Epcot has often been called a “permanent World’s Fair,” as it showcases innovation and world culture. With 11 “countries” to visit, it was only a matter of time before “drinking around the world” caught on.
The Epcot visit within the Epcot visit, enjoying a national drink while exploring each country is both a fun challenge and an interesting new way to experience the park. Here are our insider tips to help make your adult beverage journey “around the world” a spirited success.
We suggest traveling counterclockwise through the World Showcase, making stops at:
Start strong by ordering a La Fin du Monde (French for “the end of the world”) at the welcoming beverage cart here. The robust and tasty Abbey Tripel is almost universally highly rated, and has the kick to fortify you for your adventure. This is the good stuff.
Next, enjoy a hearty lunch at the Rose & Crown Dining Room at noon, right when it opens. Enjoy shepherd’s pie or bangers and mash with a Boddingtons English Pub Ale or a Guinness Stout. The restaurant also serves Scotch flights, Scotch whisky shots, pub blends, wines and specialty cocktails.
Bonjour! You’re in France, so of course there are ample wine-by-the-glass options, but why not opt for one of the park’s more unique creations? Try the orange slushy combining Grand Marnier, rum, and Grey Goose vodka. Or even an ice cream martini to stay cool on a warm day.
Walk through the keyhole-shaped doorway and find yourself at Spice Road Table, right on the waterfront. You’re drinking sangria here, which is certified organic, and comes in red, white or sparkling varieties.
Go to the very back of the Mitsukoshi Department Store to be served a sake flight, either hot or cold. The Kabuki Café outdoor stand along the promenade also sells sake, as well as Kirin Ichiban and Sapporo beers. Want to try something different? Try a frozen Kirin or a frozen sake mist drink.
The American Adventure
Try a hard root beer float or a frozen Red Stag lemonade — complete with bourbon — from the Fife and Drum Tavern, an outdoor stand along the promenade. Or order a craft beer at Block & Hans, an outdoor bar stand nearby. Choices include Cigar City Lager from Tampa, Florida; Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder, Colorado; and McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider from West Seneca, New York.
Try Italian sangria made with fresh fruit and Italian red wine at the gelato kiosk outside along the promenade, or choose one of the Italian beers. The La Bottega shop offers wine flights as well.
Stop to have dinner in Germany, at the appropriately named Biergarten. Try a foamy half-liter of German beer — or a flight of four different beers — to wash down the sauerbraten and schnitzel from the buffet.
Pick up a green tea plum slush, made with plum wine, or simply the wine by itself at the Joy of Tea outdoor stand, which has a variety of other specialty cocktails.
After dinner, go to the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe and make your choice. You can drink like a Viking and try a Linie Aquavit Glacier shot. This Scandinavian potato-based liqueur has a licorice flavor and is known for crossing the equator — the “linie” — twice during its aging process. The shot is an icy blast that some describe as liquid fire. For a more soothing but less authentic choice, try Viking coffee, which is made with Baileys Irish Cream and Kamora Coffee Lequeur.
Sidestep Donald Duck’s antics and end up in the Cava del Tequila. It’s a hole-in-the-wall tequila bar inside the pyramid, beside the San Angel Inn restaurant. The tiny spot seats just 35 people. Food choices are, well, just chips and dips like guacamole or melty cheese. There are, however, many dozens of tequila drinks, including one of the best margaritas around, the Dragones Top Shelf. It’s smooth and tasty, with Grand Marnier, organic agave nectar and a generous amount of Case Dragones blanco tequila.
Once you complete the journey, you’ll be a member of the (unofficial) Epcot Drink Around the World Club!