“We asked our bartenders to come up with 20 cocktails to feature at Napa Rose,” says Philippe Tosques, general manager of the restaurant at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Philippe and restaurant manager Eric Quezada challenged bartenders Matt Ellingson, Ryland Brown and Joe Monje to come up with incredible libations, featuring all sorts of unusual combinations.
“Eric and I both were pleasantly surprised by the complexity and flavor profiles,” says Philippe. How about the British Spitfire with VeeV Acai, Domaine de Canton Ginger and fresh lemon honey syrup? Or the Equinox, with Calvados, Liquor 43, Goldschlager, Cherry Heering and fresh lime juice. There’s also a classic Old Fashioned and a Manhattan, and the signature Napa Rose with Beefeater gin, Campari, Drambouie, fresh lemon juice and Peychaud bitters.
Below is the recipe for the Bitter Storm. “I think this is a really good reflection of what we’re doing at the Napa Rose bar,” says Philippe.
¾ ounce Bulleit Bourbon
¾ ounce Fernet-Branca
½ ounce Cherry Heering liqueur
½ ounce Poire William brandy
½ ounce Orgeat syrup
¾ ounce lemon juice
Grapefruit peel, for garnish
- Pour all ingredients into a shaker; fill with ice and vigorously shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a tall chilled classed filled with ice. Garnish with grapefruit peel.
I love Napa Rose and go every time I visit the Disneyland resort. But, for me, the wines are the star here. I’m going to be back in July and am sticking with the fantastic wines they offer.
I can’t wait to get back to the Napa Rose. It’s been so long since we were last in California. It’s definitely our favorite place to eat at all the Disney Parks – which says a lot given the number and caliber of restaurants at Disney World. Of course I still sorely miss the Vineyard Room where we used to love to time dinner to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade.
I love the fresh drinks at Napa Rose. I visit the restaurant every time we are at Disney and staying at the resort.
Napa Rose is far and above my favorite Disney restaurant, including all restaurants at WDW and even *gasp* beating out Palo on DCL.
My husband proposed to me in 2008 at the Chef’s counter there. And every year we stay at Grand Cal and eat at Napa Rose at least once during our visit.
Although I am not familiar with practically all of the ingredients in the above mentioned cocktail list, I will be sure to give one a try during our upcoming trip in June.
Thanks for featuring this superb restaurant, can’t wait to be there again!