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Whenever we’re at brunch you know I’m gonna have a mimosa in hand, so the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar will be one of our very first marketplace at the Food and Wine Festival this year! Big menu changes this year, a different location, Cheesecake, Ice Cream Sundaes and 4 different Mimosas make this place just too good to pass up!
Let’s see how it all tastes in our Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar Review at the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival…
Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar Marketplace:
The Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar was a brand new marketplace last year at the Food and Wine Festival and this time it’s moved locations due to the work being done inside the Wonders of Life Pavilion.
It’s located this year on the World Showcase promenade where the Almond Orchard was located last year, near Australia.
This is what it looks like now:
Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar Menu:
This year the Shimmering Sips menu underwent a total overhaul and ditched the pastries and croissants for Ice Cream Sundaes and Cheesecake. First up for new items is a Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae and there’s also a Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone which I’m guessing will be a good break from the heat.
We’re more intrigued by the Cheesecake Trio Bites done in Raspberry, Chocolate, and New York-Style. That has a ton of potential and I can’t wait to try them.
Let’s be honest though, you’re here to drink and this place does mimosas like nobody’s business. You can choose between Tropical, Key Lime or Blood Orange flavored mimosas or the Frozen Mimosa which was great last year. There is also a selection of champagne, but I’m not sure this is the event for those.
- Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilk, fresh Berries, and Chocolate Almond Streusel (V) (KA) ($4.25)
- Cheesecake Trio: Raspberry, Chocolate, and New York-Style Cheesecake Bites (V) (KA) ($5.00)
- Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone (V) (KA) ($5.25)
- Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juices ($6.00)
- Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice ($6.00)
- Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice ($6.00)
- Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Natural Lime Hard Seltzer ($6.00)
- Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, Champagne ($17.00)
- Dom Pérignon Brut, Champagne ($32.00)
- Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé, Champagne ($21.00)
- Mimosa Flight ($9.00)
Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae ($4.25):
I’m not a banana guy at all, but I’ve got to say that if you like them you will probably love the Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae. It’s pretty much the same as it was last year, banana soft-serve with berries and a crumble on top.
You can definitely taste the banana here, but I wouldn’t say it’s too strong. I did appreciate all the berries they put on top, that was the best part for me.
The chewy chocolate streusel inside were a surprise and I love the way they mix with the raspberries. This is a great option at lunchtime when you can’t bear to think of eating anything hot and just want a refreshing, sweet treat!
Cheesecake Trio: Raspberry, Chocolate, and New York-Style Cheesecake Bites ($5.00):
The Cheesecake Trio was new to Shimmering Sips this year, and we really enjoyed it! You are given three small portions of cheesecake, each a different flavor: Chocolate, Raspberry and New York-style.
The cheesecake part is very creamy and rich, and exactly what you want. Sometimes a cheesecake isn’t sweet enough and a little too cheesy, this wasn’t the case. I found it was just the right balance between the two. Each one had a thin graham cracker-like crust underneath which was good too.
All of them were good, but it’s really hard to top the original NY-style for me. That’s perfect and with the raspberry drizzle to dip it in, we’re talking about perfection! A MUST-GET!
Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone ($5.25):
Now this is pink!
If you aren’t a banana fan then maybe the Strawberry Soft Serve is more for you. First of all it’s a very big size, bigger than the sundae, and served in a waffle cone that has sprinkles around the edge.
The ice cream itself is really good, very smooth. The strawberry flavor is a bit different if you have something more like traditional strawberry ice cream in mind, but it feels like a natural taste all the same.
If you are trying to make a statement, then this is the cone for you!
Mimosa Flight ($9.00):
So you can buy each of the 3 mimosas separately, or try them all in a mimosa flight instead! The flight saves you money as each mimosa costs $6.00, but the flight only costs $9.00. Hey, it’s a bargain so you’ve got to get the flight!
Each of the Tropical Mimosa, Key Lime Mimosa and Blood Orange Mimosa are included.
Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juices ($6.00):
This one was a good option. Really refreshing and not too sweet. Lots of orange and guava taste, not so much passion fruit to my palate, but we loved it anyways!
Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice ($6.00):
This one got mixed reviews. When we tried it it the first time it wasn’t cold which is not how it should be served. The second time though it was cold and you could really taste the Key Lime in there. It made it a little tart, but if you are a Key Lime fan then you’ll love this!
Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice ($6.00):
We wanted to be a harsh critic on at least one of the trio, but we like the blood orange mimosa too. If I’m looking for a flaw I’d say it could have been a tad sweeter overall, but nothing that would prevent me from getting it again. Go ahead and give it a try though for yourself!
Fromosa: Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Lime Hard Seltzer ($6.00):
Even though the regular mimosas were all pretty good, we liked the Frozen Mimosa the best! I’m sure it had nothing to do with the 90+ degree weather or anything, but we just found it super refreshing and packed with flavor.
Even though it’s red, it was another strong lime flavor which came from the lime hard seltzer. And interestingly even though it was frozen, you could taste the bubbles coming up anyways! Great choice and must-try!
Booth Summary and Grade:
The Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar was a smash hit for us and still a great addition to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in its second year.
The Ice Cream was a hit in the Florida heat and the Cheesecake Bites were a big upgrade over the generic pastries from last year. Of course you come here though to drink and the mimosas really stood out.
They all pretty much had strong flavors of what they were said to have, and all really refreshing. It was a tough choice for us but the Frozen Mimosa to us was the best option, and definitely worth trying. But at $6 these are some of the best/affordable drinks at the Food and Wine Festival.
Since it’s open before most of the Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces, head over to the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar first thing in the morning and start off your day right!
If you have to get just one thing:
Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar Review
Overall Grade - 9/10
Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar Review
Overall Grade - 9/10
I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you have a great time and don’t waste your time! Take a look at all of my 2019 Epcot Food and Wine articles including:
- 2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Info Guide
- Complete List of Food and Wine Menus
- Top 10 Best and Worst Snacks at Food and Wine 2020
- MUST-TRY NEW Items at 2020 Food and Wine Festival (Coming Soon)
- Top Food and Wine Booths (Coming Soon)
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