We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day.
Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!
DAY NINETEEN: Swedish Fish at Todd English’s bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort)
One of our all time favorite drinks at Walt Disney World was the Bazooka Joe at Todd English’s bluezoo. Vodka infused with Bazooka Joe gum and served with a Bazooka Joe comic on top. Th drink was bluezoo in a nutshell: wildly original and tasted incredible. While the Bazooka Joe is currently off the menu, in its place we recommend the Swedish Fish. Similar to the Bazooka Joe, the Swedish Fish takes a treat many of us grew up with, infuses it with vodka, and immediately puts a smile on our face.
Because bluezoo is at the Dolphin, many WDW guests don’t consider it when listing their favorite bars on property, but it is just steps away from the BoardWalk area and Epcot. A bar crawl of bluezoo, Crew’s Cup, Belle Vue Lounge, La Cava del Tequila, Tutto Gusto, a Grand Marnier slush in France and a beer and pretzel in Germany goes toe to toe with any list on property.
Ingredients: Imperia Russian vodka infused with swedish fish. Shaken with fresh lemon juice and rock candy syrup, served up and topped with a swedish fish foam.
Previous Drinks of Christmas:
DAY TWO: Dufftoberfest at Duff Brewery
DAY THREE: Godiva Chocolate Martini at Mizner’s Lounge
DAY FOUR: Blood Orange Side Car at Swizzle Lounge
DAY FIVE: Imperial Pilsner at Morimoto Asia
DAY SIX: Smoking Gun at Emeril’s Orlando
DAY SEVEN: Mint Julep at BOATHOUSE
DAY EIGHT: Bees Knees at The Cowfish
DAY ELEVEN: Key West Kiss at Shark’s Underwater Grill
DAY TWELVE: LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern
DAY THIRTEEN: Himalayan Ghost at Thirsty River Bar
DAY FOURTEEN: Schweitzer Slush at Skipper Canteen
DAY FIFTEEN: Dark & Tropical Stormy at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
DAY SIXTEEN: Pear Cider with Firewhisky at Leaky Cauldron
DAY SEVENTEEN: Under the Florida Moon at The Wave… of American Flavors
DAY EIGHTEEN: Hog’s Tea at the Hog’s Head Pub
Interested in theme park drinks? Then do we have a eBook for you! The Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges eGuide by Brian McNichols. Over 250 pages and containing well over 400 photos, this eGuide takes you through EVERY bar and lounge on WDW property (trust me, Brian has the kidneys problems to prove it!) Also included? Recipes for some of your favorite WDW drinks. Ratings, descriptions, and photos for each of the 70+ bars and lounges. Talk about the perfect Christmas present!
Special thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover and Fred Weasley’s widow Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.