Needing a little fancy Disney magic at home? Try out this recipe for California Grill’s Golden Gate cocktail
Whenever I go to a Disney park, I always try to get one fancier, sit-down meal while on my trip. Disney is not your typical quiet or relaxing vacation.
I’m a rope drop to parks closing kind of girl, so doing at least one fancy meal with a special drink gives me the time to slow down and reflect on all the magic I’ve experienced thus far.
One of my favorite places to do this is California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Oh, how I miss it.
Today, I’m bringing a little bit of California Grill to you with the recipe for their Golden Gate Cocktail.
This cocktail only has four ingredients and is easy to make, so let’s get started!
What You’ll Need
Grab your cocktail shaker, a strainer, and a shot glass or jigger. Don’t have these? No problem. You can get creative with what you have in your own kitchen.
You could use a large travel mug with a lid for a cocktail shaker, a fine mesh sieve for a cocktail strainer, and any measuring implement will do for a shot glass or jigger (you may just need to search up measurement equivalents).
You’ll also need …
- 0.75 oz Amaretto Disaronno
- 1.25 oz Remy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
- 0.5 oz Cranberry Juice
- Ice, for shaking in the cocktail shaker
- An orange slice for garnish
Note: the Remy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac is a pricier bottle, but it is sold in smaller-sized bottles if you are on a budget.
Golden Gate Cocktail Recipe
- Using a shot glass or jigger, measure and pour all your ingredients (except for the garnish) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
- Shake everything together for one minute, and strain into a martini glass
- Squeeze the orange slice garnish into the filled glass
Note: You don’t have to use a martini glass. Again, get creative with what you already have at home. I couldn’t find my martini glasses, so instead I used a champagne coupe which presented the cocktail just as nicely.
This cocktail was just delightful! I think the squeeze of orange ties all the other ingredients together, and the color of the drink is very reminiscent of the Golden Gate bridge (so the name Golden Gate cocktail is fitting).
It is also a relatively potent cocktail. Aside from the squeeze of orange and half an ounce of cranberry juice, this is all alcohol. So, do make sure you’re enjoying this drink with a yummy appetizer or a nice meal, especially if you plan to sip more than one!
What is your favorite way to relax at the parks? Do you like a nice sit-down meal and cocktail like I do? If so, tell me your all-time favorite Disney drink in the comments on our Facebook page!