“Drinking Around the World” at EPCOT is a bit of an unofficial phenomenon for the adult Disney-loving crowd. The traditional menus at dining locations all around the World Showcase allow you to explore authentic flavors from across the globe.
The first stop on your journey is the Mexico pavilion. As you probably guessed, the national drink of Mexico is tequila. The liquor is distilled from blue agave plant and originated in the area surrounding the city of Tequila in Jalisco. The easy choice to get your tequila fix is La Cava del Tequila, which sells tequila by the glass, bottle or in a unique specialty cocktail. Options include:
- The Wild One ($16): Mango passionfruit puree, spicy ancho chile liqueur, tequila, applejack and ginger cordial, and lime juice with a black ant salt rim
- Dragones Top Shelf ($22): Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila, La Favorita orange liqueur, agave nectar, and freshly squeezed lime juice with a black ant salt rim
- El Diablo ($15): Altos Reposado Tequila, muddled jalapenos and cucumbers, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar with a hibiscus salt rim
- El Negroni ($16): Oaxacan-style Mexican Negroni made with Gracias a Dios Gin, Ojo de Tigre mezcal, sweet vermouth, Aperol, applejack and coffee liqueur, and Ancho Reyes liqueur
- Pina Loca ($15): Ginger pineapple juice, ilegal mezcal, and Ancho Reyes liqueur with a black ant salt rim
- Blood Orlando ($15): Ambhar blanco tequila, melon liqueur, blood orange, and a hint of rum and vanilla with a Tajin chile-lime powder rim
- La Cava Avocado ($15): Trambo blanco tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, and lime juice with a hibiscus salt rim
La Cava del Tequila also offers tequila tastings, but if this isn’t your only stop for the day you might want to stick to a specialty beverage. You can also find tequila drinks at Choza de Margarita and La Cantina de San Angel.
Norway’s national beverage is called Aquavit. The spirit is derived from potatoes and grain. Its flavor comes from several herbs and spices added after the distilling process, primarily caraway.
When you get to the Norway pavilion, head to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall to try Aquavit. You can try a Linie Aquavit Glacier Shot ($11) or go for a cocktail called Fjellbekk ($12.25), which translates to “mountain stream.” The specialty drink is made with Aquavit, vodka, Sprite, and lime.
The national drink of China is a distilled spirit called Baiju. While there are no dining locations at EPCOT that serve the grain alcohol, there are some other specialty cocktails you can enjoy at Joy of Tea if you want to hit all 11 pavilions while drinking around the world at EPCOT
- Tipsy Ducks in Love ($12.50): Bourbon, coffee, black tea, cream, and chocolate syrup
- Kung Fu Punch ($10.50): Made with vodka and triple sec
- Mango Gingerita ($10.50): Made with vodka and light rum
- Canto Loopy ($10.50): Made with vodka and cantaloupe juice
The China pavilion is also a great place to take a break from the cocktails and opt for one of China’s most popular products: tea. You can get a traditional Chinese hot tea ($2.29) or iced peach oolong tea ($4.25) at Lotus Blossom Cafe. At Joy of Tea, you can choose from Jasmine tea ($3.50), oolong tea ($3.50), or bubble milk tea ($6.95). The bubble milk tea is made of peach-flavored sweetened black tea and tapioca pearls.
The national drink of Germany is Lager Beer. According to the Reinheitsgebot (beer purity law), the only three ingredients allowed in beer are water, barley, and hops. Because of the simplistic approach to brewing, Germans have mastered lager beer. Lagers can be found in pale, amber, or dark variations and are conditioned at low temperatures.
You can order Beck’s Pilsner at Biergarten Restaurant. The classic German lager is sold in 1/2 liter ($10.50) or liter ($16) glasses. If you’d like to try a variety of fine German brews, you can opt for the beer flight ($15). In addition to the pilsner, flights include samples of Warsteiner Dunkel, Konig Ludwig Weissbier, and Schofferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen.
Most people likely attribute wine to Italy as a prominent beverage, but Campari is also a very popular ingredient in Italian cocktails. The liqueur is an infusion of herbs, fruit, alcohol, and water. At EPCOT, you’ll find a couple of Campari cocktails on the menu at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, including:
- Campari & Soda ($12)
- Americano ($14): Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda with an orange twist
- Frizzante ($16): Campari, mandarin juice, and prosecco
- Red Passion ($13): Strawberry puree and prosecco
The United States declared Bourbon as the “National Spirit of America” in 1964. A couple different variations of American whiskey can be found all throughout the American Adventure. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($9.75) is served at Block & Hans. At Regal Eagle Smokehouse, you can order Tennessee Lemonade ($14), made with Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, Odwalla Lemonade, and peach flavors. Finally, Fife and Drum Tavern’s menu features a Frozen Red Stag Lemonade ($14) with Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon.
Japan’s national beverage is sake, a hot or cold drink made of fermented rice. Sake can be found at multiple locations in the Japan pavilion, including Kabuki Cafe and Katsura Grill. Choose from a house hot/cold sake ($7) or Nigori sake ($8.50), which is a flavorful unfiltered brew.
You can also go for a Ramune Japanese Soda ($3.29) from Kabuki Cafe if you’re not into sake but still want to include Japan in your “drinking around the world at EPCOT” adventure.
The Morocco Pavilion is a unique stop on the “drink around the world” journey. Spice Road Table serves up traditional beverages from several different countries along the Spice Road, including:
- Mahia – Morocco ($14.95): “Eau de Vie” clear brand distilled from Moroccan figs
- Quinta de la Rosa, Lot 61 Ruby – Portugal ($13.95): The classic Portuguese aperitif, served chilled
- Lillet – France ($13.95): Chilled drink with flavors of honey, orange, lime, and mint
- Ouzo – Greece ($13.95): Clear, silky liqueur with flavors of Anise, mint, and coriander. Can be served neat or with water
- Emilia Hidalgo Morenita – Spain ($13.95): Chilled beverage with sweet, nutty, and tangy flavors
There are many other specialty cocktails made with the flavors of the Spice Road in the Morocco pavilion. If you want to keep it traditional, the national drink of Morocco is mint tea. You’ll also find iced mint tea ($4.95) on the menu at Spice Road Table.
The national drink of France is called Kir, a mix of blackcurrant liqueur and white wine. The traditional French beverage is usually served as an aperitif, which is served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Kir can be made in numerous different variations. You’ll find EPCOT’s take on the cocktail at Les Vins des Chefs de France in the France pavilion. The Kir Royal ($16.50) is made with champagne and blackcurrant liqueur.
One of the most common beverages in the UK is called Black and Tan. The combination of pale and dark beer is a product of a long-standing British beer blending tradition. In Ireland, the name is considered disrespectful so many places in the United kingdom refer to the drink as a “Half and Half.”
At the Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom pavilion, you can choose from a variety of different pub blends. In addition to the traditional blend of Bass and Guinness beers ($10), you can try any of the following pub blends at Rose & Crown:
- Golden Imperial Pint ($10): Harp and Bass Ale
- Shandy Imperial Pint ($10): Sprite and Bass Ale
- Golden Fox Imperial Pint ($10): Boddingtons and Bass Ale
- Half & Half Imperial Pint ($10): Harp and Guinness
- Bumblebee Imperial Pint ($10): Boddingtons and Guinness
- Blacksmith Imperial Pint ($10): Smithwick’s and Guinness
- Cider & Blackcurrant Imperial Pint ($10): Cider and Blackcurrant Juice
- Snake Bite Imperial Pint ($10): Cider and Harp
- Black Velvet Imperial Pint ($10): Cider and Guinness
The United Kingdom Pavilion is also a great place to opt for a non-alcoholic beverage if you’re drinking around the world at EPCOT. You can also order a classic Twinings of London hot tea ($3.79) from Rose and Crown.
Canada’s national beverage is called The Caesar, a drink that is widely consumed all across the country. This cocktail is very similar to the traditional Bloody Mary. The Caesar is typically made with vodka, tomato juice, clam broth, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. It is served in a celery salt-rimmed glass with ice and garnished with a stalk of celery and a lime wedge.
At EPCOT, you can try the traditional beverage at Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion. The Le Cellier Lot 40 Bloody Caesar ($13) is made with Lot 40 Canadian rye whisky, clamato juice, Butterman’s Hellfire bitters, and a blend of seasonings.
A Taste of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
For a limited time, you can add another country to the list of destinations to visit while you’re drinking around the world at EPCOT. During “Taste of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival“, you can sample the national drink of Brazil.
The country’s signature beverage is called Caipirinha, made with a sugarcane hard liquor called Cachaca, sugar, and lime. At the Brazil Global Marketplace, you can order a frozen Caipirinha featuring Leblon Cachaca.
A Taste of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival takes place daily at the park through November 22.
If you’re taking a beverage tour of the World Showcase, it’s very important to make sure you’re drinking responsibly. Drink lots of water, especially on a hot day, and remember that the pavilions aren’t going anywhere! For national cuisine, check out this Foodie Guide to EPCOT’s World Showcase or hunt for chocolate treats from all around the world!