Where To Cool Off in Orlando

Refreshing drinks and treats that are perfect to ice away Orlando's summer heat

The average temperature in June and July in Orlando hovers at 90-plus degrees, so you’ll need a refreshing fix after park hopping or schlepping to business meetings. Here are some tempting ideas.

Butter Beer

Harry Potter’s favorite drink is non-alcoholic, frothy and sweet. Part of the beverage’s magic is that the foam never disappears from first to last sip. Fans describe the flavor as being something like cream soda meets a butter pecan sugar cookie. Butter Beer is extra special because you can only get it at Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the new Diagon Alley at Islands of Adventure. It also comes frozen for those seeking another chill factor.

Back Porch Lemon Tea

A boozy twist on the Arnold Palmer will make you forget about sweating. This cocktail at Cooper’s Hawk wine bar near the convention district is made with moonshine, lemon juice, iced tea and blood orange. What heat? What humidity? More, please.

The Sunburn

Beer cocktails are all the rage, and the Yard House has many to choose from including this tasty concoction made with St. Germain beer, Malibu pineapple rum, orange bitters, cranberry juice, pear cider and topped with fresh thyme and orange peel. Or, go for the Silly European made with house Belgian Amber Tripel and Tanquery gin finished with a garnish of black cherries. 

The Kitchen Sink

From the Disney parks, hop aboard a complimentary boat or bus (or just take the rental car) to Disney’s Beach Club Resort (1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.934.8000) for a serious indulgence. The journey’s pay-off is a mountain of ice cream goodness at its Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. Just as the sundae’s name suggests, you’ll want for nothing with eight scoops of ice cream loaded with every topping you can imagine, including hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream, strawberries, sprinkles and whatever else is behind the counter that day.

Shelley Preston
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