Disney Date Perfection: Trader Sam’s at Home

Disney Date Perfection: Trader Sam’s at Home

Need an evening escape? We’ve cooked up the perfect Trader Sam’s inspired date night to bring the tiki bar home.

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We’re not shy about the things we love – and let’s face it Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is pretty much perfection in every way. From the boozey tiki drinks, delicious snacks, the magically erupting volcano…what’s not to love?

Since we’re stuck right there with you in quarantine we’ve got the perfect plans to bring the tiki bar home. This makes an excellent Disney date night but can also be a fun evening for the kids too. After all everyone can use a little aloha spirit right now!

Start with the drinks!

This is the perfect Trader Sam’s night…it has gotta start with the drinks! Now we’re perfectionists but when it comes to tiki drinks procuring the right ingredients can often mean a long hunt across several stores (and the internet.) And the dirty little secret the TSams’s bartenders won’t let you in on? Rum and fruit juice pretty much ALWAYS taste delicious. So we’ve built an “easy to find in quarantine” ingredient list for our drink!


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  • 2 oz rum (any rum you have on hand works, but we like dark rum!)

  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice

  • 1 oz orange juice

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • 1/2 oz almond syrup (simple syrup works too!)

  • 1/2 oz grenadine

Shake in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain & serve (preferably in a fun tiki mug!) over crushed ice.

Bonus points if you pop on this video while serving the drink for the Trader Sam’s classic announcement of impending doom!

Now the food

the tiki gods demand an appetizer

Are you as obsessed with the Trader Sam’s Fried Chinese Long Beans as we are? We order them approximately 100% of the time we stop by the bar. Bring the beans home with this recipe provided straight from the Disney blog! (If you’re watching your waistline we recommend subing almond flour for the panko & greek yogurt for the mayonnaise.)

We served ours up in a bamboo steamer just like they do in the bar.

And the entree is…

You’ve done enough cooking for one date…time to order in for the main event! A tuna poke bowl delivers all the tastes of Hawaii for the evening. We found tons of LA spots that deliver fresh salmon & tuna bowls all night long.

Not a fish fan or hoping to cook dinner too? Recreate your own Trader Sam’s burger by whipping up a burger and topping it with teriyaki sauce, havarti cheese and a pineapple slice. We found a great recipe clone here.

And now the tunes!

We’ve cooked up the perfect soundtrack for your evening. Feel the enchanted tiki vibes all night long with our Disney Perfection playlist.

Let us know how your magically enchanted Trader Sam’s date goes. We’ve love to see your photos too! Tag us @disneyperfection on instagram for a chance for us to share whatever you’ve cooked up.

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