What would you consider to be the absolute best beverage in the entire world? That may be a difficult question to answer, especially if you haven’t had the chance to travel far and wide across continents trying out every sort of libation there is along the way. But thankfully, there’s EPCOT’s World Showcase here to provide the cultured expertise you seek. The next best thing to internationally traveling to 11 different countries in a single day, as you tour each and every nationally represented Pavilion it’s like an instant transport into other cultures, getting to experience firsthand all the authenticity of the different dining and drinking scenes to be had in these varying countries. And it’s that drinking scene we’re focusing on here with this ultimate guide to drinking your way around EPCOT’s World Showcase.
12. Mexico Pavilion
Start your libation-laden quest around the World Showcase by heading first to EPCOT’s one and only Mexico Pavilion. Because tequila is at the heart of many of Mexico’s most authentic refreshers, this is your ultimate do-to venture for finding myriad margaritas of all kinds.
If you’re on the go, you may want to head to Choza de Margarita—the outdoor margarita and snack bar. Here you can delight in various margaritas served on the rocks as well as indulgent icy frozen margarita blends. One of their most popular suggestions for the latter is the Fiesta—a frosty layered combination of their Classic Lime, Wild Strawberry, and Mango Loco.
Another excellent suggestion is to head straight into the iconic pyramid and directly for La Cava del Tequila. Here they boast a bounty of delightful beverages including one contested concoction that’s often the first one people talk about—La Cava Avocado. Better known as the Avocado Margarita, this tantalizing take blends together tequila, melon liqueur, lime juice, and fresh avocado, of course. It comes to you served up with a hibiscus salt rim.
While the Avocado Margarita is one of the most popular suggestions, there is also an awesome secret margarita to take note of, which cannot be found on the menu. It’s that elusive Alebrile Margarita, and it comes served up as a fusion of tequila, passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, and smokey mixed berry bubble.
11. Norway Pavilion
Right next door to Mexico, you’ll come to the Norway Pavilion. And while the very notable Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is far more famous for its sweet treats and baked goods, they do have a fair amount of specialty beverage selections you may choose from as well. In keeping with true Norwegian fashion, one of their more authentic offerings is the Nordic Draft Beer, which comes as an Aass Pilsner, Einstök White Ale, or Einstök Toasted Porter.
Another delicious, albeit not very authentic offering that’s especially popular with coffee consumers is their Viking Coffee specialty. A combination blend of Baileys Irish Cream with Kamora Coffee Liqueur, you may order your Viking Coffee served hot or frozen. If you choose to have yours frozen, not only is it an excellent companion for a sunny Florida day, but it also gets a garnishment of coffee-chocolate sauce and coffee-chocolate crunch to boot.
10. China Pavilion
Sure, you can enjoy a drink as you dine at one of the eating establishments within EPCOT’s China Pavilion, but the renowned outdoor kiosk Joy of Tea is without a doubt the ultimate go-to for specialty drinks of all kinds. It’s also a great place to find virgin specialties like bubble tea and hot and cold concoctions alike. For more spirited inclusions, they offer up unique bottled beer, the Dragon Blossom draft, and several cocktail specialties to take note of. But one of the most popularly raved about cocktails featured on the menu here is Tipsy Ducks in Love, which is a bourbon blend with black tea, coffee, chocolate, and cream. Another is their notable Mango Gingerita—a fusion of vodka and light rum. The Honey Hibiscus Hard Iced Tea is a delightful concoction of organic tea, light rum, honey, and chewy blueberry boba. Then there’s the Kung Fu Punch, which really packs a punch with its inclusion of vodka, triple sec, mango, and orange juice. And if you’re feeling “loopy” go ahead and try their Canto Loopy—a unique marriage of vodka and refreshing cantaloupe.
9. The Refreshment Outpost
Located directly between EPCOT’s China and Germany Pavilions is this little section, which eludes an African-inspired feel, as it was once a considered spot for a representative Equatorial Africa Pavilion. And while those plans never came to fruition, the site still boasts plenty of unique features, including another awesome drinking spot. We’re referring to that fabled Refreshment Outpost—a great place for snacks and even draft beers. It’s also known for two very notable specialty concoctions you simply have to try.
Our first recommendation is the mouthwatering Mango Starr, which fuses together the goodness of mango puree with Starr African Rum. Our other suggested sip is their exclusive Outpost Lemonade—a delightful blend of lemonade and Absolut Vodka.
8. Germany Pavilion
Of all the libations the nation is known for, beer is perhaps the most popular choice when in Germany. Therefore, it only seems fitting to offer up our leading beer recommendations at the Germany Pavilion. Your noted stop will be at the quick service pick Sommerfest. Here you’ll find many different selections, including Beck’s Pilsner and Warsteiner Dunkel, which you can even have served up in a souvenir stein. But one of the best beverages by far has to be their Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen. Served up as a 20-oz. draft, here you have just the right notes in flavor for bitterness blended together with grapefruit accents and spicy hints. Another recommendation for those looking for a gluten-free beer is the Redbridge Lager, which comes in a 12-oz. bottle.
7. Italy Pavilion
Just as the Germany Pavilion is our designated EPCOT go-to for beer, the Italy Pavilion is our ultimate wine recommendation. And for the ultimate wine flight, you really should check out the intimate ambiance of the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. Not only will you be dining in a quaint and cozy wine cellar-like atmosphere, enjoying lite bites galore, but you can pick and choose your sips from more than 200 wines straight from Italy. Their offered Wine Flights are pretty popular, to say the least, and include the following packages: Under a Tuscan Sun, From the Hills of Piemonte, and Crisp Italian Whites. All come at a price of $17 and feature three famed offerings.
For those who are busy making their rounds, looking to enjoy a delightful Italian drink on the go, we suggest taking note of that very appealing Donkey Cart right outside of Via Napoli. It’s here that you will find an impressive array of options, including but not limited to just wines. Among the many cocktails to take joy in are several that incorporate that authentically Italian limoncello liqueur. These include the Limoncello Cocktail, Limoncello Mule, and simply Limoncello, which comes as limoncello liqueur with fresh, raspberries.
On another note, Italy’s favored ice cream stop, Gelateria Toscana, isn’t only about ice cream. Here they too proudly serve up beer, wine, and signature concoctions like their Frozen Red Sangria along with their Frozen White. But in getting back to limoncello authenticity, perhaps you may want to order the Italian Margarita, which combines the very best of aforesaid limoncello with tequila.
6. The American Adventure Pavilion
Americans like their booze too, after all. And over in the American Adventure Pavilion, you’ll find a variety of featured must-try hits. First, head to the Fife & Drum Tavern where you’ll find a variety of Americana beer classics, like their Bud Light Lager Draft, Samuel Adams Seasonal, and Yuengling. The Blue Moon Belgian White Ale is the preferred drink for many, but another popular pick by far is the Frozen Red Stag Lemonade. This concoction includes the obvious frozen lemonade mixed together with Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon.
Block & Hans is the Pavilion’s go-to for the finest ales, with an ensemble that includes Kentucky Bourbon Barrel, Orlando Brewing Blonde, Golden Road Brewing Mango Cart Wheat, and 3 Daughters Brewing Beach Blonde. Their Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is also popular, and the Beer Flight they offer is pretty nice too. But it’s perhaps their unique Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Cider that gets our highest recommendation.
Not to be outdone in well-loved libations is Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue. And while they have plenty of enticing concoctions featured on the menu, our top recommendation here has to be their Tennessee Lemonade. For this specialty cocktail they combine Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with lemonade and peach to create a delightfully refreshing thirst quencher with a kick.
5. Japan Pavilion
When you think about the traditional Japanese drink of choice, sake most likely comes to mind first and foremost. And if you’re seeking sake at EPCOT’s Japan Pavilion, our number one recommendation is Kabuki Café. Here they feature authentic Nigori Sake, along with options to have sake served either hot or cold. You can even have sake in a delightful shaved ice concoction. Katsura Grill also shares many of these same sake offerings along with other beverages, some of which are too offered at Kabuki. These include Plum Wine, Kirin and Sapporo Drafts, and others. Katsura Grill is also known for various Japanese Cocktails and Asahi Super Dry Draft Beer.
4. Morocco Pavilion
As you head on over to the Morocco Pavilion, you may be wondering what sips to take. And that’s why heading to the Oasis Sweets and Sips juice bar is an optimal choice. Not only do they make up novelty goodies, but they also deliver on some delightful libations, including Mediterranean beer. Specialty drinks here include a Frozen Mint Tea, with Bombay Sapphire Gin, various sangrias, a Strawberry Daiquiri with rum, a Blood Orange Mimosa, and their Frozen Citrus Pomegranate Slushy with Absolut Mandarin Vodka.
The Spice Road Table also boasts its fair share of beverage bounties. And they are one of several places where you can currently get the Magical Beacon Cocktail at Disney World right now. It’s a savory compilation of Empress 1908 Gin, Bols Blue Curaçao, lemonade, orgeat (almond), lemon, and hibiscus grenadine, served with a souvenir glow cube. Another recommendation more in line with the Morocco Pavilion is the Medina Mixer, which comes as a blend of Starr African Rum, Van der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, and cranberry juice. The Sahara Spritz is also popular as a blend of Ketel One Botanical Cucumber, mint vodka, lime, and carbonated water.
3. France Pavilion
While we deemed Italy as our choice for where to wine when in EPCOT, France is a notable second. But we’re crediting it with our favored choice for Champagne. And while you’ll find the coveted drink at many locations here, including shops and table service restaurants, we feel Les Vins de Chefs de France should be the place to stop in at. And yes, they have a massive selection of French wines too. But for something new and exciting, we’re recommending you check out their spirited slushes. A tangy favorite simply known as Orange blends together Grand Marnier with rum, Grey Goose Orange, and refreshing orange juice. For more tartness, you might want to try the Citron—a combination of Grey Goose Citron with vodka and lemonade. Or perhaps the Le Geant Slush is more to your liking, with its customizable mix of either a Grand Marnier or Grey Goose Citron shot.
Another famous frozen treat for adults can be found at L’Artisan Des Glaces. It’s their one and only Ice Cream Martini, consisting of two scoops of the creamy good stuff with a shot of Grand Marnier and either whipped cream vodka or rum.
2. United Kingdom Pavilion
Over at the United Kingdom Pavilion, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room. And it’s here you can get all the usual classics, like whiskey, ale, cider, and Guinness, of course. But if you’re looking for some unique specialty items, we have four suggestions. First there’s the Leaping Leprechaun, which does up Jameson Irish Whiskey with Don Q Cristal Rum, Svedka Vodka, Melon Liqueur, and Sweet-and-Sour topped with Sprite. Their Cider and Fireball feature is another recommendation, delivered as Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and Strongbow Cider topped with ginger ale. And we can’t forget about the Welsh Dragon, which brings together Peach Schnapps, Melon Liqueur, Crème de Menthe, Orange Juice, and Pineapple Juice.
1. Canada Pavilion
You’ve come to the last bit of your drink tour around the world. But you may need another thirst quencher to send you on your way. Fortunately, we have two satisfying suggestions awaiting you in the Canada Pavilion. What’s more, they’re pretty easy to come by. Just head for that noted Popcorn in Canada kiosk and you will find them both. The first is the Moosehead Draft—a more conventional, less creative option if we are to be honest, even when it’s served in a souvenir stein. That’s why our more unique recommendation is none other than the Ottawa Apple. A little reminiscent of autumn in the north, this enticing blended concoction incorporates the goodness of maple flavor, apple, and cranberry juice with Crown Royal Whisky.
We’ve only scraped the surface in profiling all the bountiful beverage offerings to be enjoyed throughout EPCOT’s World Showcase, and by extension, EPCOT. And then let’s not forget about those options awaiting you in other Disney Parks as well as at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and within Disney Springs. Because menus are always changing, it’s best to keep current with all the latest special offerings. It’s also important to take note of seasonal events and happenings in EPCOT, like the International Flower & Garden Festival, the International Festival of Arts, and the famed International Food & Wine Festival. These events and others always result in the introduction of new, temporal enticements in addition to usual Park staples. So, raise a glass and toast to Disney and all the magical sips to be enjoyed, both presently as well as those still to come.