REVIEW: Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2019
Welcome to a Marketplace Booth review for the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place in the park from August 29 to November 23, 2019. This review will cover the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar kiosk located near Port of Entry. This is a one-stop shop creative mimosas during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. (Note that the menu prices do not include tax!)
Photos of Menu Items from Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almond Milk, Fresh Berries, and Chocolate Almond Streusel – $4.25
2017’s version was topped with Crunchy Chocolate Oats; this year’s version has Chocolate Almond Streusel. It’s s a pretty delicious sundae filled with fresh berries and crunchy oats. It’s a little bit of a fruit overload and very tart, but the overall banana flavor of the soft-serve wins in the end. This is a really good dessert, probably one of the best at the festival (if you don’t hate almond milk with a passion, perhaps.)
*NEW* Cheesecake Trio: Raspberry, Chocolate, and New York-style Cheesecake Bites – $5.00
All of them were pretty bland. The New York style was the worst, the raspberry and chocolate were slightly better. One of our reporters thought the raspberry flavor was pretty good and creamy.
*NEW* Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone – $5.25
The strawberry soft serve was… strawberry soft serve. The cone was covered in pink frosting with pearlescent sprinkles for the shimmer in “shimmering”. It was very soft soft-serve and it melted into soup extremely quickly, so be ready for a bit of a mess.
Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava Juices – $6.00
As you can tell from the picture, this one is rather pulpy. While there’s some good flavors going on here, this tasted too much like a basic orange juice and champagne mimosa to be anything really special. There are better options at this booth.
Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice – $6.00
They’re using white cranberry juice in this mixture to keep the overall clear profile of the drink. This one is rather tart, with a distinct key lime flavor that overpowers any of the potential cranberry taste. It tastes more like just the key lime sparkling wine that we’ve seen at past festivals which makes sense: it’s the same wine. $6.00 isn’t a bad price for the flute considering the Key Lime Sparkling Wine appeared for $11.75 this year at Flower & Garden Festival’s Florida Fresh booth.
Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice – $6.00
Can you feel the pulp tonight… floating in your drink? There’s even more pulp in this one than the tropical mimosa, but this one works ten times better. The blood orange flavor is prominent and not overbearing, just tart enough to smack your lips together. Definitely the smartest option at the mimosa bar.
We love White Claw! No really, the alcoholic hard seltzer is one of our favorite canned beverages here at WDWNT. Seeing the tasty seltzer used in a frozen beverage had us intrigued and made us believers on the first sip. Again, frozen drinks are rather difficult to drink without a straw, but you can easily sip across the wide brim. There’s a pungent lime flavor to the entire drink even though it’s a dark pink. The White Claw hard seltzer takes center stage here overpowering the flavor so that it literally tastes like a White Claw slushy. It’s good, albeit a little sweet. Well worth the $6 price tag.
Moët & Chandon describes their Imperial Brut as having “the vibrant intensity of green apple and citrus fruit,” “the freshness of mineral nuances and white flowers,” and “the elegance of blond notes (brioche, cereal, fresh nuts).”
From Dom Pérignon: “Notes of guava and spicy green grapefruit zest combine with stone fruit: white peach and nectarine. The wine opens up, with the whole complemented by woody vanilla and warm, lightly toasted brioche.” “The fruit is majestic: ripe, fleshy and profound. Beyond the richness and a certain voluptuousness is a strong impression of consistency that prevails. The wine’s power is remarkably restrained. The various sensations – silky, salty, sappy, bitter and briny – converge and persist.”
Gilbert & Gaillard says that the Brut Rosé has “expressive aromas of strawberry and very ripe wild strawberries. A full-bodied, structured, vinous palate which stays fresh. Length and character define this champagne.”
Location of Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar is located near Port of Entry, at Number 36 on the map below.
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