As was first teased last weekend, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar has transformed into Jock Lindsey’s “Holiday” Bar this winter. As you’ll see below, the halls have been decked and lights have been strung around the Indiana Jones-themed bar to get in the holiday spirit.
For a more in depth look at the decor, check out our first look post (HERE). Let’s jump into the limited-time eats and drinks that are available now through January 5th, 2020!
C9 Light Deviled Eggs – $12
Colored eggs with Shrimp and Tobiko Caviar
It’s a really fun idea to realize the shape of an egg as a C9 bulb! Adding some color to the eggs finished off the concept wonderfully. The crispy shrimp on top adds a nice bite to each soft deviled egg giving a difference in textures. They’re pretty standard, minus the colors, but still fun. Only if you’re a fan of deviled eggs would we recommend these.
Holiday Caprese Wreath – $12
Vine Ripe Tomato, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Balsamic Glaze
Out of all of the options that we tried, this was probably the one that required the least amount of effort, and was nothing particularly special. Yes, everything was fresh and it was a completely acceptable caprese, but it’s really not worth the time or money compared to other items.
Drummer Boy Braised Lamb with Truffle – $15
Mushroom and Manchego Cheese Arancini, Herb Chimichurri, Chilli Peppers Coulis, Micro Arugula
The lamb was very different and not totally holiday themed, but let’s roll with it because it’s fantastic. There’s full fried mushroom and cheese in the bottom puff topped with lamb. It’s shredded lamb that exceeds all expectations. While the flavor profile might not hit all of the individual elements, it works really well as a whole. We really don’t know how to describe this dish except it’s pretty spectacular and well worth your time.
Ugly “Sweeter” Bread – $10
Cinnamon Smear Brioche, Eggnog Icing
What we have here is a pretty standard cinnamon roll plused to the holiday MAX. It probably looks better than it tastes, but when creating limited-time menus, it’s the look that often sells more than the taste. The bread isn’t served warm, it’s served room temperature like regular bread topped with an “eggnog” icing. The icing certainly tastes more like a regular cinnamon bun topping than anything that resembles eggnog, but that’s not to the detriment of the dessert. The chocolate toppers are difficult to eat with the bread but fun on the side. It’s a fun, unique, and definitely Christmas item that’s a great addition to your Hangar Bar experience.
Jingle Bell Pops – $14
Dark Chocolate Truffles, Crushed Peppermint and Peppermint Syrup Dipped in Dark Chocolate.
The Jingle Bell pops were very pretty with probably the best presentation of the holiday menu. The raspberries are placed on their leaves making them look like holly berries, a very cute touch. After getting past a really hard outer layer, you’ll find a very rich ganache below. Our initial thought was that these were made at the nearby Ganachery location, but they are actually made over at Amourettes exclusively for the Jock Lindsey’s “Holiday” Bar. Despite being labeled as pops, there is no “cake” to the “pop”, making these extremely dense and probably too much to tackle by yourself. That said, they’re extremely photogenic and a wonderful sharable option.
Jock’s Holiday Nog – $14
Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Frangelico Liqueur, Rumchata Caribbean Rum, Vanilla and topped with Peppermint Candies
This was a real winner from last year and we’re happy to see it return. The Jock’s Holiday Nog is, visually, much more festive with a flavor to match. When bringing the drink up to your nose, you’re met with a traditional peppermint aroma thanks to the peppermint sprinkles.
The peppermint floats on top of the drink as you enjoy it, which means that you’ll enjoy a small peppermint shaving in most sips.
As far as flavor is concerned, you’re going to get hints of vanilla paired with the Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Compared to the Jock Frost, it’s a “stronger” drink, but it still goes down easier than probably 90% of the drinks on the menu. If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, you can’t go wrong with the Jock’s Holiday Nog!
Jock Frost – $13
Malibu Rum, Rumchata Caribbean Rum, Blue Curacao Liqueur and Pineapple Juice
First up is the Jock Frost. A striking blue drink arrives in a frozen state with a bit of foam on top. Both of these drinks are “dangerous” in the sense that they go down quite easily. I would say that the Jock Frost went down easier than the Holiday Nog simply because it was more tropical in flavor.
In the Jock Frost you’re going to get an overarching flavor of pineapple juice with suggestions of Blue Curacao Liqueur and the Malibu Rum. Again, it’s not overpowering in the slightest.
Santa Hat Mojito – $13
Bacardi Superior Rum, Simple Syrup, Mint Leaves, Soda Water, Grenadine, Lemon-Lime Foamz
There’s really nothing special about this drink that makes it wintery, besides the mint, but that’s what makes a mojito so it’s not really special. The candy cane and red coloring to the drink make it fun and festive but nothing particularly different. We’d recommend a both of the drinks above before going for this one.
White Christmas Margarita – $13
Rumchata, Malibu Rum, El Jimador Tequila Blanco, Fresh Lime Juice, and Cranberries
The tequila here is exceedingly subtle, but the entire drink really is. There’s alcohol in here and you can taste it afterward. Subtle winter taste notes with just minimal rumchata, which is a welcome sight for drinks after everything having Rumchata in it for a solid two years. Definitely different and totally photogenic
Cinnamon Bells – $14
Knob Creek, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, Frangelico, Half & Half, Cinnamon Simple Syrup
It’s certainly cinnamon on the nose and smells like fireball whiskey on top with a cinnamon sugar rim. What you anticipate to taste like Cinnamon Toast Crunch ends up being a gigantic bite of whiskey that finishes harsher than it begins. It’s a warm lingering taste that you feel down your throat. It’s a true holiday drink that would work better in 20 degree weather and not the 80 degree Florida winter.
Secret Menu Trio
The cheesecake is very similar if not the same thing as the tie dye cheesecake from Pop Century. Nothing great, but still cheesecake albeit specially colored. The cake pop is the same as the regular order. The bread isn’t the same as the cinnamon rolls we saw earlier; it’s more of a vanilla sponge cake. It’s good, just not as good as the full order of the ugly “sweeter” bread.
Overall, the Jock Lindsey’s “Holiday” Bar overlay is a wonderful addition to the Disney Springs eatery. What started as a hot spot has gradually cooled as more dining options opened, and the holiday overlay this year should help it stand out in a crowded space. Is it a home run or must-do? Probably not really. There are really a bunch of options that we would recommend to a first-time visitor before Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, but this limited-time menu feels like it’s a way to get more locals into the venue, which it should do over the next month and change. We enjoyed just about everything presented on the food side of things and found a few winners with the drinks. Just make sure that if you’re coming for the “holiday” portion of things to sit inside, as the exterior patio doesn’t have any upgraded decor this year.