The Pink Monorail

The title may be “Real Women Wear Red” but some things are meant to be pink.

One of the scenes in my novel Real Women Wear Red was inspired by a woman who ordered a Pink Monorail at the Trout Pass Bar at Wilderness Lodge at Disney World.

Working at the Cancer Center in Tampa, she often took weekend getaways to a Disney World resort to relieve some of the stress of her profession. Apparently, this drink used to be featured at the top of the Contemporary Resort at Disney World, but not anymore so she had her own copy of the recipe, which she gave to the bartender – a friendly British chap – so he could make the drink for her.

That experience stuck with me and I had to write that into my book – or something similar since the book is set on a cruise ship. Anyway, I put out a call on Passporter for the drink recipe. And lo and behold, a woman who goes by the name of “Pinkerbell” came up with the recipe. I had to share it here:

From Mickey’s Gourmet Cookbook:

Top of the World
Disney’s Contemporary Resort

1 1/4 ounces gin
1 1/4 ounces pineapple juice
1 1/4 ounces orange juice
1 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce lemon bar mix
1 1/2 ounces heavy cream
3/4 cup crushed ice
orange slice
maraschino cherry

Mix gin, fruit juices, grenadine, lemon bar mix, and heavy cream in a blender with ice. Blend for 10 seconds. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

I think we should bring back the Pink Monorail and order one whenever we’re at Walt Disney World. But we might want to have our own copy of the recipe with us just in case the bartender doesn’t have one of his own.

Ah, how I miss those weekend getaways to Disney World myself.