Drink Around the World: The Best Beverages at Disney’s Epcot
If you adore Disney, like to get your drink on, and love a challenge, we have a trip for you! Head to Epcot at Walt Disney World and spend the day sipping your way through all the World Showcase Pavilions. Each locale represented — from Norway to Canada and beyond — offers up unique alcoholic beverages direct from its home country. Some are traditional, while others have more of a Floridian twist. To whet your appetite for wetting your whistle, we’ve suggested drinks for each of these mini lands. And since keeping food in your belly is important while imbibing, we’ve also made suggestions of what to nibble on while you galavant around the world. You’re welcome! (Photo via Walt Disney World and Sunny Chanel)
We've got a pro tip to kick things off. Before heading to drink "around the world," you should consider having your crew wear matching t-shirts. Not only will you be able to keep tabs on everyone, but you can opt to sport inspirational messages, such as “This time we won’t black out in China.” Another pro tip: Don't black out in China. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Have a coffee in Norway. Ensure you'll stay awake during the cocktail-fueled tour by starting with a Viking Coffee, a mixture of Baileys Irish Cream and Kamora Coffee Liqueur available at the Kringla Bakeri Og Café. It's a seriously delicious way to start the day. If you want to go with something a bit more "authentic," they also serve shots of Linie Aquavit, a vodka-like liquor flavored with caraway and an array of spices like dill, anise, fennel, coriander, and cardamom. To Snack On: Feast on School Bread, a sweet bread roll that’s filled with vanilla custard, covered with sweet icing, and sprinkled with toasted coconut. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Down a margarita in Mexico Pavilion. When in Mexico, you’ve gotta indulge in one of their specialty margaritas; the frozen ones are WAY refreshing on those hot Orlando days and nights. You can visit Choza de Margarita to order up one of their grapefruit, lime/cucumber, or guava pink peppercorn margaritas. Or if you’d like some shade along with your drink, you can head inside the huge Mexican pyramid and visit La Cava del Tequila for one of their top-shelf concoctions, like a legendary avocado margarita, or — if you’re feeling feisty — a jalapeno margarita. To Snack On: If you’re at La Cava del Tequila, order their sinfully gooey Queso Blanco and Chips. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Sip on a beer in Germany Pavilion. Germans love their beer, so really it should come as no surprise that hoppy beverages are front and center in the alcoholic offerings there. Mugs of frothy beers — such as the popular Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen — are poured by lederhosen-wearing staff. If you’re looking for a bigger beer, you can dine at their traditional Biergarten Restaurant and order a HUGE one (a full liter served in a comically large mug) while diving into their buffet and enjoying the sweet sweet oompah sounds of the live band. To Snack On: Wash down one of their epically large pretzels as you partake in the national pastime. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Sake it up in Japan. The most popular thing to drink in Japan is, of course, sake. At Epcot you can indulge in hot sake, cold sake, spicy mango sake, and nigori (unfiltered) sake, or if you can’t decide, you can get a sake flight. While sake might be the national drink of Japan, there are other options too, such as the popular Tokyo Sunset, a cocktail mixed with coconut rum, banana liqueur, peach schnapps, and pineapple juice — although it’s not so traditional, it is delicious. To Snack On: Sushi is available at the Kabuki Café, Tokyo Dining, and Katsura Grill, and really, it goes so, so well with sake. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Beat the heat with a Buddha Beer in the China Pavilion. We’re not gonna lie: One reason we love Buddha Beer is the whimsical green Buddha-shaped bottle it comes in. If you’d prefer something a bit fruitier, then you should consider the very drinkable Canto Loopy (cantaloupe juice spiked with vodka), or perhaps the Green Tea Plum Slush, both available at the Joy of Tea. To Snack On: There are various dim-sum-style appetizers available, such as pork buns, egg rolls, and potstickers. YUM. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Make a hard decision in the France Pavilion. When in France, you’ll be faced with a tough decision between the sweet and sultry Grand Marnier Orange Slush or a bubbly flute of French Champagne. Yeah, life can be tough. The Grand Marnier Orange Slush, available at the Les Vins des Chefs de France, is a blend of Grand Marnier, rum, Grey Goose orange vodka, and orange juice. And the Champagne... well, it’s Champagne and always delicious. To Snack On: Macarons! Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie sells a wide variety of delicate (and oh so delish) macarons — raspberry, chocolate, passion fruit, strawberry, and many more flavors — which are a seriously perfect side dish to anything, but especially Champagne. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Spice it up in Morocco Pavilion. For a something that’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and very satisfying, try the Spice Road Signature Sangria at Spice Road Table. It’s a fantastic blend that’s served over ice (perfect for the heat). To Snack On: While you're at the Spice Road Table, order up some of their small plates, such as rice-stuffed grape leaves or a hearty hummus plate. (Photo via the Morocco Pavilion)
Drink at home in the American Adventure Pavilion. If you start to feel nostalgic on your journey around the world, you can get a taste of home by visiting the America Pavilion — assuming your home tastes like bourbon and beer, that is. Besides a few local brews, the thing to order at the Fife and Drum Tavern is the Jim Beam Red Stag Lemonade (spiked with black cherry-flavored Jim Beam). To Snack On: Sure, you had a pretzel when you were in Germany, but there’s no such thing as too many pretzels... especially when they’re stuffed with cream cheese or shaped like Mickey. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Raise a pint in the UK Pavilion. Right in the middle of Epcot is a faithful reproduction of a classic English pub, complete with native pours (and a few Irish ones to boot). Along with pints of Boddingtons English Pub Ale, Bass Ale, Guinness Stout, Harp Lager, and Strongbow Cider, the Rose and Crown also serves up pub blends such as a Snake Bite, a Black Velvet, and something called the Golden Fox Imperial Pint (a mixture of Boddingtons and Bass Ale). To Snack On: What goes better with a British beer than fish and chips? Nothing! (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Visit with some vino in Italy Pavilion. The Italians know how to live life right: great food and glorious wines. To embrace la dolce vita, hang out in the Enoteca Wine Shop, where you can sample a variety of tasty Italian wines served by the very knowledgeable Italian staff. If you’d like to sit for a bit and nosh on some antipasti, head to the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, where they have not just loads of wine but an array of tasty snacks. To Snack On: One word: GELATO. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
Call it a day at the Canada Pavilion. Generally, Canada is the final stop on the world tour, since it's the last in the circle. Perhaps due to this fact (and some guests may be a wee bit tispy), there are fewer drinks to imbibe, and most of the options are beer. At the popcorn cart you can choose between popular Canadian brews such as Labatt Blue, Moosehead, La Fin Du Monde, and St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout and Apricot Wheat. Our vote is for the highly rated La Fin Du Monde, a Tripel style beer. To Snack On: To accompany your pint, get a bucket of aromatic Maple Popcorn to soak up alllll those drinks. (Photo via Sunny Chanel)
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Sunny Chanel is a freelance writer as well as the founder of the whimsical site Wonder and Company. When this proud San Franciscan isn't writing, working on her fixer-upper or doing crafts, she is playing dress up with daughter and planning her next trip to Disneyland.