This is it! Our final drink of the 12 Drinks of Christmas. It’s called The Shadow.
We stopped by the relaxing Belle Vue Lounge at the Boardwalk Inn to try our final drink. If you’ve never been to the Belle Vue, they play old radio serials on vintage radio replicas. Back in the 1930′s, a show called The Shadow first aired, and that show is presumably the namesake for this cocktail made with Chambord, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Vanilla Vodka, and cream. This drink used to be found on the lounge’s cocktail menu, but they’ve since switched to the standard lounge menu so if you’d like to give this one a try, you’ll have to ask your bartender if they know how to make it.
This drink was described to us to be like a chocolate covered cherry. I’d say that fits pretty well, and out of all the cocktails we tried over the holidays, this one was my favorite. Though admittedly, as I have mentioned before, I do have a thing for Chambord. That being said, my companion, who is not the Chambord lover that I am, found this drink to be a satisfying treat as well.
That’s it for this year’s round of the 12 Drinks of Christmas. Hope you find something among them that you’d like to try yourself!
The martini. A classic American cocktail with an aura of sophistication. And you’re drinking it at Disney World? Sure. Why not.
These days, the moniker of ”martini” has morphed into a catch-all for drinks served in the glass of the same name. But lets talk about “real” martinis, the “old school” ones made of gin and vermouth, and their close cousins, like the vodka martini, with their olives or twists of lemon. These are the martinis that call for a certain atmosphere. Just any theme park lounge simply will not do.
So whether you like your martinis shaken or stirred, wet or dry, and maybe even a little dirty, here are five great places for enjoying the preferred cocktail of aviators, spies, and “Mad Men” everywhere.
- Hollywood Brown Derby
Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Hollywood Brown Derby has an atmosphere that is reminiscent of old Hollywood. This restaurant is exactly the type of place to have a martini at Disney World. The Derby serves up a few different varieties of them under the names of some of its Streetmosphere characters, as well as a martini flight for those who might have a difficult time choosing.
- Belle Vue Lounge
This 1930s sitting room features board games and working radios playing shows from a bygone era…
- Mizner’s Lounge
While the Mizner’s Lounge doesn’t quite live up to the grandeur of the rest of Grand Floridian, with comfy chairs, subtle lighting and the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra playing the night away just outside, the atmosphere still makes for a perfect place to enjoy a martini.
- Territory Lounge
The charm of the Pacific Northwest is alive and well at the Wilderness Lodge’s Territory Lounge, and here you can enjoy “The Classic” – a gin martini with either olives or a lemon twist, or for something a little different, the “North Flight” – Grey Goose vodka served with bleu cheese stuffed olives.
- Top of the World Lounge