I have a confession to make. I love interesting new drinks that are brightly colored and come in fancy glasses. Yet I am constantly disappointed when I go to restaurants because, almost everywhere, the drinks that look neat and have fun names all contain alcohol. This is a problem because I don’t drink alcohol.
Yet, I never give up hope. My eyes are always open, looking for that rare gem of a beverage with a detailed description and designated with (non-alcoholic) next to it. They exist in spades on Disney Cruise Line ships. (There are so many, I even wrote an article about them for the Disney Food Blog a few years ago.) But in Walt Disney World, they are harder to come by.
Now my friends know how I am about this, so I was excited when John Saccheri mentioned there was a drink I had to try over at Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. He couldn’t remember the name of it, but he said, “If you like watermelon, you’re going to love it.”
I made my way to Spice Road Table at the next opportunity and headed straight for the bar to look over the drinks. There it was — Watermelon Delight!
The description intrigued me: Watermelon, Cranberry Juice, and Orange water. Was that supposed to mean watermelon juice, or did they just blend watermelon in with the cranberry juice and orange water? And what the heck is orange water, anyway? While I still don’t know the answers to these questions, but I ordered the drink.
It looks kind of plain in that plastic cup, but let me tell you — it was a really good drink. It tasted like I was drinking a sweet, cold, flavorful watermelon. I really loved the drink. I could easily see this being a favorite, especially on a hot Florida afternoon.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t very impressed with the price. While I certainly don’t mind paying $5.99 for a good drink, seeing the Watermelon Delight right there next to $9.99 alcoholic drinks made me wonder whether the price for orange water is as high as the price of vodka or rum.