The Best Alcoholic Beverages in Universal Orlando – TouringPlans.com Blog

Earlier this week, Jon covered the best soft drinks at Universal Orlando, including Butterbeer and Toothsome Milkshakes. But sometimes adults need a little more, especially once they find out the price of two rods with taxes. In this article, we will discuss some of our favorite alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando.

A reminder for those who want to drink at Universal:

  • Guests drinking alcohol must be 21 years of age or older. You can’t buy alcohol for the younger ones.
  • A valid government identity document (miscellaneous license or passport) is required to purchase alcohol
  • Two alcoholic beverages per person for ID.
  • Alcohol must be consumed before entering or leaving CityWalk or theme parks

Shark Attack – Chez Alcatraz

Our first stop is outside Fast & Furious Supercharged at the Chez Alcatraz Bar for Shark Attack. This drink includes coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and sprite. A jet of grenadine on top provides the blood effect that the sharks pull out to feed them. The Shark Attack is perfect for those hot July days on the Long Island coast or to fondly remember the rides of yesteryear.

Duff Beer – Moe’s & Duff Brewery

Duff beer for me, Duff beer for you! I’ll have a Duff, you’ll have one too!

Simpson’s pop culture spans from McDonald’s, Planet Hollywood, Disneyland and even Budweiser beer and its theme parks. Homer’s favorite beer is Duff, which is served as standard Duff, Duff Lite and Duff Dry. In late summer and early fall, Universal also offers Dufftoberfest, a Märzenbier with malts. Duff is offered at Duff Brewery, Moe’s Tavern and Fast Food Boulevard.

Jalapeno Margarita – Bar Backwater

A hidden gem of Islands of Adventure, Backwater Bar offers a variety of beers, mixed drinks and wine options for thirsty adventurers, along with the full Confisco Grill menu. Of the outstanding drinks, we love the spicy and sweet jalapeño margarita that combines Patron tequila, Gran Gala liqueur and homemade jalapeño lime juice mix. We enjoyed this margarita with a bite while sitting in the outdoor courtyard to watch and watch the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Jurassic World VelociCoaster.

Isla Nublar IPA – Jurassic Park

(Photo by @SuperWeenieHtJr)

Last November I wrote an article about “Universal beers” and regretted that, outside of Potter, Islands of Adventure didn’t have exclusive beers. Well, I spoke too soon and our prayers have been answered. Last summer the Jurassic World Isla Nublar IPA debuted with the incredible VelociCoaster, a beer that weighs in tropical hops and light in malts. Expect to taste grapefruit, orange and even some pineapple. The Isla Nublar IPA can be found at The Watering Hole, Natural Selections, Burger Digs and Thunder Falls Terrace.

Smoked Old Fashioned – Bigfire

Old-fashioned smoked maple. Photo courtesy of TouringPlans.

Here at Touring Plans, we’re big fans of CityWalk’s flame-themed BigFire restaurant. And what is there to not love? Between the grilled steaks over the wood fire and the amazing seafood selections, this menu has something for everyone. In the drink menu, we were struck by the Smoked Maple Old Fashioned. This cocktail is made with smoked Knob Creek smoked maple bourbon, and is served in a smoked oak glass on an ice cube and garnished with cherry, orange and beef. The drink combines wonderfully with the Signature Bison Burger, NY Sirloin Strip or Roasted Half Chicken.

Tavern Grog – Strong water tavern

Image copyright Universal Orlando.

Universal’s hotel bar game is strong and our favorite is, well, Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Overlooking the hotel’s magnificent waterfalls, this rum lounge serves powerful cocktails such as Mai Tais, old-fashioned rum, Cuba Libres and infused glasses of rum. My favorite is the signature drink, the Tavern Grog: a simple blend of aged rum, simple demerara syrup, Jamaican pepper sausage, lime juice and lemon juice, then garnished with an orange and cinnamon wheel. While you’re at the lounge, be sure to check out the food menu – my favorite is goat curry with coconut milk rice.

The Beers of the Magic World

How to forget the child who lived and the unique beers of the Magic World? Universal created three unique beers for the land couple: the Hogshead Ale in Hogsmeade along with Dragon Scale and Wizards Brew in Diagon Alley. All three beers are refreshing and not too heavy, offering a good balance of malts and hops. For those witches and wizards looking for something with a bigger kick, check out Fire Whiskey, a soft, cinnamon-flavored whiskey served clean, on the rocks or in a pint of Strongbow.

What are your favorite alcoholic beverages at Universal? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!

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