We continue from Holiday Sweets and Treats.
It’s rare that a Festival booth returns with the same name over multiple Festivals, but Citrus Blossom has basically stood tall since March, returning again for the November and December event.
They’ve cut all of the food options, leaving us with the Orange Cream Shake, a variety of Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections, and a new beer.
Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup — $15
Standing about eight inches tall, the Bird is full of an Orange-Julius-like, thin orange substance; the consistency is similar to a melted Creamsicle bar. The very sweet orange and vanilla flavors are probably too sweet to be refreshing, but most people are probably after the souvenir vessel, anyway. Note that this version is non-alcoholic. For $15, the construction of the bright orange plastic bird “feels” pretty good in the hand and will probably look great on your shelf and/or eBay page. I’d recommend picking one up if you like this sort of collectible.
Citrus Blossom is officially on the list of booths that offers Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders with the proper credentials a 10% discount on non-alcoholic drinks and food after 7pm daily. Citrus Blossom is on that list, which makes me think that the Bird would quality for the discount, given the fact that the booze isn’t discounted. You would think that a souvenir cup like this might be excluded, but they probably want to move as many of these as possible before they turn up at Cast Connection for 12 cents.
Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections
You could potentially give one of the wines a try. The $12 Sparkling Key Lime Wine tastes like artificial, fizzy key lime pie.
The Pineapple version is a Festival mainstay, and something we reviewed back in Hawaii.
For a time, they served the wine in bags. This may or may not bode well for the quality. The Key Limen is quite acidic. Granted, they are going for the whole Florida thing here at Citrus Blossom, but I think they’d do better with the typical shimmering sips situation.
I wouldn’t ordinarily leave you out in whatever Florida defines as “the cold,” but these sorts of wines really aren’t my thing, and I didn’t want to spend $50 guzzling them in short order. The wines are typically bitterer than you might expect, taste largely artificial, and usually come in at a below-average ABV. Take that for whatever it’s worth. Bottles are also available, probably at a more reasonable price point should you elect to take one back to the room.
81Bay Brewing Co. Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale – $4.50 or $8.50
The brewery is out of Tampa and is typically a strong one, usually focusing on these beers with a variety of fruits and spices. The Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale is surprisingly well-balanced, and potentially a good option for those who “don’t like beer,” as the fruit and cinnamon combine for an easy-drinking experience. You probably won’t find it on draft in too many other places, so it’s worth giving it a try. You might pair it with the Turkey Poutine at Refreshment Port or what’s coming up at Yukon.