REVIEW: New Butterfly Lantern Drink Brings Unique Flavor to Shanghai Holiday Kitchen for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Alicia

REVIEW: New Butterfly Lantern Drink Brings Unique Flavor to Shanghai Holiday Kitchen for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

While the majority of the menu items available at Shanghai Holiday Kitchen for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays are returning, there is a brand-new beer available, along with a floral cocktail that we can’t wait to try.

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Menu for Shanghai Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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Food:

  • Chicken Skewer with Creamy Peanut Sauce – $6.75
  • Beef and Noodle Soup Bowl with Slow-Braised Beef Shank, Green Onion and House-made Chili Oil – $9.50
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls with Citrus Sauce – $5.50

Beverages:

  • Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $8.25
  • 🆕 Brew Hub Year of the Dragon: Dragon Fruit Lager, Lakeland, FL (5.5% ABV) – $5.50 for 6 oz., $9.75 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Butterfly Lantern with Butterfly Pea Blossom Gin, Vodka, Prickly Pear, Lychee, Soda Water and Boba – $14.50
  • Kung Fu Master with Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango, Orange Juice and Soda Water – $14.50
  • The Lucky Mo with Citrus Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Piña Colada Mix, Orange Juice and Soda Water – $13.75

Photos of Menu Items for Shanghai Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Chicken Skewer with Creamy Peanut Sauce – $6.75

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The skewer is delicious. The sesame peanut sauce is tasty and has a very balanced flavor. With the well-cooked chicken and the peanut sauce, this was a winner.

Beef and Noodle Soup Bowl with Slow-Braised Beef Shank, Green Onion and House-made Chili Oil – $9.50

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The meat lacks some flavor and is bland on its own. There is also cilantro, but it doesn’t add much of anything to the flavor profile. It’s a good dish, but there isn’t a lot of spice. There’s a small kick you get as an after taste, but it’s not a spicy dish by any means. There’s a lot going on here, so the noodles and meat overpower the spice. It almost tastes like you’re eating spicy miso noodles with some peppers.

Vegetable Spring Rolls with Citrus Sauce – $5.50

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This is your classic spring roll. There’s nothing special about it, but it’s nice and crispy. The citrus sauce is pleasant here, we almost got some tangerine flavor from it that we found enticing. Overall, it was a good spring roll.

Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $8.25

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This milk tea is fantastic. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and the boba pearls provide a licorice-like flavor to counter the milk.

*NEW* Brew Hub Year of the Dragon: Dragon Fruit Lager, Lakeland, FL (5.5% ABV) – $5.50 for 6 oz., $9.75 for 12 oz.

From correspondence with Brew Hub, this lager, brewed to commemorate the upcoming Lunar New Year marking the Year of the Dragon, is an “American lager brewed with two row [malt] and flaked corn conditioned on dragon fruit.”

*NEW* Butterfly Lantern with Butterfly Pea Blossom Gin, Vodka, Prickly Pear, Lychee, Soda Water and Boba – $14.50

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This doesn’t taste strong at all, which makes it dangerous considering there’s vodka and gin in this drink.

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Some of us liked this, some of us didn’t. The divisive ingredient is the lychee. It’s a rather unique flavor and if you’re a fan, you’ll like this drink.

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The bobas on the bottom of the drink are also lychee and they aren’t the popping bobas that are typically found at these festivals. They’re chewy.

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Overall, the drink has floral notes and isn’t overly sweet. 

Kung Fu Master with Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango, Orange Juice and Soda Water – $14.50

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The China pavilion has two things going for it: Nine Dragons and heavy pours. Whether it’s the drinks from The Joy of Tea booth or their festival booth, the pours are always large and in charge. The Kung Fu Master highlights and exploits this by being a drink that tastes very alcohol-forward and feels boozy. It’s a bright, semi-sweet, flavorful drink with a nice fruity flavor. It clearly has an orange flavor, though some in our crowd thought it tasted like peach. This was a crowd favorite. The price to have a solid drink like this isn’t a horrible deal, especially at EPCOT.

The Lucky Mo with Citrus Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Piña Colada Mix, Orange Juice and Soda Water – $13.75

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We definitely felt lucky with this drink. You can taste every flavor they use, though it’s heavy on the peach and pineapple of the piña colada mix. We found it to be very refreshing and delicious.

Location of Shanghai Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen is located directly across from the China Pavilion on World Showcase Promenade.

The 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will be running from November 24 to December 30, 2023.

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  • Alicia

    Growing up a native Floridian, I've been visiting the parks since I was three months old. I love all things Winnie the Pooh, Hidden Mickey hunting, and dole whips. Questions or comments? Email me at alicia@wdwnt.com or find me on Instagram @aliciaj_13