Ooh La La (A Mojito-Inspired Craft Cocktail)

November 18, 2019 (Last Updated: July 1, 2020)
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Ooh La La is a Disney Cruise Line craft cocktail that is easy enough to make yourself! Cuban mojitos with a French flair, these Elderflower-infused libations are refreshing and light with a burst of lime and mint flavor in every sip.

Disney's Ooh La la Cocktails surrounded by ingredients like fresh mint, limes, and various bottles of liquor

I recently participated in a mojito tasting aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship where we not only learned how to make traditional and flavored mojitos, but also sampled drinks including typical mojito ingredients. One of the cocktails we tried is featured on the cruise ship’s Skyline Lounge drink menu. Cocktails here are devoted to a variety of world cities whose images make up the illuminated decor in the intimate lounge.

Photo of the Skyline Lounge electronic menu showing the Ooh La La cocktail

A cocktail by the name of Ooh La La is found on the Paris menu, and is a play on a traditional mojito. The inclusion of a French liqueur is likely the only reason this drink would be representing Paris as opposed to Havana, but regardless of its roots it’s a delicious adult beverage I was anxious to recreate. Luckily the bartender at Skyline Lounge provided me with more details and suggestions on measurements for my DIY cocktail.

Cocktail glass with opaque white drink and cherry garnish

It took a couple tries, but I finally got the proportions right. Unlike a mojito which is served on the rocks, the Ooh La La is shaken and then strained into a cocktail glass. In addition to the standard lime, mint, rum, and seltzer water, the real French element here is the St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. St. Germain is one of my favorite cocktail ingredients. I almost always order any craft cocktail that features it.

Overhead view of 2 cocktail glasses with drinks, and a variety of ingredients lined up

St. Germain is produced in an artisanal manner with elderflowers hand-picked in the hillsides of the French Alps during a four-to-six week period in late spring. The flowers are then bicycled (how French!) to where they are macerated and processed into liqueur using a secret method. The bottles are individually numbered reflecting the year in which the flowers were picked. The result is a beautifully floral (yet not medicinal or soapy) essence with hints of fruit. It’s the magic ingredient in some of my favorite cocktails, and in my opinion worth the hefty price tag.

Sourcing the garnish for my Ooh La La was a bit more expensive and challenging than I anticipated. On the ship they use Filthy brand black cherries. They are rather pricey to purchase online for a small-ish jar, and although I finally tracked down a few bottles at a local liquor store (after visiting and calling half a dozen), I actually opted to try a different brand called Luxardo. Both brands have similar ingredients, but they use slightly different varieties of Italian cherries.

Ooh La La cocktail in a martini glass with ingredients lined up in the background

Filthy brand almost tastes like fruit roll ups or chewy fruit snacks, and uses Italian Amarena cherries. Luxardo tastes more like exceptionally good maraschino cherries, and uses Italian Marasca cherries. They are slightly different, but both great, and both use natural ingredients ie no high fructose corn syrup or artificial food dye (like another brand I considered). I found the Luxardo to be a better deal for the size of the jar, so I gave it a try with no regrets.

2 martini glasses with a pale opaque drink inside

The recipe below yields an accurate version of the cocktail served on the Disney Fantasy. You can certainly add a little cherry syrup with the cherries (see photo below). It will add flavor and color although the cocktails served on the ship are a very pale blush, not particularly pink. I made it both ways during my experiments, adding a bit of the syrup in the second batch to compare. Although the color is different, the flavor is great, and they are technically pretty in pink 🙂

Pretty in pink! Above is the result with a touch of cherry syrup added.
Ooh La La cocktail

Ooh La La

Victoria
Ooh La La is a Disney Cruise Line craft cocktail that is easy enough to make yourself! Cuban mojitos with a French flair, these Elderflower-infused libations are refreshing and light with a burst of lime and mint flavor in every sip.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cuban, French
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 289 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 to 3 black cherries in syrup (Filthy or Luxardo brands are both good)
  • 3 lime wedges (from a lime cut into 8 wedges)
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 ounces Bacardi white rum
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Cold seltzer water to top off

Instructions
 

  • Place cherry garnish into cocktail glass.
  • Muddle together the lime wedges and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add Bacardi, St. Germain, ice, and shake well.
  • Strain through a small fine mesh sieve into the cocktail glass to remove lime pulp and bits of mint leaves. If there is any cherry syrup settled in the bottom of the glass, give it a little stir to dissolve. Top off with seltzer water. Serve immediately.

Notes & Nutrition

My cocktail glasses have a 7 1/2 ounce capacity. If yours are much larger you may need to adjust the ingredient amounts to get the proper ratios.
Look for Filthy or Luxardo cherries to garnish these cocktails.
Servings 1.0 * calories 289 * Total Fat 0 g * Saturated Fat 0 g * Monounsaturated Fat 0 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 0 mg * Sodium 29 mg * Potassium 22 mg * Total Carbohydrate 42 g * Dietary Fiber 1 g * Sugars 29 g * Protein 1 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

1 Comment

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    Camille
    January 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    5 stars
    I always need a good drink recipe and this looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it!

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