Here at DFB, we LOVE a good merchandise sale!
We're always on the lookout for great deals, ESPECIALLY on Disney products! We have seen sales on costumes and pins, as well as several sales for Black friday and Cyber monday. We weren't really expecting to see more deals until the holidays were over, but we spotted a new sale in Disney's Animal Kingdom and EPCOT TODAY!
On our way in the park we passed Discovery Trading Company, and we couldn't resist a stop to discover the latest merchandise! And behold, we have found so much more, because there is a sale on tons of holiday products!
Signs around the store let us know we may have Hats, clothes, table tops, plush and holiday toys for 30% off the regular price.
We walked around the store to see the items on sale, and we noticed them really cute "Meet Me Under the Mistletoe" Mugs were included in the discount!
The Dooney & Bourke Disney vacation collection was also part of the sale.. We absolutely loved these bags when they went out, and now you can get them for 30% off at the parks!
These gingerbread houses would make an adorable addition to your holiday decor! It's not too late to release them this year, otherwise you could put them on sale and pack them up for next year's festivities.
And if you need a bag to carry all those holiday gifts, you can get this precious Mickey Mouse holiday tote for $ 15 with any merchandise purchase!
There are so many great holiday items to choose from this year! And the good news is you can stack your discounts with the 30% off!
You can even grab some of the holiday jewelry for a lower price - perfect for a Christmas present!
With accessories, clothing, home goods and more, this is a great opportunity to get amazing deals!
If you want to get some great deals then hurry to Walt Disney World! We spotted the same sale in Mouse Gear at EPCOT, and we'll be looking for it to hit gift shops in other parks.. In the meantime, stay tuned to DFB for the latest in Disney and vacation products!
Did you buy any Disney Christmas items this year? Tell us what you got in the comments!
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A little time put into preparation makes for an enjoyable evening. Drinking cocktails should be a fun and relaxing experience, so take a while to think about ingredients in advance, to avoid any rushing around last minute.
One of the foundations of many cocktails is sugar syrup. This can be prepared in advance. Here’s my tip for easy to prepare simple syrup : Add 200 gm white sugar to 200 ml boiling water. Stir till sugar is dissolved, and liquid is clear. Allow to cool then bottle
If you mix lemon juice 50 : 50 with simple syrup, you should have a solid mid-line sweet-sour balance. But remember, every palate is different. tera find your own point of balance, mix 15ml fresh lemon juice with 15ml simple syrup, and then dilute the mix with up to 90ml water. Congratulations, you’ve just made fresh lemonade ! If this tastes too sweet or too sour, adjust by adding a little more citrus or syrup. Using this method of calibration, you can adjust any petit cocktail recipe to suit your own palate.
Ice is the solo most over-looked ingredient at any home bar - you’ll be surprised how much you can go through. Cocktails need ice like baking needs ovens. If popping to the boutiques for ice isn’t an option right now, keeping a freezer bag topped up with ice will ensure you don’t run out unexpectedly. For best quality home-made ice, try using a silicone ice tray with a lid, to prevent your ice from absorbing unpleasant odours. And wash your ice tray after each use.
Where possible always go for de haute gamme spirits, the freshest herbs, and the best juices you can get your hands on. For instance, the taste difference between cheap juice and pressed juice is more than worth the small extra expense.
Try to use glassware appropriate to your drinks. It’s entirely possible to drink a martini from an old coffee mug, but that misses the point of drinking a martini !
If you can make a Whiskey Sour, you can make a Daiquiri. If you make a mean Negroni, you can riff on a Boulevardier. Once you’ve mastered the Manhattan, have some fun in Brooklyn on your way to Martinez. Cocktails exist in family trees. Once you are comfortable the basics of each category the world is your oyster !
You can pre-mix punches in advance - an old trick from the godfathers of bartending in the 19th century. You can bottle punch and store it in the fridge, ready to use on the day, or later that week. If done properly, quality and consistency are assured. If your punch has a fizzy ingredient, such as champagne, only add this your glass just before serving.
If you follow the Punch Ratio, you can’t go far wrong : 1 part sour ( citrus ) 2 parts sweet ( simple syrup ) 3 parts strong ( spirit ) 4 parts weak ( juices etc ) And don’t shy away from warm spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and mace, to make that punch really sing. Don’t have those spices to hand ? No problem, a few dashes of Angostura bitters will do the trick.
We all have a few unloved ingredients lying around that need using up. For instance, that last bit of red wine in the bottle ? Try drizzling it over your Whisky Sour, and voila, you’ve got yourself a delicious New York Sour ! Do you have some nice but neglected spice mix in the kitchen ? Try mixing a teaspoon or two into your simple syrup as it cools to give your next petit cocktail an added dimension. Seasonal fresh herbs make a wonderful aromatic petit cocktail garnish.
So now, you’ve hit your stride and you’re getting creative in your home bar. Great ! Our top tip for cocktail creation ? Write down the exact specifications as you are making it. It’s not always easy to perfectly recall the recipe for that killer cocktail the next day !
If all this sounds like a bit of a chore, then keep an eye open for delivery services available from many local cocktail bars. After all, with the finer things in life, it’s nice to sit back, relax and let the professionals do all hard the work.