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What is Trader Sam’s and How to Make Their Drinks at Home

This blog is your complete guide to Trader Sam’s drink recipes at Walt Disney World. This world is missing a lot right now; concerts, sporting events, nights out to eat, and especially traveling (and by traveling, we mean taking a trip to Disney World). Not to mention, the adults have a lot on their plate, and a drink or two helps make dealing with life a little easier. Disney Trader Sam’s is your solution to getting your Disney fix and your alcohol mix. Here’s what it’s all about:


What is Trader Sam’s Disney ?

Trader Sam’s is a tiki bar franchise located in both Disneyland and Disney World with a concept based off of the beloved Jungle Cruise attraction. Follow Trader Sam, a quirky adventurer and entrepreneur who worked the shores of Disneyland and Disney World’s Jungle Cruise as the “Head Salesman” of the jungle. Don’t forget his hard-to-pass-up deal, 2 of his heads for 1 of yours!

Trader Sam’s WDW is called the Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and it’s located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Disneyland’s Trader Sam’s is located in the Disneyland hotel at the Tiki Bar Downtown Disney and it’s called Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. The Disney World drink recipes and Trader Sam’s Disneyland menu are very similar, although Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar did come first.

Trader Sam’s Drink Recipes

If you’re looking for some Disney drink recipes that will make you feel as if you’re on a tropical island (or at least away from reality for a bit), try these Trader Sam’s drinks that’ll taste just like the parks’ versions.

Gorilla Grog

One of the most popular Trader Sam’s recipes, the Gorilla punch recipe found in both Disney World and Disneyland.
Combine 1 ounce passion fruit juice, 1 ounce of no-pulp orange juice, 1 ounce guava juice or 3 ounces of POG juice, 1 ounce of pineapple juice, 2 ounces of lemon juice, .25 ounces of Orgreat, and .25 ounces of Falernum into a shaker and shake well. Pour it over ice into a glass, and enjoy!

Hippopotomai Tai

Also found in both parks, it’s a Disney mai tai recipe with a twist.
In a shaker, add in 1 ounce of lime juice, 1/2 an ounce of agave nectar, 1/2 an ounce of orgeat syrup, 1/2 an ounce of orange curacao, 1 ounce of Coruba Dark Rum, and 1 ounce of Bacardi Rum. Shake it all together and pout it over ice for this kick of a drink.


Uh Oa!

The Enchanted Tiki Room Uh Oa drink is one of the select only Disney Polynesian drink recipes. Typically, the Uh Oa Trader Sam’s drink is served in their Uh Oa bowl, which is set on fire, and the bartenders chant Uh Oa! As wild as this sounds, you can recreate the same effect.

Mix 1/2 ounce of lime juice, 1 ounce of cinnamon syrup, 2 ounces of grapefruit juice, 4 ounces of gorilla grog, 2 ounces of Bacardi Rum, and 2 ounces of Myer’s Original Dark Rum. Then combine with ice and put it in some sort of tiki bowl or glass. Garnish with some maraschino cherries. If you have your own Uh Oa! bowl, but some cinnamon in the designated spots around the edges of the bowl. Rest half a lime on top of the ice, then add a stack of 5 sugar cubes on top. Soak the sugar cubes in 151.

Are you feeling daring? Next, light the ice cubes on fire with a match or lighter, and watch the drink glow! You can chant if you want, we’ll leave that up to you.


Krakatoa Punch

Also known as Krakatoa cocktail, this Polynesian punch Trader Sam’s is delicious and explosive.
Take 1 ounce of dark rum, 1 ounce of spiced rum, 3 ounces of Gorilla Grog, 1/2 ounce of almond syrup, and .25 ounces of grenadine. Shake it all up and pour it in a glass.

Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum

The Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum recipe sounds a lot like the Tiki Tiki Tiki Room song!
Using 1/2 ounce of orange juice, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, 1 ounce of Coco Real cream of coconut, and 1.5 ounces of Pyrat XO Rum, pout it all together in a shaker, shake it up, and pour over ice into a glass.

Trader Sam’s Shrunken Zombie Head Recipe

This trader Sam’s shrunken head sounds scary, but it tastes so good (and don’t worry, Trader Sam won’t actually shrink your head). It does, however, make enough for 3 drinks. So if you decide to drink it all, you could be walking like a zombie.
First, you must start with the Zombie Batch- 6 ounces of Sam’s orange juice (any orange juice), 6 ounces of sour mix, and 4 ounces of orgeat syrup.
Next, combine 3 ounces of the Zombie Batch with .75 ounces of Bacardi 8 Rum, 0.75 ounces of Appleton Rum, and 0.5 ounces of Gosling 151 Rum. Shake all together and pour it into a glass.


Piranha Pool

The Piranha cocktail is vicious but delicious.
Mix 8 ounces of Pina Colada mix with 3 ounces of coconut rum and 1 ounce of blue caraco in a shaker. In a hurricane glass (or long, curvy glass), pour 2 ounces of strawberry puree into the bottom. Pour the blended mixture on top of the puree and sip it with a straw.

Just when you thought these drinks could only be found at the WDW Trader Sam’s and the Downtown Disney Tiki Bar, you’ve escaped with Trader Sam’s recipes without losing your head! These popular Trader Sam’s drinks are popular, delicious, and easy enough to make without feeling like you’re breaking the bank. You can also make them any time, day or night, without having to confine to Trader Sam’s hours, in the comfort of your own home.

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