You want to go where everybody knows your name right? These two know mine and hopefully I convince you to let them know yours by the end of this post.
Let me introduce you to Tony and Debra. They are the master mixologists behind the bar at the Hilton Bonnet Creek’s signature dining spot, La Luce.
As a Central Floridian I am lucky enough to head to the Walt Disney World Resort more often than most folks. Last year I staycationed at Hilton Bonnet Creek at least once a month and each time I sat in the lounge or at the bar chatting up these two, noshing on delicious Italian fare and sipping killer cocktails. I can’t tell you the spirits and wine education I’ve gotten while spending hours sitting in this restaurant. While I’ve enjoyed trying new items like Tawny Ports and digestifs, my go-to is a dirty vodka martini with hand-stuffed Maytag blue cheese olives.
This trip I had my eye on La Luce’s signature “Bartender Creations Menu”. These are cocktails only available at La Luce and many contain unique scratch made components dreamed up by both Debra and Tony. As a special treat, Debra made me up a special mini sampler of all the exclusive drinks on this list.
La Piccolina – Cilantro-Jalapeno Infused Prairie Organic Vodka, Arvero Limoncello, Lime Juice and Raspberries.
Grapes of Wrath – Herradura Tequila Silver, Chambord, Red Grapes, Tarragon and Lemon Juice
Western Peach Lemonade – High West Whiskey, Peach Syrup and Lemon Juice
Thyme Collins – Pineapple and Thyme Infused Hendricks Gin, Pineapple Juice and Club Soda
Each of these Bartender Creations can be ordered full size at $14 each. However, if you visit Debra, introduce yourself and tell her Amanda Tinney sent you, you can ask her for a cocktail sampler and she will whip one up special just for you.
La Luce is located inside the Hilton Bonnet Creek which is inside the gates of Walt Disney World. The resort is at 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821. There is a charge for parking at the resort’s garage, but if you dine in the restaurant you can get your parking validated. Just ask.
I was provided this sampler complements of La Luce. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own and if you follow me on social media you know I do spend my own dollars dining here.