At first glance, Orlando’s theme parks seem like they are family destinations designed with the kids in mind. While that may be true, there is plenty of fun to be had for adults as well. Although a theme park happy hour is usually associated with Walt Disney World due to Epcot’s unofficial “Drinking around the world” phenomenon, there are plenty of delicious specialty beverages available to enjoy at Universal Orlando as well!
Universal Studios Florida
The Escape at Chez Alcatraz – San Francisco
Chez Alcatraz in the San Francisco neighborhood of Universal Studios is an excellent spot for a cocktail break in the park. The walk-up bar on the Wharf boasts an awesome list of creative beverages including The Escape, which is made with Crown Royal, Captain Morgan, Peach Schnapps, Coke, and a splash of Sour Mix.
Fire Whisky at The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The first-ever exclusive liquor in the Wizarding World is Blishen’s Fire Whisky. Unlike Ogden’s Old Fire Whisky (referenced in the book series), the smooth cinnamon-flavored whisky can be enjoyed by both wizards AND muggles. Take the not-too-spicy beverage up a notch by mixing it with a glass of Strongbow for a whisky cider.
If fire whisky’s not for you, you can always go for the Wizarding World classic: Butterbeer. The iconic non-alcoholic beverage can be served ice cold or frozen!
Duff Beer – Springfield: Home of the Simpsons
If you’re a fan of the Simpsons, you know that Springfield hotspot Moe’s Tavern was was put on the map with the invention of the Flaming Moe cocktail. While you can’t purchase the alcoholic cough syrup cocktail at Universal Orlando, you can stop for a drink at a lounge named after the concoction as well as Moe’s Tavern and Duff Brewery. The iconic beverage to order at any of these establishments is an ice-cold Duff beer in a souvenir mug, also available as Duff Light.
Although much different than the original cocktail, there is a non-alcoholic version of the Flaming Moe on the menu at Flaming Moe’s and at Moe’s Tavern. The crisp orange soda drink ($7.99) is served in a special glass and topped with dry ice to give a dramatic smoking effect that lasts for around five minutes.
Lavender Elixir at Monsters Cafe – Production Central
This one is also not technically a cocktail, but it is a cool specialty drink that guests of all ages can enjoy! While wandering through Production Central you can stop by Monsters Cafe for a refreshing Lavender Elixir, made with ice-cold Sprite and blueberry popping boba.
A Glass of Wine at TODAY Cafe – Hollywood
Cost: $9.50 – $14.50
In Hollywood, you can raise a glass to the iconic anchors Hoda & Kathie Lee at TODAY Cafe. In honor of the former wine-loving duo that hosted the fourth hour of the Today Show, you can order a glass of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Prosecco, Rose, Pinot Noir, or Cab Sauv.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
The Port of Entry at Backwater Bar – Port of Entry
Backwater Bar is one of the first places you’ll see as you enter Universal’s Islands of Adventure. While the indoor/outdoor lounge has a full list of epic specialty cocktails, the Port of Entry cocktail is appropriately named after the land at the entrance of the park. It’s a refreshing mix of Bacardi rum, Russian Standard vodka, gin, Midori liqueur, Sprite, and sour mix.
Prehistoric Punch at The Watering Hole – Jurassic Park
Take a break at The Watering Hole in the Jurassic Park area of the park to cool off with some Prehistoric Punch. Served in a souvenir pilsner glass, the punch is made with coconut rum, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and Sprite.
The Triple at Hog’s Head Pub in Hogsmeade – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Triple is an unofficial menu item only available at Hog’s Head Pub. Also nicknamed the “Deathly Hallows,” this secret drink is made up of Strongbow Cider, Hog’s Head Brew, and a dark layer of Guinness on top.
Moose Juice, Goose Juice – Seuss Landing
Guests of all ages can stop by Moose Juice, Goose Juice in Seuss Landing to cool off with a silly frozen beverage. Choose from the orange flavored Moose Juice or the sour apple Goose Juice!
It’s not all about the beverages at Universal Orlando, you can also indulge in a variety of unique sweets and treats throughout the parks! For more information on kicking back with a cocktail (responsibly, of course!), check out these epic happy hour spots at Universal CityWalk. Experience it all for yourself with discount Universal tickets from Tickets2You!