Westgate Resorts on Oct. 6 announced the opening of Southern Comfort restaurant at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa in Gatlinburg, TN. The first restaurant to open in partnership with the iconic whiskey brand, Southern Comfort showcases popular dishes from the South, including low-country, soul food, creole, Cajun and authentic southern home-style cooking.
Southern Comfort also offers an expansive drink menu, featuring signature cocktails such as the Bold Fashioned, made with Southern Comfort and Peychaud’s bitters and poured over a whisky ball. Other specialty sips include the Georgia Peach, made with fresh Georgia peach puree spiked with peach vodka, Frangelico liqueur and cream, and Alabama Apples, with Firefly Apple Moonshine, Southern Comfort Whiskey and cranberry juice served on the rocks, garnished with mint and stewed cinnamon apples on a skewer. Cocktail prices range from $9 to $14.
Founded in 1982 by David Siegel, Orlando, FL-based Westgate Resorts operates seven Orlando hotel resorts and 24 themed destination resorts nationwide. Southern Comfort Whiskey, created by bartender M.W. Heron in 1874, is one of the world’s largest whiskey brands with sales in more than 100 countries. Southern Comfort has been owned by the Sazerac Co. of New Orleans since 2016.