An Excuse to Drink – 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World on ahistoryofdrinking.com

October 1, 1971: The Magic Kingdom, the first of the Walt Disney World parks, opens. Built on 27,000 acres near Orlando Florida, the park was constructed after the success of the Disney Land property in California. Currently bringing in over 17 million visitors a year, the park has only closed for the September 11th attacks and hurricanes Floyd, Frances and Charlie.

Unlike the sparse cocktail offerings for Disneyland, Disney World is rather forthcoming with its adult beverage recipes.

Cafe Danois:

adapted from a Walt Disney World Resorts recipe

Since National Coffee day was only a few days ago, I thought it appropriate to include one their signature “international” coffees

  • 1 oz cognac
  • 1/2 oz Cherry Heering
  • Coffee
  • whipped cream

Glass: Sugar-rimmed Irish Coffee glass

Garnish: cinnamon stick

Build in glass, top with coffee and whipped cream.

Smooth Sailing

from Disney’s Polynesian Resort

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup sour mix (be sure to make your own!!)
  • 1/2 oz Cherry Heering

Glass: 8oz glass (real type not stated)

Garnish: orange slice and maraschino cherry

Stir with ice in mixing glass. Strain into glass with a float of Cherry Heering. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.

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