Sip, Savor, Repeat: Discover the 10 BEST Drinks at Universal Orlando!

Are you looking for the best drinks to enjoy at Universal Orlando Resort?

Well, look no further!

Embarking on an adventure to Universal Orlando offers a playground of thrills and excitement, but amidst the exhilarating rides and magical experiences lies a tantalizing array of beverages waiting to be discovered by you.

From inventive cocktails to classic favorites with a twist, here are the top ten drinks every adult must try at Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal Orlando Resort NikkyJ enjoying a margarita at Chez Alcatraz with Jaws Bruce the Shark in background at Universal Studios. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.
Enjoying a nice drink in Universal Studios Florida

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1. Ocean Attack (Universal Studios Florida)

Within the vibrant ambiance of Universal Studios in the background, Chez Alcatraz beckons with its unique blend of playful charm and spirited libations.

Universal Orlando Resort Ocean Attack Shark Drink in Chez Alcatraz with NikkyJ Solo Trip. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

Among its standout offerings is the Ocean Attack, a concoction that seamlessly merges tropical flavors with theatrical flair.

Chez Alcatraz Shark Attack Jaws Ocean Attack Drink. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

This delectable drink features a tantalizing combination of rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, Sprite and a splash of grenadine, creating a vibrant blue hue reminiscent of the ocean’s depths.

Universal Orlando Resort Solo Trip with NikkyJ enjoying Shark Attack Drink in Chez Alcatraz at Universal Studios Florida. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.
Enjoying the Shark Attack Drink in Chez Alcatraz at Universal Studios Florida

Just know that if you’re not into to sweet and fruity drinks, then you may want to pass on this cocktail.

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

What sets the Ocean Attack apart is not just its enticing flavor profile but also the immersive experience that accompanies its preparation.

Chez Alcatraz Shark Attack Jaws Ocean Attack Cocktail Photo copyright ThemeParkHipster. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

With a skillful hand and a playful touch, the bartender employs a shark puppet to add the final special ingredient, infusing the drink with a sense of whimsy and wonder.

I love the extra layer of excitement that the Team Members give to the Ocean Attack.

Doing this for us guests makes it not just a drink but a memorable experience for your trip. Making it one of the best drinks at Universal Orlando.

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2. Duff Beer (Universal Studios Florida)

Located within the bustling streets of Springfield at Universal Studios Florida, Duff Brewery stands as a beacon for fans of The Simpsons franchise.

Duff Man Beer in Simpsons Land at Universal Studios Florida

Crafted with care and attention to detail, Duff Beer will give you a taste of Springfield’s signature brew, complete with its distinctive flavor profile and nostalgic charm.

Duff Beer at Theme Parks

What makes Duff Beer one of the best drinks at Universal Orlando Resort is not just its association with The Simpsons but also its genuine appeal as a refreshing and flavorful beverage.

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

So, what does Duff Beer taste like?

Brewed to perfection, Duff Beer is a classic American lager that has a crisp and smooth taste with sweet and sour notes to me, making it the ideal choice for those hot summer days while exploring the park.

Halloween Horror Nights HHN 32 Universal Studios Orlando Dufftoberfest Beer in Simpsons Land

Whether sipped leisurely on a sunny afternoon or enjoyed alongside classic Simpsons fare at nearby eateries like Cletus’ Chicken and Waffle, Krusty Burger or Moe’s Tavern, Duff Beer invites you to partake in a truly immersive experience that celebrates the iconic humor and cultural influence of The Simpsons.

Admittedly, I’m not a beer person but I do love this one and get one every visit. Especially during the Halloween season, I highly suggest getting the Dufftober version!

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3. Birds of Paradise (Islands of Adventure)

Nestled within the lush surroundings of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, The Watering Hole allows you to quench your thirst amidst the tropical ambiance of the Jurassic Park section.

Universal Orlando Resort The Watering Hole Bar in Jurassic Pack at Islands of Adventure Entrance

Among its diverse menu offerings, the Birds of Paradise emerges as a standout libation, enticing you with its exotic blend of flavors and vibrant presentation.

Universal Orlando Resort The Watering Hole Bar in Jurassic Pack at Islands of Adventure Birds of Paradise  alcoholic drink. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

I love the meticulous attention to detail that this refreshing concoction features a delightful combination of:

  • Malibu Passion Fruit Rum
  • Cruzan Rum
  • Bitters
  • Passion Fruit
  • Lime Juice

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

What sets the Birds of Paradise apart as a must-try drink at Universal Orlando Resort is not only its tropical-inspired ingredients but also its enchanting ambiance.

Universal Orlando Resort The Watering Hole Bar in Jurassic Pack at Islands of Adventure Menu

It is also served in a souvenir glass adorned with a whimsical parrot perched on the rim but you can also get it in a regular cup.

Plus myself and the Editor here at ThemeParkHipster love the bartenders.

They have incredible service and they always make sure they make a spectacular drink for each guest no matter if the line is long.

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4. Perfect Margarita (Universal CityWalk)

Located amidst the vibrant energy of Universal CityWalk, Margaritaville invites guests to indulge in its island-inspired charm and explore an extensive margarita menu.

Universal Orlando Resort Margaritaville CityWalk Perfect Margarita. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

Among its extensive margarita menu, the Perfect Margarita emerges as a standout choice, offering a refreshing twist on a beloved classic.

Universal Orlando Resort Citywalk Margaritaville Cleveland Perfect Margarita with NikkyJ. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

Crafted with care and creativity for the TRUE margarita aficionado, this tantalizing concoction features a perfect balance of zesty lime, sweet orange curaçao, premium tequila, and delicious triple sec, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that will dance on your palate with each sip.

This is what a classic margarita is supposed to taste like! Making it one of the best drinks at Universal Orlando.

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

What sets the Perfect Margarita apart is its ability to evoke the essence of a sun-soaked paradise in every glass.

Universal Orlando Resort Perfect Margarita at Margaritaville in CityWalk. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

Whenever I take a sip from the, I am immediately transported to a state of blissful relaxation, where my worries melt away and the carefree spirit of Margaritaville takes hold.

Universal Orlando Resort Margaritaville CityWalk Perfect Margarita. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

Whether you enjoy it on the outdoor patio overlooking the vibrant CityWalk scene or inside the laid-back dining area, the Perfect Margarita will help you to embrace the island lifestyle and savor the simple pleasures of good company and great drinks!

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5. Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane

What’s better than dinner and a show? Nothing in my book. 

Universal Orlando Resort Pat O'Briens Restaurant in CityWalk

At Pat O’Brien’s you get just that with a menu of southern cuisine paired with a nightly dueling piano show.

Universal Orlando Resort Pat O Briens Restaurant in CityWalk Piano Bar
Piano Bar

After a night in the theme parks, this is the place I go if I’m not quite ready to go to bed yet.

And while you’re there, you must try the famous New Orleans cocktail called The Hurricane!

Universal Orlando Resort Pat O Briens Restaurant in CityWalk Hurricane Drink. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.
Hurricane Drink

Crafted with precision, this invigorating libation features a blend of the house specialty made with Pat O’Brien’s 151 rum and Hurricane mix served in a souvenir glass.

It’s smooth, strong and refreshing which is something I love about this drink!

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

What sets the Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane cocktail apart is its ability to transport you directly on a sensory journey that evokes the colorful nature of New Orleans.

Universal Orlando Resort Pat O Briens Restaurant in CityWalk with NikkyJ. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

Sipped leisurely amidst the lively surroundings of Bourbon Street inspired atmosphere, this tantalizing concoction will give you a moment to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme park excitement.

Universal Orlando Resort Pat O Briens Restaurant in CityWalk Garden and Hurricane Drink. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

Just know that this is one of the stronger drinks on the list so use with caution.

Also be sure to order the famous New Orleans beignets which are some of the best in Orlando.

Universal Orlando Resort Pat O Briens Restaurant in CityWalk Beignets
Beignets

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6. Rum Flight Tasting (Sapphire Falls Resort)

Set amidst the lush surroundings of Sapphire Falls Resort, Strong Water Tavern stands as a beacon of Caribbean-inspired charm and indulgence.

Loews Sapphire Falls Water Taxi
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This vibrant watering hole exudes the ambiance of a tropical retreat, with its rich wooden accents, nautical decor, and panoramic views of the resort’s sparkling lagoon.

Within this inviting setting, the Rum Tasting experience entices adult and solo travelers to embark on a journey of discovery and delight.

Strong Water Tavern Mixologist at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Universal Orlando Rum Tasting
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Led by knowledgeable guides, you are treated to an immersive tasting session featuring a selection of premium rums sourced from across the Caribbean.

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

What makes the Rum Tasting at Strong Water Tavern a must-try for adult adventurers, is its blend of education and entertainment.

It offers a unique opportunity to deepen your appreciation for this beloved spirit.

Rum tasting at theme parks

You have the chance to sample a variety of hand-selected rums, each with its own distinct character and flavor profile, while learning about the rich history and production techniques that define Caribbean rum-making traditions.

Rum tasting at theme parks

This is one of my favorite things to do at Universal Orlando and I highly recommend it for you as well.

Whether enjoyed as a solo excursion or as a social gathering with fellow travelers, the Rum Tasting at Strong Water Tavern promises an enriching experience that celebrates the spirit of exploration.

7. Jalapeño Margarita (Islands of Adventure)

Located within Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, Backwater Bar offers a casual yet vibrant setting for guests to unwind and enjoy refreshing libations amidst the excitement of the park.

Universal Orlando Resort Islands of Adventure from Backwater Bar in Confisco Grill

Among its enticing offerings, the Jalapeño Margarita emerges as a standout choice, blending classic margarita flavors with a spicy kick that adds a tantalizing twist to the traditional cocktail.

Jalapeño Margarita at a theme park.

Crafted with premium tequila, Gran Gala liqueur, house-made lime juice mixture with muddled jalapeños, this bold concoction delivers a harmonious balance of heat and citrusy tang.

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

What makes the Jalapeño Margarita at Backwater Bar worth trying is its fusion of bold flavors and immersive ambiance.

Backwater Bar next to Confisco Grill Universal Orlando Resort Islands of Adventure

I love that it’s just the right balance without the spice from the pepper taking over. That’s a good sign of a Jalapeño Margarita.

Universal Orlando Resort NikkyJ at Confisco Grill Backwater Bar in Islands of Adventure
People Watching at Backwater Bar

It’s located on the side of Confisco Grill, one of the best restaurants at Universal, and it’s the perfect spot to people watch.

Well, at least that’s what I like to do when I have my drink.

So, whether you’re seeking a refreshing break from the Florida heat or simply craving a bit of culinary excitement, this fiery libation promises to tantalize taste buds and invigorate all of your the senses!

8. Finnegan’s Famous Cranberry Margarita (Universal Studios Florida)

Universal’s Finnegan’s Bar & Grill offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere, reminiscent of an authentic Irish pub, where you can unwind and enjoy a wide selection of beverages.

Universal Orlando Resort Finnegan's Irish Pub at Universal Studios

Among the highlights of their drink menu is the famous Cranberry Margarita, a classic cocktail with an emphasis on simplicity and sophistication. Something I can appreciate.

Universal Orlando Resort Finnegans Irish Restaurant at Universal Studios with Cranberry Margarita with Menu

Crafted with care, this refreshing libation features a premium tequila along with Cointreau, cranberry and lime juice, garnished with cranberries and poured over ice for a burst of flavor.

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

What makes the Cranberry Margarita a standout choice at Finnegan’s Bar is its timeless appeal and impeccable execution.

Universal Orlando Resort Finnegans Irish Restaurant at Universal Studios with Cranberry Margarita

The smoothness of the Patrón Silver tequila, paired with the tartness of the cranberry, creates a harmonious balance of flavors that is both refreshing and satisfying.

Universal Orlando Finnegan's Bar and Grill Green cocktail and menu. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.
Be sure to try the Green Tea Clover that comes with Jameson Irish whiskey, Midori liqueur, peach schnapps and sour mix!

Whether enjoyed as a prelude to a hearty meal or as a leisurely sipper while soaking in the lively ambiance of the pub, the Cranberry Margarita is one of the best drinks at Universal Orlando that you have to try.

9. Hog’s Head Brew (Islands of Adventure)

Let’s know head into a magical world filled with mystery and whimsical adventures!

Hogwarts Castle in Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade Universal Orlando Resort Islands of Adventure

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure has the Hogshead Brew, which stands as a testament to the immersive magic of J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizarding universe.

Universal Orlando Resort Hogshead butterbeer and fire whiskey at Harry Potter World in Islands of Adventure
Hogshead Pub

Served exclusively at the iconic Three Broomsticks tavern and Hog’s Head Pub, this signature beverage offers guests a taste of wizarding authenticity amidst the charming ambiance of Hogsmeade village.

Butterbeer at the Hogshead in Wizarding World of Harry Potter. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

Crafted with a blend of malted grains, hops, and a hint of citrus, the Hogshead Brew delivers a rich and flavorful experience of a Scottish red Ale that transports you to the heart of the magical world.

It’s one of my go-to summertime drinks at Universal Orlando!

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

What makes the Hogshead Brew worth trying is not just its delicious taste, but also its integral role in the immersive storytelling experience of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Orlando Resort Velocicoaster overlooking Hogwarts Castle at Islands of Adventure

It’s truly a drink that’s worth having in this magical world and I like to grab a cup, sit on the back area of the Three Broomsticks and just take in the amazing views of the Hogwarts Castle.

Afterwards, be sure to take a thrilling ride on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure!

10. Secret Wizarding World Drink (Islands of Adventure)

Also located within the enchanting confines of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, the Hog’s Tea Secret Drink is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by deserving witches and wizards.

Universal Orlando Resort Harry Potter World Long Island Ice Tea in Hogshead at Islands of Adventure the Hog's Tea secret drink in Harry Potter World. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.
Hog’s Tea

Tucked away in the cozy confines of the Hog’s Head Pub, this clandestine concoction offers a delightful twist on the famous Long Island Iced Tea cocktail.

Wizard Long Island Ice Tea at Harry Potter World Hogshead Hog's Tea Secret Drink. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

It one of the strongest drinks in Universal Orlando with the following ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Tequila
  • Sour Mix
  • Raspberry Iced Tea

Why We Love This Drink at Universal Orlando

Crafted with care by the skilled wizards behind the bar, this unique beverage combines the familiar taste of iced tea with a hint of sweetness and a touch of magic, creating a truly enchanting elixir that will leave you spellbound.

Universal Orlando Resort Fish and Chips at Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade with Hog's Tea Secret Drink
Fish and Chips at Three Broomsticks with Hog’s Tea Secret Drink

So if you want to impress your group of Harry Potter friends, then be sure to order this cocktail in front of them on your next trip to Universal.

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My Final Thoughts on Enjoying the Best Drinks at Universal Orlando

As the sun sets on another magical day at Universal Orlando Resort, indulging in the top ten drinks becomes a rite of passage for any adventurous visitor.

Universal Orlando Resort Lombard's Landing Seafood Restaurant at Universal Studios Florida with NikkyJ drinking an Old Fashion. One of the best cocktails and drinks at Universal Orlando.

From the tropical paradise of Isla Nubar to the enchanting streets of Hogsmeade, each sip offers a tantalizing glimpse into the diverse and immersive experiences awaiting guests.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

Victoria Wade Disney Writer at ThemeParkHipster

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Victoria is a professional solo traveler here to make your solo trips as stress free AND enjoyable as possible for you.

She has over 5 years of Disney and Non-Disney travel experience and was featured by POPSUGAR as one of the Top 50 Black Disney Creators you should follow.

She is a Proud Native to Baltimore, Md but always will call Disney World home. You can find her at Disney Tea with V.

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