Since its opening at Disney Springs just over two years ago, Wine Bar George has become one of the top spots for dinner and a drink at the popular entertainment complex. With each visit, guests can expect familiar favorites as well as a selection of new items.
While known for an impressive wine list, curated by owner and master sommelier George Miliotes, a new addition to the bar is a bit more spirited. Hooten Young American Whiskey, with notes of maple, vanilla and ripe apple, is now available straight up, neat or in “The Hoot” cocktail.
Miliotes worked directly with Master Sgt. Norm Hooten and Tim Young in the finishing of the whiskey, including rigorous rounds of tasting to find the right fit and best tasting whiskey for the brand. The finished product is a tribute to the brave men and women of the armed forces, with a portion of the proceeds donated to charities that support veterans.
“The uniqueness of our whiskey can be attributed to the 12 years of aging, as well as the second fill barrels instead of using the first fill,” Miliotes says. “You can’t fake aged whiskey, much like you can’t claim wines are from old vines if they are new. Being able to find this aged American whiskey that is relaxed and different brings something new to an overcrowded whiskey market. After countless hours blending, evaluating proofs and tasting, we are thrilled with the final product.”
When it comes to the food menu, several new items have our mouths watering. If you’re just passing through, The Basket is featuring Frozen & Fries, with pairings of a uniquely topped French fry basket with one of the bar’s frozen cocktails. Pairings include Queso French Fries paired with Frose, Togarashi French Fries paired with Friezling prepared with Dole Whip Lime, California French Fries made with Dole Whip Pineapple and Buffalo French Fries paired with Freaujolais.
Inside the restaurant, a new brunch addition includes a Fried Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese, bacon relish and a sunny side up egg, while the lunch menu features a Fried Fish sandwich complemented with house-made pickles, gribiche sauce and a buttery brioche bun. A popular nightly feature is the 36-ounce Tomahawk for Two with garlic rosemary potatoes and pepper bacon relish. This dish can even feed three or four people easily.
Next time you’re at Disney Springs, check out Wine Bar George to see what’s new.
Courtesy of Wine Bar George
-1.5 ounces Hooten Young American Whiskey – Aged 12 Years
-0.5 ounces G.E. Massenez Crème de Cassis
-0.5 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
-Ginger beer, for topping
Shake ingredients 1-3 together and pour the mixture into a Collins glass. Top with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with a lime.