Can’t make it to the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival this year? We’ve got you covered with our recipe for the EPCOT festival’s frozen Violet Lemonade recipe!
What special Walt Disney World event have you always wanted to attend? My personal favorites are Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. However, I have always wanted to visit during the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival.
While 2021 is yet another year I will have flower and garden FOMO, I thought I’d bring the colorful magic of the festival to my kitchen by making my own recipe for the frozen Violet Lemonade, found at the Pineapple Promenade Booth at EPCOT!
Vibrantly colored and so refreshing, this beautiful and tasty concoction is perfect for springtime. Here’s how I created the recipe and how you can make your own!
STEP 1: THE VIOLET SYRUP
There are many ways to acquire your violet syrup which is most necessary to create this recipe, and the easiest method is purchasing the Monin violet syrup, which can be found on Amazon. Instead, I decided to attempt my own violet syrup!
Here’s how I did it. In a saucepan, I combined:
- ¾ cup boiling water
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup dried violets
I whisked the boiling water and sugar together until they were completely liquified and then added the dried violets. I brought the mixture to a boil, then turned the heat down to a low simmer and covered the pot. I left that simmering for about fifteen minutes, then removed the pot from the heat and let it cool.
Once cooled, using a fine-mesh sieve, I strained the syrup into a bowl, catching all of the violets so you do not get any small particles in your syrup. Using dried violets, I did not get the desired blue and purple colored hues in my syrup, but that was easily remedied using a drop of purple food gel.
STEP 2: THE LEMONADE
Again, lemonade can be made as simple as buying a jug of lemonade or buying the frozen can of lemonade concentrate from the grocery store. I personally am not a fan of overly sweet lemonade, so I opted to make my own from scratch.
Using three ingredients only (freshly-squeezed lemons, raw honey, and water), this beautiful, bright, and lip-smacking lemonade was made using the recipe at The Busy Baker.
STEP 3: MAKE IT DISNEY
Once you have your violet syrup and your lemonade ready to go, making this recipe is very simple. Here’s our recipe for the Violet Lemonade at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!
- 1 cup lemonade
- 2 to 2.5 oz violet syrup
- 1 cup ice cubes
- ¼ cup filtered water
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until the lemonade reaches a slushie-like consistency.
- Pour into a chilled glass (I used a mason jar), garnish with edible violets if desired, and enjoy!
STEP 4: A BONUS INGREDIENT
While I was blending up my lemonade according to the recipe above, it was producing a light purple color. While it was very pretty, it wasn’t that same cosmic violet as found in EPCOT’s version, so I wanted to make the color more accurate.
I had this pink pitaya (dragonfruit) powder on hand that I bought on Amazon. I use the powder in my smoothie bowls for breakfast to give them a bright fuchsia hue.
I added a mere ½ teaspoon into my blender, and it did precisely the trick to make my violet lemonade color pop just like it does in Disney.
Of course, this is an entirely optional step and may not be necessary, depending on what you use to make your own violet lemonade.
EPCOT Frozen Violet Lemonade Recipe
Overall, I love how this frozen violet lemonade turned out. Maybe in 2022, I’ll be able to experience the festival myself, sipping on Disney’s frozen Violet Lemonade from EPCOT and comparing it to the one I made today, seeing how similar they are.
Until then, I will make this lemonade again. It’s a visual treat for the eyes, a refreshing delight for the taste buds, and gives me that little hopeful notion that spring will be here soon.
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