REVIEW: Every Refreshingly Patriotic Specialty Beverage from the Walk-Up Bar at Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue at EPCOT
Today’s a day for the red, white, and ‘cue! Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue has finally opened at The American Adventure at EPCOT, and if a full menu of barbecue isn’t enticing enough, there’s even a walk-up bar offering craft beers and wines on tap, as well as specialty cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages! We’re feeling thirsty, so let’s belly up to the bar and sample what they have to offer!
The berry sparkler tasted just like water with fruit flavoring. It sounds amazing, but it isn’t worth the money, just drink water or grab the Frozen Iced Tea Lemonade. We didn’t find much taste to it, maybe a hint of berry flavor.
Frozen Iced Tea Lemonade (Frosty blend of Tea and Citrus) – $4.99
Our group was somewhat divided on this drink. It’s got a bit of a lemon and honey taste to it that’s a bit sweet, and is definitely refreshing, but some of us likened this to a lemon cough drop. Others however, saw this as a typical Arnold Palmer, with the frozen consistency adding to the enjoyment. It’d be interesting to see an alcoholic version, but we’d still recommend the B.B. Wolf’s Frozen Iced Tea Lemonade to this.
Frozen Mint Julep (Jim Beam Black Extra-aged Bourbon, Citrus, Mint) – $15.00
Even first-timers enjoyed this twist on the classic cocktail. The mint flavor was powerful, but never crossed into dangerous toothpaste mint territory. We’ll be back for this! The Frozen Mint Julep was delicious, icy, and cold. For an EPCOT drink, it had a good amount of alcohol that gave us a buzz. It’s well-balanced, but the alcohol is easily detectable.
The Tennessee Lemonade (whiskey, lemonade, and peach) is refreshing with a good balance between the lemonade and whiskey. We didn’t taste any peach, however. This drink is also available inside at the restaurant.
Frozen Daiquiri was sweet, but not too sweet. Sometimes daiquiris can be sugar bombs, but this one was cold and refreshing without being overly sugary. The Mint Julep was better of the two frozen drinks, however.
The Moonshine Sour is surprisingly my favorite, it’s sweet and refreshing. The moonshine sour was the best drink from what we tried. It was sweet but just the right amount. The moonshine blended well with the other flavors. The moonshine sour was the winner: I think this was easily everyone’s favorite. It was smooth, sweet, and crisp. The alcohol is detectable, but blends with the sweetness for a fruity drink you can enjoy while hanging out in the sun. It’s a very refreshing, summery drink that we would enjoy while catching some Disney on Broadway or other concerts. The sweet blackberry taste from this Moonshine Sour was a unanimous favorite.
The Texas Mule is at the bottom of the list for us. The ginger beer overpowers the drink, and you don’t really taste the vodka or the added lime. I love mules, so I drank the entire thing, but I wouldn’t order this again.
Which drinks do you find distinctly patriotic? Let us know in the comments below!