With weather heating up across most of the nation (except for those of you in the Midwest and Great Lakes states – you could use this sunshine in a glass!), it’s about time we get our bars ready for some summer pink drinks! Today we’re breaking out our Tiki glassware and shaking up an Aulani Sunrise!
This drink was featuring during the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. And with the recent release of the 2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Series lineup, what better reason to toast to what’s ahead!
2013 Hawaii Menu
While I passed on ordering the cocktail at the kiosk last year, here’s a look at the cocktail from the 2013 official cookbook for the festival. I love the Mickey ice cube!
Amarula Cream Liqueur is a bit of a staple at Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge, popping up in mixed drinks at various restaurants and bars (such as the African Coffee served at Tamu Tamu Refreshments). The South African liqueur is comprised of cream, sugar and fruit from the African marula tree. During the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the Outpost, the African-inspired “village” located between China and Germany, served a cocktail called the Brown Elephant (Melissa Sue of Mouse on the Mind was a fan!). Since I didn’t have a chance to sample it during the festival, I was happy to see its recipe in this year’s festival cookbook.
The cocktail is a simple one, featuring Amarula (which I found with the other cream liqueurs, such as Bailey’s Irish Cream, in my local Publix liquor store), milk and Coca-Cola. As you can see above, I used Caffeine Free Diet Coke (we only drink diet soda, and since I was making this drink at night, I didn’t want the caffeine).
Last year, when Terra was introduced to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, I was excited to see vegan options making their way into festival. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for the Chili Colorado that I tried, and wasn’t too keen on trying the other items that were available. I’ve heard reviews from both ends of the spectrum regarding the food served here, from love to straight up hate. Like every other post on the blog, I’m honest as to what I think of what I try. And I’ll be honest in saying that I wasn’t planning on revisiting Terra until I spotted the Fresh Watermelon Juice.
The idea of Fresh Watermelon Juice on the hot day I was in Epcot sounded wonderful. I gladly will sip the juice that escapes watermelon when I slice it up at home. It’s light, summery and just sweet enough, and the juice served at Terra is no different.
One Epcot Food & Wine Festival item I’ve contemplated ordering is the Shakin’ Jamaican Coffee from the American Adventure Coffee Cart. The coffee drink is served hot or frozen, and is a combination of Joffrey’s coffee, Kahlua, Vanilla and Caramel. Now, here’s the thing with me and coffee: I like the taste, but I don’t drink it. I maybe have it once a year, and if I’m drinking it, I will be drinking it black. And if you see me drinking it, it would be wise to run in the opposite direction.
Sure, I’ve gone to “have a cup of coffee” with friends and hang out back in the college days, and my coffee would be laced with some skim milk and a couple artificial sweeteners. I didn’t mind it. I did mind coffee breath. Oh, how I can’t stand that part, especially when I’m not smelling it on my own breath. Eventually I realized that I could still hang out and instead have a water or soda or anything BUT coffee instead.
In Germany, you can typically find the same menu (with different names and minor tweaks) year after year: A gratin with ham and cheese, a sausage in a pretzel roll, and apple strudel, all of which are perfectly fine. I remember in 2011 when they changed things up a bit and offered a delicious Goulash Soup. Crazy!
I was wondering if some of the items served at the Bauernmarkt kiosk during Flower & Garden would make their way onto the menu (let’s face it, I did that with basically every kiosk during F&G! ;)), but they did not, and Germany stuck with that they knew: A gratin with ham and cheese, a sausage in a pretzel roll, and apple strudel.
Last year, the Schinkennudeln (then called Schinken Nudel) was quite salty to me. I’m not sure I’ll reorder it, but it’s very likely the heavy salt was a fluke. I think I’m kind of hesitant to reorder it primarily because of a recent aversion to eggs (primarily the scrambled variety; egg salad sounds kind of good) I’ve been having. I think I’ve been eating to much of it (breakfast posts here on the blog) and got sick of it. Pray that never happens with bacon. But I digress.
Poland’s kiosk at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is one that I’ve often visited over the years, simply because so many of the foods were familiar and comfort food-esque items for me growing up. I’d always order the Golabki and the Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi, even though “homemade tastes sooo much better” because, let’s face it, I’m not going to eat an 9″ x 11″ tray of golabki on my own (Matt doesn’t like the cabbage), and the hours of labor that go into pierogies just isn’t feasible, even if I were to freeze the army’s worth that I’d inevitably end up making.
Last year, a new item was introduced: Zapiekanki. It was completely new to me, and I truly enjoyed it. I have yet to order it this year, but it will be happening, along with the Frozen Szarlotka. I’ll update this page when that happens and let you know how everything is. 😉