which is also $12) so ordering the drink specials can really help stretch your dollar here.
3. Beachside Bubbles from Cape May Cafe
Grab breakfast at Cape May Cafe and sup on one of the most unique breakfast drinks at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Beachside Bubbles cocktail is a mix of sparkling wine with orange-guava-passion fruit juice. If you’ve ever tried the complimentary Jungle Juice at Boma that comes with breakfast, this drink offers a similar flavor with bubbles added from the sparkling wine. If brunch is your thing, Beachside Bubbles offers a change from standard mimosas and Bloody Mary’s you tend to see around the resorts.
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4. Proud Marys from Phins
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts feature ‘brunch in a glass’ at Phins, the lobby bar located on the Dolphin side of the resort complex. The list of Proud Marys (served on Sundays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm) are inspired by the resort’s restaurants, and they truly are brunch in a glass. The Maria Italiano for instance is inspired by Il Mulino, and features Giardiniera, italian seasonings, and skewers of antipasti, while the Hail Mary takes its cue from Shula’s, with filet mignon, a lobster claw, bbq shrimp, and steak sauce.
5. Hard floats from Beaches and Cream
Beaches and Cream may just seem like a go-to sundae stop, but it’s actually home to some of the most unique alcoholic beverages at the Walt Disney World Resort. This family ice cream shop offers hard floats, combining beers and hard sodas with classic ice cream combinations. Try a hard orange soda or hard root beer float, or go for something even more unique like the s’mores float made with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, amarula cream liqueur, and Bols Creme de Dark Cacao all topped with marshmallow, chocolate sauce, and graham crackers.
6. Pepper’s Ghost from Abracadabar
Back over at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, magical drinks are brewing at Abracadabar. The Pepper’s Ghost drink not only pays homage to the classic optical illusion (that is actually used to create the effects seen in the ballroom sequence on the Haunted Mansion), but it also offers a spicy kick you won’t find in other drinks around Crescent Lake. Pepper’s Ghost is made with Ciroc Pineapple Vodka and habanero lime, offering the perfect sweet and spicy mix for a unique specialty cocktail.
7. Captain’s Seaside Sensation from BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas
Craving pineapple without the spice of the Pepper’s Ghost? In addition to all of the tasty margaritas you can find at BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas, you can also order a pineapple smoothie spiked with Captain Morgan (aka the Captain’s Seaside Sensation). It’s refreshing and boozy without being too sweet or too over the top in terms of rum, and it’s a wonderful choice for strolling through the BoardWalk or grabbing for an early lunch on the go.