MAKE IT AT HOME: California Grill’s Golden Gate Cocktail Recipe

by | May 20, 2021 | Disney Recipes, DIY, Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

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!

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What You’ll Need

On a black display board, a jigger, a Hawthorne strainer, and a Boston cocktail shaker are shown

Photo by Esther Vallins

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 …

The Ingredients

On a black display board, a bottle of Diet Cranberry juice, a small bottle of Remy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac, and a small bottle of Amaretto Disaronno are displayed, garnished with oranges

Photo by Esther Vallins

  • 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

  1. Using a shot glass or jigger, measure and pour all your ingredients (except for the garnish) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake everything together for one minute, and strain into a martini glass
  3. 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.

The Results

A dark orange-colored drink is displayed in a champagne coupe on a black display board, against a cherry wood wall.

Photo by Esther Vallins

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!


What did you think about this Golden Gate Cocktail recipe? Let us know in the comments on our Facebook page, and stay connected to our blog for more fantastic recipes from the parks!


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Esther Vallins is a pretzel adoring childless millennial who loves ALL things Disney food, Disney fashion, and Disney Princesses! She is a Disney cosplayer who never misses a D23 Expo, a DVC member, and aspires to hold the world record for most Dole Whips ever eaten (with tajín!) by a single human. Chat with Esther on Instagram!
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Esther Vallins

Esther Vallins is a pretzel adoring childless millennial who loves ALL things Disney food, Disney fashion, and Disney Princesses! She is a Disney cosplayer who never misses a D23 Expo, a DVC member, and aspires to hold the world record for most Dole Whips ever eaten (with tajín!) by a single human. Chat with Esther on Instagram!
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