3 drinks to try at this new Disneyland Resort hotspot

Rarely does a new restaurant concept come to life, and it feels like it should have been around for years. Calaca Mama’s, a Mexican-style family restaurant located just across from Disneyland’s main entrance, offers an incredible range of drinks, some for the whole family.

La Poule-Chata. Photograph by Greg Nagel

Start with the Hen-Chata, because it’s summer. The drink is ice cold, plant-based and served without alcohol. The alcoholic version comes with a side of Hennessey, which can be garnished and tossed with the cinnamon stick or simply shot down and chased away. Either one is spectacular.

Wonderful Agua. Photograph by Greg Nagel

Brambles are another way to beat the heat, and Miracle Agua de Calaca is just the elixir. Gin, crushed strawberries, rhubarb bitters and ginger beer concoct the drink as delicious as it is complex. There’s something fun about the way strawberry and rhubarb play together with ginger and botanicals in New Amsterdam gin. It reminds me of summertime punch bowls, where you scoop up fizzy strawberries as a snack.

Spiritual guide. Photograph by Greg Nagel

Mezcal fans will feel right at home with the Spirit Guide, a blend of Los Vecinos Mezcal and Green Chartreuse. It has a delicious summery smoky sweetness that is balanced with fresh lime juice. The flambé lime garnish offers a generous aromatic complement to all facets of the drink, wrapping it like a bow on a gift.

Calaca Mama’s is located at 1550 S. Harbor Boulevard, which shares parking with the neighboring hotel (valid for 2.5 hours). Indoor and patio dining is available, as well as space for large groups. Open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. calacamamas.com

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