For this week's "of the week" segment, we are going to take a trip away from snacks of the week to a slightly more grown-up treat: a libation from the Nomad Lounge at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This week's drink of the week: the Annapurna Zing!
Nomad Lounge is a serious contender for favorite lounge at Walt Disney World - great (if a little expensive) small bites, delicious drinks, and great service. On this trip, I asked the bartender to pick a drink out for me, as I was having difficulty making up my mind. He asked if I liked gin, I said yes, and he immediately went to work. The name Annapurna refers to a group of mountains in the Himalayas, and the zing refers to.... well... the actual drink, which consists of Bombay Sapphire East gin, passion fruit puree, mint, simple syrup, lime juice, and is topped with ginger beer.
All of the flavors meld extremely well in this drink - the piney flavor of the gin popped nicely alongside the spicy ginger beer, the the supporting sweet flavors bringing just enough to the party without making it sickeningly sweet. Of course, to top it all off, you get probably my favorite glow cube: a lotus flower!
If you're a fan of a bit of spice in your drink, I highly recommend stopping in at Nomad Lounge next time you're at Disney's Animal Kingdom and picking up an Annapurna Zing (along with one of the unique small bites like lionfish tacos!)