After talking with several other Fairytale Journeys agents, I heard about an experience that I was excited to try called Mixology (even the name sounded fun)! It's one of the beverage tasting seminars on board. There are several options in addition to the Mixology class: beer, wine, champagne, and bourbon tastings and more. For only $20, I signed up through my Disney Cruise Line account by booking the activity. On board, a ticket was left at my stateroom and on Day 4, I was ready to learn how to create popular cocktails. It was held in the Meridian Lounge between PALO and Remy. Leading the group was Nur from the Phillipines, and we enjoyed every minute learning from him.
I sat at a table with two couples on either side of me, and we had a blast talking, mixing, and drinking together. We were taught throughout about measuring the alcohol, muddling, and shaking up everything properly. He even gave us some helpful hints like how to whip up a good sour mix for margaritas when having a party.
Up first was the Cranberry Cosmopolitan. This drink included vodka, Peach Schnapps, and cranberry juice. Before each drink was made, Nur explained the process. Then, we were provided with glasses and ingredients to mix our own. He and another Cast Member supervised and assisted anyone who needed help. A citrus squeezer was used to put some lime juice into the cocktail shaker. The alcohol and cranberry juice was added to the cup along with ice. The glass was used to help shake it up. The drink was strained into a martini glass.
Next, we made a something and I'm not sure what it was. Lesson learned is if you're seated near the back, it might be hard to hear when instructions are given. This included 3 lime wedges, agave nectar, some ice, and either vodka or rum. I also learned later from others who took a different Mixology class that not all classes are the same, so I couldn't get the recipe from one of them. This drink is the first one where we used the black tool above and had to muddle, or press, the limes together with the agave nectar. He explained that this helps release the flavors of the fruit into the drink. Ice was added and then it was topped with a white alcohol. It kind of reminded me of a margarita, but slightly different.
After that, we learned how to make a Mai Tai. Since I couldn't hear for the last one, I started taking pictures of the bottles. This one used Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and Disarronno Originale Amaretto. The amaretto and rum were mixed with fruit juice (orange/pineapple combo). A splash of rum was poured on the top.
Our next drink involved more muddling. We made a Raspberry Mojito, and I didn't think I would care for it (I'm not a Mojito fan). This one used three lime wedges, three raspberries, Bacardi Black Raspberry Rum, some raspberry syrup, mint leaves, and soda. The syrup, lime wedges, raspberries, and mint leaves were muddled in the glass. Ice and rum were added. This was topped off with soda. We used a straw to mix this one together for the finished product.
Our class was finished off with a shot called a B-52. In this drink, it's layered. First, Kahlua is added. Very carefully Bailey's is added next. The shot is completed with Grand Marnier by pouring slowly over a spoon so that it sits right on top. Sadly, I did not get to try this one but he made one for me to take a picture of. Right after this class, I had another new activity to try on the Dream...a dessert experience at Remy (stay tuned for more about this).
Overall, the experience was wonderful. Nur did an excellent job explaining everything to everyone participating. Some in the group were a little tipsy at the end, so I would say they made the most of their $20 investment in the class. If you enjoy mixed drinks, I highly suggest you check this out if you can. ENJOY!!!
Disney has been a part of Cheryl's life since 1975. She is married, and she has a son and two bonus children. They live in Northwest Arkansas with their two dogs.