Art Bar at Gaylord Palms toasts to the colors and flavors of springtime

Art Bar Cocktails, photo provided by Gaylord Palms
Art Bar Cocktails, photo provided by Gaylord Palms /

As the tulips bloom, the Art Bar at Gaylord Palms offers its own celebration of springtime. From herbaceous flavors to bright colors, these specialty cocktails paint a jovial picture of the season. Are you ready to Spring it on?

Located inside the Castillo de San Marcos Fort, the Art Bar brings a creative spin to spring cocktails. While the artist might paint with his brush, these cocktails are part whimsy and part expert mixology. Even if you cannot believe your eyes, each drink inspires a new perspective on how food and beverages can express an emotion.

Whether it is an aroma from the smoke bubble or the flower emerging from the ice cube, these cocktails are more than just a cursory pour in a glass. Even though you might prefer to enjoy the kaleidoscope of offerings, it might be best to enjoy one sip of the painter’s palate at a time.

Follow the vibrant rainbow at the Gaylord Palm’s Art Bar.

The cocktails and mocktails offered at the Art Bar offer a full spectrum of flavors and colors. Some are bright and herbaceous while others are sweet and spicy. In some ways, the creativity in the glass could encourage a sip that isn’t necessarily the norm.

For example, the Bourbon in Bloom is a bursting with berries. The combination of strawberries, raspberries and a touch of mint is both sweet and refreshing. While the sparkling wine floater adds effervescence, the edible flower in the ice cube is a special nod to Spring.

One of the most impressive cocktails is the Secret Garden. While the colorful pea flower extract adds to the colorful aspect, the smoked flavor bubble reveals the treasure inside the couple glass. The contrasting flavors of grapefruit juice and lavender honey syrup make it feel like a lovely summer day. Still, that big reveal of the edible flowers under the smoke bubble is a moment to remember.

For a bold flavor, the Spring Fever cocktail combines rosemary, jalapeno and cucumbers to offer a refreshing sip. The touch of heat with the nod to a slight sweetness makes this cocktail a surprising sip.

While the cocktails are delightful, the mocktails are equally impressive. Since Peeps are always a springtime favorite, the For the Peeps mocktail blends lemon lime soda, watermelon and mint for an invigorating sip.

Since being an artist means a little experimentation, the Over the Rainbow mocktail allows you to create the perfect beverage. Guests are given three jars and allowed to create their perfect pour over the green apple boba. From traditional color progression to a figment of your imagination, the path is yours to take.

The Art Bar has a wide array of colorful, flavorful and innovative beverages. The special offering is part of the Spring celebration at Gaylord Palms. In addition to the Paint Me a Fairytale performances, guests can stroll the atrium for springtime photo opportunities. From gigantic Easter eggs to blooming tulips, there are so many sights to see.

The Once Upon a Spring Time event runs on select days. Times include March 12-20, 25-27, April 1-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30 and May 1, 7-8 and 14-15, and it is best to check with the Gaylord Palms website for the most up to date information.

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Are you ready to toast to spring? What is your favorite Spring cocktail?