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NEW Holiday Cocktails Have Arrived at Disney Springs

New holiday cocktail at Disney Springs
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Move over pumpkin-spiced latte… it’s time to sip on some holiday cheer! We have exciting news to share as a popular Disney Springs restaurant, Morimoto Asia, is already warming up for the holidays.

Holiday Cocktails at Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia, located at Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney Springs, is debuting special holiday cocktails for the winter season. Here’s an enticing look at the new holiday cocktails:

Yokai and Kyuri and Spicy Holiday Cocktails at Morimoto Asia

Yokai (left) / (Kyuri and Spicy (right), Credit: Morimoto Asia

Yokai – $19: Morimoto Knob Creek Bourbon, Monin Caramel Apple Butter, Chambord, MSG, Prosecco
Kyuri and Spicy – $18: Cucumber-infused Espolon Blanco Tequila, Jalapeno, Ginger Liqueur, Ancho Reyes, Velvet Falernum, Lime, Monin Agave
Toji Moon and After Midnight Holiday Cocktails at Morimoto Asia

Toji Moon (left) / After Midnight (right), Credit: Morimoto Asia

Toji Moon – $16: Absolut Mandarin Vodka, Sake, Monin Habanero-Lime, Lemongrass, Yuzu, Celery Bitters
After Midnight – $17: Courvoisier vs Cognac, Legent Bourbon, Ginger, Orgeat, Grapefruit, Lemon, Cinnamon Syrup, Black Walnut Bitters
Forever Young and Maker Mark Flight Holiday Cocktails at Morimoto Asia

Forever Young (left) / Maker Mark Flight (right), Credit: Morimoto Asia

Forever Young – $18: Barrel Aged for 2 Weeks- Aviation Gin, Aperol, Carpano Antica, Blood Orange Liqueur, Mole Bitters
Maker Mark Flight – $36: Makers Cask Strength, Makers 46, Morimoto Maker’s Mark Private Select – From Chef to Bar, MorimotoMaker’s Mark Private Select – A5 – Spring Staves

The Master Mind Behind the Cocktails

Morimoto Asia Dining Room

Credit: Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia’s Beverage Manager, Diana Ly, is the mind behind these cocktails and is sharing what makes them special as well as how they are developed below:

“At Morimoto Asia, we always ensure we are up to date with trending cocktails and seasonal flavors, and make sure to use a variety of spirits when crafting a cocktail menu. We also take a deep dive into our garnishes, as the look is just as important as taste. Ingredients and flavor profiles are carefully thought out with a lot of research and development. Cocktails are tasted, revised, and finalized for over a month before we release our perfect concoctions.” 

Which holiday cocktail is Diana Ly’s favorite? She goes on to share, “My personal favorite cocktail is Forever Young. This cocktail is a riff on a negroni. I love the bittersweet notes at the end.”

What’s In A Name?

When asked how Diana Ly created the names behind the beverages, she notes:

  • Yokai – Yokai is the Japanese word for ghosts, demons, monsters, shapeshifters, tricksters, and other kinds of supernatural beings and mysterious phenomena. 
  • Kyuri and Spicy – Kyuri means cucumber in Japanese. We infused Espolon tequila in cucumber for 24-48 hours. This gives the cocktail its light and refreshing taste, with hints of cucumber. The spice comes from the liqueur and jalapenos.
  • Toji Moon – In Japan, the winter solstice is known as tĹŤji, during which it is customary to take a yuzu-infused bath. It is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, which is why we used edible glitter stars for a garnish.
  • After Midnight – This cocktail is made with Courvoisier VS, which is made in France. This is to twist on Midnight in Paris.
  • Forever Young – This cocktail is fully barrel-aged for 2 weeks. This gives it the perfect young hint of oak to round out the flavor.

Make a Reservation

Morimoto Asia Exterior

Credit: Morimoto Asia

Related: The Best Restaurant at Walt Disney World. Period.

Ready to sip on these joyful drinks available now through December 31, 2023? From one Disney foodie to another, we highly recommend making dining reservations at Morimoto Asia, as it is well known for its popularity. From the outstanding atmosphere, food, service, and, of course… cocktails – Morimoto Asia is the place to be this holiday season.

More About Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia is a popular restaurant located at Disney Springs, which is a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The restaurant is known for its unique blend of Asian flavors and contemporary design, and it offers a dining experience created by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Happy dining, Disney foodies!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.

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