25 Drinks of Christmas – Day Thirteen: Himalayan Ghost at Thirsty River Bar

We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day. 

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

DAY THIRTEEN: Himalayan Ghost at Thirsty River Bar (Animal Kingdom)

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The Himalayan Ghost at the Thirsty River Bar. (photo by Brandon Glover)

The latest drink on our countdown comes from the newly opened Thirsty River Bar at Animal Kingdom. Located in the former home of the Expedition Everest Fast Pass distribution area, the Thirsty River Bar offers a wide range of cocktails (including decent non alcoholic ones such as the wonderful Pink Lotus and Flying Yak), bottled and draft beers. It also offers a good selection of snacks you wouldn’t expect to find at a bar including edamame and  – believe it or not -sushi. Our drink recommendation is the Himalayan Ghost. A refreshing fruit punch taste that is almost too smooth for its own good as the vodka will have you feeling quite content walking around Disney’s best themed park.

Ingredients: Snow leopard vodka, guava, and Odwalla lemonade

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Himalyan Ghost. (photo by Brandon Glover)
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Thirsty River Bar. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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The Thirsty River bar in Asia. (photo by Brandon Glover)
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DETAILS~! (photo by Brandon Glover)
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Thirsty River Bar. (photo by Brandon Glover)
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Draft beer selection at Thirsty River Bar. (photo by Brandon Glover)
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Pink Lotus. Ingredients: Strawberry puree, lychee, and Odwalla lemonade. (photo by Brandon Glover)
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Flying Yak. Ingredients: Mango puree blended with coconut water and pineapple juice. Non alcoholic. (photo by Brandon Glover)
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A Flying Yak shot in Disney Blog Style. (photo by Brandon Glover)

 

Previous Drinks of Christmas:

DAY ONE: Polynesian Pearl at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

DAY TWO: Dufftoberfest at Duff Brewery

DAY THREE: Godiva Chocolate Martini at Mizner’s Lounge

DAY FOUR: Blood Orange Side Car at Swizzle Lounge

DAY FIVE: Imperial Pilsner at Morimoto Asia

DAY SIX: Smoking Gun at Emeril’s Orlando

DAY SEVEN: Mint Julep at BOATHOUSE

DAY EIGHT: Bees Knees at The Cowfish

DAY NINE: Cool-headed Monkey at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

DAY TEN: 5 O’Clock Somewhere at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

DAY ELEVEN: Key West Kiss at Shark’s Underwater Grill

DAY TWELVE: LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern

Interested in theme park drinks? Then do we have a eBook for you! The Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges eGuide by Brian McNichols. Over 250 pages and containing well over 400 photos, this eGuide takes you through EVERY bar and lounge on WDW property (trust me, Brian has the kidneys problems to prove it!) Also included? Recipes for some of your favorite WDW drinks. Ratings, descriptions, and photos for each of the 70+ bars and lounges. Talk about the perfect Christmas present!

Special thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover and Fred Weasley’s widow Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.

You can always find Your Humble Author each week on the SATURDAY SIX, each month with the Disney Outlet Store Photo Report, and on Twitter (@derekburgan) producing original pieces of Burgan Fine Art