Even though 2020 is now officially behind us, quite a few Walt Disney World restaurants and bars remain closed, including the beloved Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. However, Tambu Lounge in the lobby of the Polynesian now has a way for you to get your tiki fix.
The Citrus Surfer tiki cocktail is served with a special Citrus Surfer Tiki Mug. It has a deep blue and white glaze with a tiki style surfer on the front. The mug and drink are $32.00, which is in line with the pricing of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto specialty mugs served with a themed drink. The down side is that the Trader Sam’s experience is not part of it.
The Citrus Surfer drink is made with classic tiki drink ingredients: Pyrat XO Reserve Rum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Orgeat (Almond), and Falernum, with a blend of lime, lemon, and grapefruit juices. Both of the rums are pretty middle of the road, and are used in quite a few Trader Sam’s cocktails. The orgeat and falernum are staples are any traditional tiki cocktail and add a layer of spice and earthiness. The lime, lemon, and grapefruit juices are the perfect blend of a tiki cocktail served in Florida. This is definitely a tart and dry cocktail, but not too sour.
The drink is served in a regular cocktail glass if you’re enjoying the limited seating in the Tambu Lounge area, or to-go. The tiki mug in presented in bubble wrap and a box. This makes it possible for you to stroll around the Polynesian or sit on the beach enjoying your drink without worry of damaging the mug.
Are you a tiki mug collector? Do you miss Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto?