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25 Drinks of Christmas – Day 11: BOURBON BREEZE at Petals Pool Bar (Pop Century)

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The Christmas season is our absolute favorite time of the year. Growing up, one of the little things I loved most was getting an Advent calendar and counting down the days until Santa would be coming down the chimney. As I grew older, I had to leave Advent calendars in the rear view mirror,* but I still miss that daily countdown building anticipation to the big day. So, we’re going to start a virtual Advent calendar here at TouringPlans. For 2022, we are going to countdown our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort.

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on the property. Bonus points are awarded for the atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

Today we are finishing up our Skyliner Series portion of the countdown, as we visited venues off the new Disney transportation system. We started off at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill at Disney’s Beach Club resort, went to Bar Riva at the Riviera Resort, took a short trip to Banana Cabana at the Caribbean Resort, and now we find ourselves at Pop Century.

The Drink – Bourbon Breeze
Location – Petals Pool Bar (Disney’s Pop Century Resort)

Petals Pool Bar. (photo by Mike Carelli)

BOURBON BREEZE – Ingredients: Old Forester bourbon with cranberry, lime and pomegranate juices topped with Fever-Tree ginger beer.

Once again we are reaching out to a Certified Drinking Expert (AKA ) Professor Daniel Miller, co-author of the book Drinking at Disney, and the guy who is on a first name basis with every Uber driver on WDW property.

Our trip along the Disney Skyliner concludes with a stop at an unlikely guest favorite, Petals pool bar. You don’t often find value resorts on a must-do list, but the bright colors, fun musical soundtrack, and great staff give Petals an atmosphere that is quite different from its value counterparts. Petals has a solid cocktail mentu, but the Bourban Breeze stands out to me with its non-traditional pool bar makeup consisting of Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged Bourbon with Cranberry, Lime and Pomegranate Juices topped with Fever Tree Ginger Beer, which allows you to take a nice sip, and take in the fun sounds of a half century of great chart topping hits in the Central Florida sun (ok I usually suggest the shade.)” – Prof. Daniel Miller

Bourbon Breeze. (photo by Mike Carelli)

Certainly one of the strongest drinks we have had at any Disney pool bar, the Bourbon Breeze will have you feeling “wonderful” in no time.

Bourbon Breeze. (photo by Mike Carelli)
Blueberry Lemonade – Three Olives blueberry vodka, Bols blue curaçao, and Minute Maid premium lemonade with juices of lemon and pomegranate topped with Sprite.

Maybe not the best way to drink in Florida – but certainly the most expensive – is to buy canned beer at theme park resort pool bars. What can I say though, I’m a Miller Lite Guy. One way to make this experience a little better though is wrapping your ice cold can of America’s Best in a magnetic Pop Century coozie.

Two versions are available, both sold at Petals.

Petals. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Petals is located directly outside the main pool area of Pop Century, the Hippy Dippy Pool.

Hippy Dippy Pool. (photo by Mike Carelli)
’70s building. (photo by Mike Carelli)

25 Drinks of Christmas TouringPlans Brought to Me…

See you tomorrow for the next entry into the 25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown, where we are going to head over to another Value Resort “down the street” from Disney, Universal’s ENDLESS SUMMER. If you had fun, be sure to check out any of our other fun series including Theme Park Hills to Die On, the adventures of David & Derek (theme park’s Goofus & Gallant,) or the famous (infamous?) Theme Park Turkeys of the Year awards. for your listening pleasure, check out the Parkscope Podcast. Your humble author can also be seen producing typos at an inhuman rate on Twitter: @derekburgan

The 25 Drinks of Christmas series couldn’t be done without an All Star team behind us including world class photographers Michael Carelli, Brandon Glover, Scott Sanders, and Hedghehog’s Corner. The drink listing came from a double-secret blue ribbon panel comprised of SAT SIX Fun Squaders including: Megan Stump, Nitro230,The Man Formerly Known as @DrunkAtDisney, Bethany Vinton, Parkscope Joe and Parkscope Nick. As always, Digital Maestro Scott Walker was the cherry on top of the sundae.

*That is an absolute lie. I still buy an advent calendar every year with chocolates in it, and I also buy an annual box of Christmas Crunch, but we’ll keep that between us.

Getting texts from VIPet Resort (formerly Best Friends Pet Resort) while enjoying a drink poolside at Petals. Is there any other way to enjoy life?

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