Mardi Gras Drinks at Universal Orlando

While I am sure that it is possible to find good wine in Orlando, Florida, I didn’t have time to go looking on my whirlwind trip to Universal Orlando recently for their Mardi Gras festivities. I was there to 1) learn about gumbo 2) ride the rides and 3) have a good time. Eat like a Girl (Niamh) and I were were covering Mardi Gras (she food, me drinks) and what kind of a Mardi Gras is it without at least some alcohol? I have to admit I didn’t drink anything while in the parks because I knew if I had so much as a beer, I’d be spewing and making a lot of enemies on the rides. But after dark, well, we hit City Walk. City Walk is Universal’s strip of restaurants, bars and clubs lining the path to the park entrances. It’s free of charge to enter City Walk and it even boasts a 20 screen cinema. Since you don’t have to pay to get into City Walk it’s very popular with the locals as a fun night out, as we discovered when we tried to get something to eat on Saturday night. 90 minute wait  for a table at 10pm? Where were we? Argentina? We finally opted for Bubba Gump’s as the wait there was only 30 minutes. Bubba Gump’s as you might imagine, is a spin off from the Forrest Gump movie and serves lots of shrimp dishes as well as some mighty smooth margaritas. At this point I was so tired and jet lagged that anything would have been good but that margarita most certainly hit the spot. A proper American sized drink, it came with it’s own full sized shaker so we could serve ourselves. I like my margaritas on the sweet side to play up against the salt on the rim and they have to be on the rocks, no brain freeze for me, please. One thing I love about American bars, they free pour, meaning, they...

read more

Maker’s Mark + the Machine hitting Londontown

Maker’s Mark is my first bourbon love. Extremely smooth with a faint chocolaty finish, I’ve even made the pilgrimage to Loretto, KY, to visit the distillery and see where it all begins. It’s a lovely place with a brook running through it, which is where they get the water to make the bourbon and everything is done by hand, truly hand-crafted bourbons. They actually do hand-dip each bottle in wax to seal it before being sent off. I’ve even done it myself and have my souvenir bottle up in my room to prove it. I’ve seen Maker’s in the finer establishments around London and now they are making a big push to get everyone to enjoy their fine Kentucky bourbon. Maker’s + the Machine are going to hitting London this week with their Maker’s vending machines. Yes, vending machines, very useful invention for those on the go. Chips, candy, soda pop,porn,eggs,canned bread, live bait. Even (ewwww!) used panties-but that was only in Japan and has thankfully been discontinued. And now, here in London, we’re getting our very own Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon vending machines in the City and around Shoreditch/Liverpool St. the 26,27 and 29th of May. A brilliant idea if ever there was one. Maker’s Mark are setting up 3 vending machines around the Capital this week to dispense such bourbon-esque delights as Maker’s and ginger, Maker’s and appletizer and Maker’s on the rocks. You’re probably thinking, “Ok, canned Maker’s Mark cocktails – been there done that.”  And you’d be wrong. What those wily Kentuckians have done is come up with a vending machine complete with bartender inside, making those Maker’s cocktails as fresh as can be. So keep an eye out for those vending machines around East London. You can also follow them on Twitter@makersmachine where they will be revealing the third and final vending machine location as well as opportunities for fellow redheads to win a bottle of Maker’s Mark by posting a Twit-pic of themselves at the Makers Machine, or a bottle for anyone who guesses the final location before...

read more
%d bloggers like this: