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 TWENTY THREE: Backscratcher at Tambu Lounge (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort)
The Backscratcher at Tambu Lounge is a 25 Drinks of Christmas entry that is literally a year in the making. When we decided to make this virtual advent calendar last year, the first two drinks we immediately knew would make the list were Tambu’s Lapu Lapu and Backscratcher. Unfortunately, every single time we went to the bar, they were out of the drink’s signature bamboo backscratchers.
So our New Year’s Resolution for 2015 was a simple one: to get a Backscratcher at the Tambu Lounge with a backscratcher in it, and guess what? Mission accomplished. One of the most iconic cocktails on Disney property, the Backscratcher is strong but not overwhelmingly sweet. Because a reservation at the nearby ‘Ohana is almost as hard to get as a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite, we recommend a Backscratcher at Tambu, an order of the honey-coriander chicken wings, and of course bread pudding for dessert.
Ingredients: Bacardi Superior Rum, Myers’s Original Dark Rum, and Passion Fruit Juice topped with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a Bamboo Backscratcher.
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
DAY NINETEEN: Swedish Fish at Todd English’s bluezoo
DAY TWENTY: Potion of the God’s at Mythos
DAY TWENTY ONE: HippopotoMai-Tai at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
DAY TWENTY TWO: Cotton-Tini at T-Rex Cafe
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.