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Who doesn’t love Disney themed drinks? This Disney Scream Canister cocktail and mocktail recipe was inspired by the Lamplight Lounge in Disneyland. You just have to try it for yourself!
Disney Scream Canister Cocktail & Mocktail Copycat Recipe
Every time I visit the Disney parks I come home wishing I could enjoy the iconic park food one more time. While it’s not exactly the same as going to Disneyland, copycat recipes like this one are a great way to relive those memories right at home.
If you have kids, why not bring some of that Disney magic home for them too? The mocktail version of this recipe will make them feel like they’re getting a fancy drink. Serve it at pool parties or let your little one sip while watching their favorite flick on Disney Plus.
Where Does This Disneyland Inspired Cocktail Come From?
The Scream Canister is a mixed drink available in the Lamplight Lounge in Disney’s California Adventure park. This restaurant, which is situated on Pixar Pier, has a menu full of clever foods and drinks that pay homage to the Pixar films.
This one is a reference to Monster’s Incorporated. The scream canisters in the movie are used to contain children’s screams, which are gathered when the monsters visit their rooms at night and scare them.
Scream canisters are bright yellow, just like this vibrant cocktail!
How Many Servings Does This Disney Scream Canister Cocktail & Mocktail Recipe Make?
The recipe is for just one serving. Since you have to mix it in a cocktail shaker you can only prepare one drink at a time. Thankfully it’s really easy to whip up – just put all the ingredients into the shaker, mix it up, pour, and garnish.
What Do You Need to Make This Disney Cocktail Recipe?
Your shopping list is going to depend on how well stocked your bar usually is. Two oz of each orange juice and pineapple juice are the main ingredients.
But you’ll also need 1oz of cream of coconut. This isn’t to be confused with coconut cream (that usually comes in a can) – cream of coconut has been processed to be thicker and sweeter.
The alcohol in this cocktail is 2oz of spiced rum and you can use any brand you have on hand as long as it’s an amber. For authenticity sake, the Lamplight Lounge menu lists Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum in this drink.
You’ll also need to add a dash of bitters and some fruit (lime slice, pineapple wedge, mint leaf, and/or cherry) for garnish.
Finally, it gets mixed in a bar shaker so make sure you have one handy. Serve in an ice-filled glass.
- 2 oz orange juice
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz cream of coconut
- 2 oz spiced rum
- Dash bitters
- Lime slice, pineapple wedge, cherry for garnish
- In a bar shaker add 4-5 pieces of spiced rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and
cream of coconut.
- Shake well to combine.
- Pour the cocktail mixture into an ice filled glass.
- Top with a splash of bitters
Make it a Mocktail
Omit the rum for a mocktail version! It still tastes great without it. You can also leave the bitters out to make this recipe more kid-friendly.
How Much Does This Recipe Make?
The volume of the drink will change based on how much ice you use. When made following the directions, you should fill an 8oz glass.
Without ice, there is 7oz of drink with the alcoholic version and 5oz with the mocktail option.
Can You Substitute Any of the Ingredients?
No main ingredients, except the alcohol, can be switched without completely changing the drink.
If you don’t like the taste of spiced rum, it can be substituted with your preferred variety of either white or amber rum.
Tips for the Garnish
If you’re planning to make a few of these, prep your garish ahead of time. Just keep it in the fridge in an airtight container until you’re ready to go.
The pineapple is sliced by first peeling a fresh pineapple and then slicing it into rings. From there, cut out a wedge shape. To get it to stay on the glass, carefully slice a slit about ½ way up.
For the cherries, we stuck a couple onto a cocktail skewer and rested them on the side of the glass so they didn’t fall in.
Finally, we used mint leaves for a bit of color but you could also use lime slices.
How to Make this Disneyland Mocktail More Fun For Kids
If you’re planning on making this drink for a child you can make some kid-friendly changes. Instead of fruit garnish, try topping it with whipped cream.
Or top the drink with some Mickey Mouse shaped sprinkles.
Other ways to make this drink more fun is to add a drink umbrella or serve it with a fancy straw.
How Much is a Dash When You’re Making Cocktails?
“A dash of bitters”… But what does it actually mean? An experienced bartender works entirely on vibes, but if you’re still learning then measurements like this can get confusing.
In most recipes, including cocktails, a dash is somewhere between ⅛ and ¼ of a teaspoon. You can measure it if you feel more comfortable. Try the ⅛ first and see if it needs more.
The best way to get a real dash is to shake the bitter bottle over the cocktail glass in one single, strong motion. It’s very similar to how you’d shake a dash of hot sauce out of a bottle.
I Don’t Have a Cocktail Shaker – Can I Stir Instead?
It’s the old James Bond quote, “shaken, not stirred.” But why would Bond, or anyone for that matter, need to have their cocktail shaken anyway? Can’t you just mix the ingredients together with a spoon?
Sometimes, but not always. In this case, shaking is necessary for this cocktail to turn out best. When agitated with ice in the shaker, the cream of coconut combines with the other ingredients to create a more creamy consistency.
Shaking also breaks the ice down a bit, which dilutes the cocktail to the right flavor. When you’re working with juices it’s really important to tone down that sweetness a little bit.
Finally, shaking is also a good way to blend everything evenly.