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 SIX: Smoking Gun at Emeril’s Orlando (Universal CityWalk)
Earlier this year Emeril’s Orlando debuted a new menu seemingly just to get onto the 25 Drinks of Christmas list as it contained a whole bunch of GREAT new drinks. We fell in love with the Ramos Gin Fizz, the New G&T, and the Passion Fruit Hurricane, but what you absolutely must get is the Smoking Gun. Theme park alcohol expert Drunk@Disney agrees with us that not only did the Smoking Gun rise above an impressive list in the taste department, but it also had the best backstory (an original Al Capone recipe).
Ingredients: Templeton Rye Whiskey, Dom de Canton, Black Walnut Bitters, lemon juice, and almond orgeat)
Emeril’s Orlando is THE white linen restaurant at the Universal Orlando Resort and is possibly the best place to have a great dinner out with your significant other. The service is impeccable, the food is off the charts, the drink list competes with any other place on property, and it also has one of the best desserts in Orlando: Emeril’s Banana Creme Pie (and yes, you can get one to go while walking from the parks to your car in the parking garage).
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
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 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.