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***Check out our Newly Designed Epcot page here.***

Epcot has the largest variety of drinks available on Disney property. From a Limoncello in Italy to a fine French wine to aged Mexican tequila to scotch on the rocks in the UK, there's something here to satisfy everyone.

Check out the Fun & Games section for our unique points-based Drink Around The World game.

Are the drink stands & bars open during Extra Magic Hours? Yes! They do begin closing up shop around an hour or so before close.

Looking for information on the World Showcase Wine Walk? Looking for a drink after 9pm?

2011 Food & Wine Reviews here.


Following posts are in alphabetical order.

*There are now 2 full-service bars in Epcot (UK & Italy). Pour Quality will also apply to mixed slushes, margaritas, etc. Prices as of 6/2012. Selections & prices subject to change.


Wednesday
Mar242010

Japan - Sake Bar


The Sake bar is located at the back of the Mitsukoshi store and is really something special.  The Japanese culture alone is worth a stop. The preparation to pour a drink is about a minute and a half of cleaning and careful placement of items.

Sake

Wakatake (dry sake) - $6
Has a savory aroma as well as aroma of wild fruits.

Tenryo Koshu (vintage sake) - $7
Aged in celler to develop a profound and refined taste. A soft, slightly tannic entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity flavor.

Yuzu (flavored sake) - $5
Packed with tanginess and a pleasant sweetness, this blend of junmai sake and yuzu citrus juice will uplift your spirits.

Aperitif Sake

Hana Awaka (sparkling sake) - $4
Its refreshing sake brings your taste buds alive with a cheerful balance of bursting sweetness.

Kairakuen (plum wine) - $5
Its authentic Japanese plum liqueur made from the finest Japanese green plums, shochu, and pure mountain water.

Shirakawa Go (unfiltered sake) - $6
Its milky-white sake produces a unique sensation when it passes through palate and throat.

Traditional Sake

Miyasaka (mild sake) - $4
Its charming with it faint taste of wild plum...It is smooth and gentle, with sweetness and acidity in finely etched balance.

Kurosawa (medium dry sake) - $6
Well-balanced between creaminess and food-friendly acidity. Medium-bodied and finishes with a nice smoothness on the plate.

Izumi Judan (extra dry sake) - $6
Extra dry sake that keeps it's distinct dry gin-like characteristics even through a gentle heating...Delicious and well crafted.

Himezen (sweet sake) - $10
Sweetness and bitterness are very balanced by a slight aroma and citrus flavor.

They also do a "Sake of the Month" and special sake cocktails that change on a regular basis.

(By the way, these 'unique' sake descriptions came straight off of their menu)

Food 
Where to begin . . . Let's just agree you will not find more outrageous snack foods anywhere else - well, besides Japan. You'll find tons of individually packaged snack items ranging from pretty tame stuff, like wasabi peas, shrimp crackers and dried soy beans, but you'll also find some things that don't look quite so pedestrian, like dried squid, tiny whole fish, and tiny marsh crabs that are meant to be eaten in one bite. The Japanese claim the squid, which is dried and shredded with a similar consistency to shredded beef jerky, is an "essential" component to a night of drinking beer. The snacks range from about $3 - $6 and I'm sure you'll agree that your vacation just isn't complete without having tried something strange from the Mitsukoshi store.

Atmosphere
 
This is our favorite pavillion for interesting shopping. It's easy to get immersed into the culture as you wander through the chain of stores.

Review
 
The plum wine is always a favorite - if you partake, make sure you eat the plum! Good plum wine is pretty sweet, but not like sucking on a lollipop, and it's nicely balanced by a bright acidity. You'll find a huge selection of sake bottles to purchase and a good variety served at the sake bar. This is an excellent sake experience for the sake virgin or the sake, um, well, whatever the opposite of virgin would be, I guess. The plastic cup that used to be included for free will now run you two bucks. If you do buy one, they'll write your name in Japanese on the bottom for you.



Muscat Cocktail - Here's an interesting drink that was one of their specials. This cocktail consists of a medium-dry sake mixed with a grape soda - that actually has whole grapes in it! Now that makes for a unique presentation! If this is available when you stop by we recommend it for something different.












Wednesday
Mar242010

Japan - Teppan Edo & Tokyo Dining


Both restaurants are located on the second floor of the Mitsukoshi store. Teppan Edo is Teppan'yaki style dining, where you'll be seated grill-side with a chef that cooks and performs tricks right at your table. Tokyo Dining is a typical full-service restaurant.

Premium Sake

Kikusui
Junmai Daiginjyo
- Glass $19 |  Bottle $95
From Niigata prefecture, smooth elegant flavor and clean finish.

Kaiun "Better Fortune"
Junmai Ginjyo
- Glass $11  |  Bottle $25
Brewed in Shizoka prefecture, a balanced yet complex sake.

Jun Tenzan
Junmai
- Glass $9  |  Bottle $19
Brewed from the waters of Mt. Tenzan in the Saga prefecture, fragrant and rich flavor.

Sake Sampler - $17.50
Kikusui - Kaiun - Jun Tenzen


Specialty Sake


Nigori Genshu
- $11
Nigori or "cloudy" sake, very sweet and flavorable, hints of cream and vanilla.

Zipang - $14
Gekkeikan's very own Sparkling Sake, refreshing and slightly sweet.


Traditional Sake

Cold Sake Ozeki Dry - $6
Hot Sake Ozeki - small $7.50  |  large $9.50


Sake Cocktails - $9

Cherry Blossom Martini - Sake, plum wine, cranberry juice and soda.

Sake-Rita - Sake, Grand Marnier, orange curacao and lime juice.

Green Tea Martini
- Honey infused Matcha green tea, shochu green tea vodka.

Fuji Apple Martini - Ginger apple vodka, triple sec, apple juice and sour mix.

Mandarin Orange Martini - Mandarin orange vodka, orange juice and sour mix.


Traditional Shochu with water. Shochu
Shochu is Japan's other native alcoholic beverage. We feature lichiko shochu, created from natural barley. Many compare the flavor to a vodka or other clear spirit, with a clean fresh finish.

Shochu (on the rocks) - $9.50
Lichiko shochu served on the rocks or blended with hot water the traditional Japanese way.

Bloody Mari - $8
Shochu, tomato juice, lemon and spices.

Tokyo Dome - $8
Shochu, apple juice, lemon juice and Sprite.

Chu Hi - $8
A common Japanese way to enjoy. Shochu, soda, choice of fresh squeezed orange or lemon juice.


Specialty Drinks - $9

Tokyo Sunset - Coconut rum, creme de banana, peach schnapps and pineapple juice.

Samurai - Vodka, plum wine and lime juice

Mt. Fuji
- Cuervo Gold tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice and lime juice.

Green Mist - Melon liqueur, triple sec and sour mix.

Yokahama Sunrise - Coconut rum, white rum, orange juice, lime juice and grenadine.


Beer
Kirin Ichiban Draft - Medium $5.75  |  Large $7.50
Kirin Light Bottle - $6
Frozen Kirin - $8

Wine

A selection of red and white wines available ranging from $5.25 to $9.75 a glass. Also available by bottle.

 

Whether or not you dine here, make sure you don't miss the best store in Epcot:

The first floor of the building houses the Mitsukoshi store. A must-stop for browsing all the unique products for sale, everything from trendy Japanese toys to glassware to clothing to special foods. Read our review of one of their unique snack foods - dried squid!

 
 

Friday
Oct012010

La Hacienda and La Cantina

 

©DisneyLa Cantina counter service restaurant has an attached full-service restaurant during the dinner hours called La Hacienda. La Cantina is the counter service restaurant with outdoor and some indoor seating until about 2:30pm, open for lunch through dinner. La Hacienda is only open for dinner, starting around 5pm.

Drinks at La Cantina (counter-service)

Patron Cranberry Margarita on the Rocks - $14.50

Lime Margarita on the Rocks - $9.50

Pomegranate Lime Frozen Mojito - $11.50

Mango or Lime Frozen Margarita - $9.50

Pomegranate Liqueur Floater - $1.75

Draft Beer
Dos Equis Lager - $8
Modelo Especial - $8

Also some interesting sodas here:
Jarritos - $3.50 - Traditional Mexican soda, pineapple, mango or fruit punch flavors
Sidral - $3.50 - Mexican apple flavored soda

Updated 8/2014


Drinks at La Hacienda (full-service dining)

Hand-Crafted Premium Margaritas

Mango Blueberry Basil - $13.50
Exotico 100% agave premium silver tequila, coconut rum, orange juice, mango puree, blueberries, basil, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder salt rim.

Classic - $12.50
Exotico 100% agave premium silver tequila, orange liqueur, lime mix, served on the rocks with a salt rim.

Rosita - $13.50
Exotico 100% agave premium silver tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice and rose infusions, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

Lime Raspberry - $13
Rancho Alegre 100% agave premium reposado tequila, orange liqueur, raspberry puree, fresh lime juice, agave nectar syrup, served on the rocks.

Orange Mango Fire - $13
Exotico 100% agave premium silver tequila, ginger liqueur, orange juice, mango puree, fresh lime juice, a hint of Tabasco sauce, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.

Avocado - $14
Exotico 100% agave premium silver tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayn salt rim.

Tequila
Assorted Blanco, Reposado and Anejo tequilas ranging from $7 to $18 per shot. Check their menu for current offerings.
All are 1.5oz. shots and are served with Sangrita, lime and salt.

La Hacienda Premium Tequila Flight - $30
Jose Cuervo Reserva Familia Blanco, select Barrel Reposado and Don Julio 1942 Anejo.

Traditional Tequila Flight - $20
Milagro Select Barrel Blanco, Partida Reposado and Don Julio Anejo.

Bottled Beer
Corona Extra, Corona Light, Dos Equis Amber or Tecate - $6.50

Draft 20oz. Beer
Dos Equis Lager - $7.75

Wine
A nice selection of wines available, by glass and bottle.

Food
La Cantina has a small menu of nachos, tacos, empanadas, chips & salsa and margaritas.
La Hacienda has a larger menu of authentic mexican dishes with entrees made up of steak, fish, pork, shrimp. View La Hacienda's Dinner Menu and Wine Menu.


La Hacienda Dinner Review

We were so lucky to have gotten in on late Sunday night on the opening weekend for La Hacienda. After a very warm, welcoming greeting we were shown to our table in a little room off the main dining room. Near a window, we had an ok view of the lagoon, but nothing special. Our server was the most delightful, happy and pleasing server we've come across at any restaurant in a very long time.  

Naturally, our duty is to try a few drinks. We started with the Rosearita margarita thanks to our servers recommendation, and Sol Cerveza (beer). She quickly brought out our drinks along with chips and 2 amazing salsas. We are salsa snobs and these passed our test. The red chipotle salsa actually has a good sized kick of spice to it with fresh ingredients and deep flavors. Might be too much for the average consumer, I hope they don't tame it down, that would be a shame. The green tomatillo salsa is milder, but with a nice thicker texture than most tomatillo salsas that are usually watery, and just the right amount of tangy tomato flavor. After dinner we wandered through the new La Cantina and discovered that these salsas are available at the condiment bar! We can see ourselves grabbing some cheap nachos and loading up on these babies. Great salsas that they refilled without charge throughout dinner.
Rosearita - You know how some drinks just taste expensively delicious when you take your first sip? Yeah, that was this one. With an ingredient list of El Mayor premium silver tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice and rose syrup you know you are in for a treat. I also like to pretend that the hibiscus salted rim tastes MUCH better than just regular salted rim, but we all know the truth.  Topped off with a single pink rose petal, the presentation is a 10.  Mind you, this is a $13 drink, so enjoy it slowly. A nice, sweet flavor but not overpowering the sour tangy-ness of the fresh lime juice. The rose syrup is what gives it that 'something tastes a little bit different here' flavor. I can't wait to try the other ones on the menu, but another day friends.

Sol Cerveza beer is a medium bodied lager, foamy and crisp and lightly citrusy make it the perfect beer for a hot day at the beach. This was a refreshing palate cleanser for La Hacienda's spicy dishes. What? Yes, I know I wrote "Sol Beer Beer". It's to let the people that don't speak Spanish know we're talking about the beer! Cut me some slack . . . thought we were friends.

Tacos de Camarones (Shrimp Tacos) - $22.95
After reading so many rave reviews of the shrimp tacos, I had to give it a try. These were the best shrimp tacos I've ever had the pleasure of eating. The shrimp were perfectly cooked-lightly fried and not chewy or tough, the chipotle-lime aioli, cabbage, lime and more of the awesome salsa verde all worked together perfectly to balance out to a light, refreshing yet tangy taco. My first thought was that 4 little tacos wouldn't be very filling, but that last one was hard to finish (but I was not letting that one get thrown away!) After 2 consumed 'virgin' I decided to get creative and add some chipotle salsa and black beans  to my remaining tacos. Also a good decision. You don't see it pictured here, but 2 small bowls of sides came with our entrees - one black beans and one rice. Excellent dish. Next time we impromptu dine here it'll be hard to try something new instead of these again.

Puerco en Salsa de Mole Negro - $25.95
I was between choosing my taco dish and this one, so I was thrilled when my husband chose this. We are not strangers to a good mole, so we were hoping they would deliver. They did. The four pork medallions were so tender they fell apart when you touched it with your fork. Served with flour tortillas, the pork and peppers side made for a fantasticly decadent taco. The mole was rich, creamy with just the right hint of chocolate.

Mexican and Tex-Mex are both of our favorite kinds of food. Some people confuse tex-mex and authentic Mexican. Authentic is much simpler in flavors and less spicy than tex-mex which consists of multiple ingredients, toppings and high levels of spiciness. As long as you understand and appreciate the difference, they are both tasty styles of cuisine.  

If this restaurant was plucked out of Epcot and dropped into the heart of downtown Orlando, it would not only fit in, but stand out above other locales. The prices are high, but the quality of the food and service justifies it. We both left absolutely stuffed and very impressed.

You know that we'll tell you when something is terrible, or a waste of money. This review is glowing because that's how our dinner was (glowing?). If you want a nice dinner out, we fully recommend this place. Keep in mind this was opening weekend, so we are fearful that these wonderfully flavored and spiced dishes may end up getting toned down to satisfy the masses. We're crossing our fingers that this place doesn't fall to that Disney pressure to moderately please all and fully-impress none. I guess we'll have to come back in a few months to try it again!

 

Wednesday
Mar242010

Mexico - La Cava del Tequila

 

La Cava del Tequila is located inside the Mexican temple next to the restaurant. Limited seating available with standing room at the bar and a few high-top tables. You're welcome to enjoy your beverages at the bar, at one of a few tables or get a margarita to go. (Sorry, no shots to go.)

This place is heaven. Take it easy while you're here or you won’t make it around the rest of the world! Even their tequila bar is educational - you can get schooled on the history of tequila, the different types, or why there's a worm . . . or more accurately, why there's no worm in these. Who says learning isn't fun? But enough about learning, bring on the shots! They have over 70 varieties of authentic tequila. From dark to light and sweet to dry you'll be sure to find something to suit your tequila needs at this bar.  The bartenders, aka ‘tequila ambassadors’, are very friendly & knowledgeable on tequila and can help you pick out one that’s perfect for you. The sampler is the best deal - you get to try 3 tequilas for a reasonable price and a sidecar of sangrita - a liquidy-salsa-like chaser that makes a perfect spicy, citrusy, finish.

Be sure to check out our Epcot Drink Recipes section where you can learn how to make these excellent Margaritas and the Sangrita Chaser at home.

Read our posts on "What's New" at La Cava to learn about specials and new items.

Specialty Margaritas

Blood Orange - $13
Tequila, orange liqueur and sweet-tart mix of blood orange, topped with wild berry foam, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.

Classic - $12.50
Tequila, with orange liqueur and fresh lime juice, served on the rocks with a salt rim.

Wild Passion Fruit
- $13
Tequila, ginger liqueur, mixed with passion fruit and mango nectar, fresh lime juice, topped with mango fruit foam, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.

Jalapeno MargaritaCucumber - $13
Tequila, orange liqueur, caramelized pineapple juice, muddled fresh basil, cucumber and agave nectar, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.

Avocado - $14
Tequila, melon liquor and fresh avocado mixed with fresh lime juice and agave nectar syrup, served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

Pineapple - $13
Tequila, ginger liqueur, caramelized pineapple nectar, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.

Jalapeno - $13
Tequila, muddled jalapenos, fresh lime juice, muddled cucumber and agave nectar syrup, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

San Angel Inn - $13.50
This traditional margarita has been served in Mexico City since 1963. Tequila, orange liqueur, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served chilled with salt on the rim.

Blood Orange Margarita
Coffee Mezcal - $14.50
A unique and perfect blend of Mezcal Sombra Blanco and coffee ice cream.

Horchata Margarita - $13.50
Tequila, Horchata cream rum, Fireball Cinnamon whiskey, agua de Horchata, topped with cinnamon powder.

Pomegranate - $14.50
Milagro Silver Tequila, orange liquor, agave nectar, pomegranate liquor, pineapple, lime juice, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

Featured Margaritas
(selection changes, but they may be able to make any if you ask.)

Mango Mezcal
The perfect mix of Oro de Oaxaca Mexcal, mango puree and agave nectar syrup, served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

Mezcal Frozen Margarita
The perfect mix of Oro de Oaxaca Mezcal, pineapple, chipotle syrup, Camarena tequila and blackberry liquor.

No longer on the menu, but may be available if you ask...
La Cava
El Mayor premium white Tequila, triple sec liquor, fresh lime juice and agave nectar syrup, topped with blood orange foam, served on the rocks with a cactus-lemongrass salt rim.


Prickly Pear
El Mayor premium white Tequila, triple sec liquor, prickly pear puree, fresh lime juice and desert pear syrup, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim
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Hibiscus
The perfect mix of El Mayor premium silver Tequila, hibiscus syrup, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served on the rocks with a hibiscuss Himalayan salt rim.

Midnight Blue
Rancho Alegra 100% agave premium reposado tequila, blue curacao, fresh lime juice and agave nectar served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

Azunia Organic Skinny Margarita
Azunia organic 100% agave silver tequila, fresh lime juice and a hint of organic agave nectar, served on the rocks with salt on the rim.


Beer
Tecate 20oz. Draft - $8
Desperados Beer, blended with tequila - $7
Add a floater of Combier Orange Liquor to your beer - $3


Sangria
Mexican Sangria made with red wine, tequila, orange liqueur, agave nectar and fruit juices. - $9.25


Tequila Liqueurs
Agavero - $11
Rumchata - $10
1921 Cream - $11
Patron Cafe Cocoa - $12
Almond Ultimo Agave - $8
A sample of all 5 liquors - $24
Tequila Liqueur Sampler
Other Liqueurs
Cinnamon Fireball Whiskey - $9
1800 Coconut Tequila - $10
Mexican Fireball (Rumchata & Fireball) - $10

Mezcal Shots
From $6-$30
This selection is where you will find the tequila with a scorpion in it.

Ilegal Mezcal Flight - $22
Ilegal Joven, Ilegal Reposado, Ilegal Anejo

Tequila Shots
Choose from Blanco, Reposado, Anjeo or Specialty & Rare varieties.
From $7-$60 per shot
All served with Sangrita, fresh lime and salt. Half shots available.

Tequila Flights - 3 half ounce shots

Agave Flight - $15
A shot of Tequila Exotico Blanco and a shot of Sombra Mezcal Blanco, served with sangrita, lime and salt.

Supreme Tequila Flight - $99
Casa Dragones Joven, Casa Noble Extra Anejo, Patron Piedra Extra Anejo, Herradura Suprema Extra Anejo, and Partida Elegante Exra Anejo.

La Cava Flight - $22
Casa Noble Organic Blanco, Milagro Select Barrel Reposado, Ambhar Anejo.

For a full list of every tequila on the shelf, visit the menu section of their facebook page.


Margarita Flight - You may have heard of a margarita flight or sampler here, but it has been taken off the menu. Our bartender said it is simply too involved to make when the bar is busy. They might make it if you are there when it's not busy. (And we're not sure when that would be!)


Tapas
Trio Combo

Chips served with salsa, queso and guacamole.

Queso con Jalapeno
Warm white cheese dip served with jalapenos and tortilla chips.


Chips & Guacamole

Tortilla chips and guacamole (spicy blend of avocado, cilantro, serrano chilie and lime)



Pour Quality 
Above Average – Obviously you know what you’re getting with a tequila shot. For a good value, I recommend the lower priced sampler. You get to try a nice variety and it’s a fun experience. While the margaritas here are more expensive than the ones outside at the kiosk, they are fresh, unique and, ahem, nicely poured. They are at the top of my scale for what I’ll pay for a single drink, but for one, it’s worth it. Live a little, you're on vacation!
And did I mention you're getting your money's worth on the tequila in these things?? Tip: getting your margarita in a plastic to-go cup will get you roughly 3oz. more than the standard glass one.

Atmosphere
 
Words don’t do this place justice. If there was a beautiful pool by their front door I'd think I was back in Puerto Vallarta. Beautiful, warm-tones with an upscale, trendy but rustic decor. The comfort level is based on how crowded the bar is. It can be a comfy hang-out for good conversation one day, or crowded body to body during the busy times of the year. If it’s crowded, just grab one to go so you don’t miss out.
  

Review
 
These margaritas put the ones outside - that are actually decent for a slushie machine - to shame. Hand mixed unique ingredients make these something that's really special. Feel like something a little, ok, a lot out of the ordinary?

Try a Jalapeno Margarita that's made with fresh jalapeno peppers. It's not as spicy as you might expect and the lingering heat on your tongue being delivered via an ice cold drink is an experience you won't forget. The fresh jalapeno is seeded to keep the heat level down so it's not just heat that it lends to the drink but a unique green pepper flavor that feels remarkably at home in a margarita. Does that sound like a little much? How about a Cucumber Margarita? Fresh, cool & clean tasting without the jalapeno "pop" that's in the previous, another solid cocktail.

The Blood Orange Margarita sports an intense flavor, and not in a good way. Very sweet, syrupy and tangy. The frothy foam topping doesn't add anything to the drink flavor-wise, it just gets in the way of taking a sip. Not the worst we've had, but there are better options here.




For something different, try the Tequila Liqueur Sampler. It consists of half-shots of
Agavero, 1921 Cream and Patron Cafe. Basically, a tequila, a dark, heavy coffee-flavored tequila and a creamy, Bailey's-like tequila. Three unique tastes for just $10. A great deal for some unique liqueurs.




The Hibiscus Margarita is significantly less flowery than expected! It has a rather prounounced sweet flavor, but not overpowering, that is smooth to drink. A perfect balance of sweet and sour. The hibiscus syrup adds that unique flavor that is hard to put your finger on, but adds depth to a typical margarita.




This may take 2nd place for best specialty margarita - the featured Mezcal Frozen Margarita. A lightly sweet flavor with a very subtle hint of tart blackberry flavor that leaves a surprisingly spicy aftertaste thanks to the chipotle syrup. It's what I'd imagine eating a fresh spring flower would taste like, with a light spicy kick. An interesting collection of ingredients that don't look like they'd go together, but blend beautifully.
All this delectable enjoyment for only $8 while the blended margaritas outside at the stand cost over $9! Once this "featured" drink is no longer on the menu, you can still ask the bartenders for it, and as long as they have the ingredients there's no reason they can't still make it.

Looking for another crisp, cool and refreshing margarita? Order up the Avocado Margarita for a unique treat. The fresh, creamy flavor of the avocado blends perfectly with lime juice and melon liqueur. It's easy to see, err taste, why this is one of the fan favorites here. If some of the other flavors here look like a bit much to your tastebuds, this is one of the more tame varieties.













Now here's how to kick start your day - Coffee Margarita. Yes, this is every bit as delicious as it sounds. This tall pour has the consistency of a chocolate milkshake, but the flavor of an iced latte with a moderately strong coffee flavored kick and a lingering aftertaste of tequila, just enough to make you know what you're drinking. 











So, you've been thinking a worm at the bottom of your tequila (or more appropriately mezcal) is just so...been there; done that? Yeah, how 'bout a Scorpion! Just like the larva in other mezcals, bottles of Scorpion Mezcal contain just one scorpion. Consider yourself lucky if the bottom of the bottle chooses you. Need a dumb fact to go with your super cool scorpion? Larva used to be added to mezcal to boast the proof of the liquor. High proof alcohol has preservative properties. Too low a proof and the larva would decompose at the bottom of the bottle. Nowadays we've got slightly more effective techniques to test for proof so the scorpion's in there just to show the guy next to you that you're tough, or stupid. Enjoy that little arachnid, errrrr, crustacean, ummm, land crab with all the flare you deserve, he's totally harmless to eat.

Wimps are probably wondering what these venomous critters taste like. Real men, stop reading here, I don't want to ruin your experience. The answer; crunchy tequila. They've got no flavor whatsoever of their own. If you've ever eaten a shrimp with the shell on (it's actually not unusual to eat shell-on shrimp in Asia) it's a very similar experience but instead of shrimp flavor you'll just get liquor on the inside. The bartender jokingly said it gives hallucinogenic effects, sadly none were experienced - aside from the effects of the mezcal! Eating a scorpion is a much more daunting challenge than eating a meal worm. Almost anyone could down a meal worm when challenged, but a poisonous scorpion that's nearly a whole mouthful is significantly more intimidating. If you do successfully eat the scorpion, you receive a nifty black #1 shaped keychain that says "I ate the Scorpion. Worms are for wimps!" Like you needed it shaped like the number one, you knew who you were when you started.

The Scorpion Mezcal itself is tasty -- smoky, oaky, and vanilla-y with a bit of a bite.

For more information, visit ScorpionMezcal.com.


Monthly Specials & New Arrivals 
Be sure to visit our new section highlighting new specials and items at La Cava del Tequila.


La Cava del Tequila is on Twitter! Be sure to follow them at @cavadeltequila for specials that they mention, such as free chips & salsa and a special $5 shot of El Mayor Silver Tequila for their followers! They are also doing Margarita Mondays with a select specialty margarita for $10 that day. You may also be interested in following Hilda Castillo, their tequila ambassador who posts short tequila reviews and answers questions at @tequilatotaste. They also run twitter accounts for their restaurants at @sanangelinnusa, @lahaciendaepcot, @cantinasanangel and @margaritakiosk. (And while you're adding these to your twitter account, don't forget us! @PartyTTParks)
Our free chips & salsa with a Pineapple & Classic Margarita.
Get Your Own Personalized Tequila Glass!
La Cava is doing a test where you get your own personalized tequila glass. We're not sure how long this will be going on for, but for now take part! Here are their rules:

• Follow La Cava on twitter - @cavadeltequila
• You must visit La Cava at least 20 times (only one visit per day will count)
• You need to record your visit by taking a photo with one of the managers on duty. Then tweet the photo to our twitter account with the hashtag #tequila
• Once you reach your 20th visit, your personalized glass will be made and kept at our office; ready for you to use, each time you come visit us.

If you have any other questions, ask them on twitter at @cavadeltequila

Updated 8/2014 (interestingly, had to delete "100% agave premium" in front of tequila for the margarita updates.) 

 

Wednesday
Mar242010

Mexico - Margarita Stand

 
Simple frozen margaritas. Pricey, but a decent size, and surprisingly potent for something that comes out of a gas station style spigot. Expect long lines during peak season, these are extremely popular. We’ve found that nothing saves us better in the summer heat than one of these. Plus the ice is hydrating, right?

Located on the edge of Mexico towards Norway.

Frozen Margaritas
Lime, Strawberry, Mango, Fiesta (combo of all 3) - $9.50
They will also do two flavors of your choice in one glass.

Premium Margaritas

Milagro Pomegranate  - $14.50
Served on the rocks, Milagro Silver tequila, Pomegranate liqueur and lime mix.

Patron Lime - $14.50
Served "on the rocks" a perfect blend of Patron Silver tequila, triple sec & lime mix.


Beer
Dos Equis XX Special Lager 20oz. - $8

Shots & Floaters
Patron Silver Shot - $13
Herradura Blanco "Chilled" Tequila Shot - $10
Dobel Reposado Tequila Shot - $11
Three Shot Tequila Flight - $12 (Blanco, Reposado & Anejo)
Floater of Pomegranate Liqueur - $1.75

Pour Quality
 
Above Average - regular frozen margaritas  |  Poor - premium margaritas

Review
9/2010  -  Midnight Blue Patron Margarita Premium Patron Silver Tequila, Blue Curacao and lime mix, rimmed with catus/lemon grass salt - Terrible!! At thirteen bucks for one cocktail my expectations were rightfully pretty high. Long story short, the cheaper ones are stronger and have significantly more flavor. Here's the longer story, stay away from this rip-off at all costs. Literally - this is the worst $13 drink anyone at PTTP has ever tasted, ever! I was surprised and disappointed my $13 drink came out of the same slushie machine as all of the other margaritas here. I had figured this one must have been hand made at this price. Then I tasted it. The drink is lacking any sort of flavor whatsoever. It didn't even taste like a typical margarita, more like a watery ice drink. I'm also betting they're not using Patron too. Not that I could taste ANY tequila in this thing but why use liquor that sells for $40 for 750ml in a slushie machine drink? Especially when no one would EVER know if you didn't, right? If you want to spend $13 on a good margarita, go inside to the La Cava tequila bar to get a top-of-the-line, high-quality, hand-made drink for the same price as this flavorless icee. Shame on you Epcot for serving this. (Steering people away from buying crap like this is why we started this site!!)

All other flavors - The rest have some great flavor to them, not to mention the fact that you can get two different flavors in one cup! (or more with the fiesta!) These others run $9 and are tasty  and potent considering they're pre-mixed slushes. If you want anything more than this, go inside for a fantastically prepared margarita.

2011 Update 
Good news! The despised Midnight Blue Patron Margarita has been removed. Because of our review? Probably, and yes, you're welcome, no need to gush! The old Midnight Blue was:
Premium Patron Silver Tequila, Blue Curacao and lime mix, rimmed with catus/lemon grass salt. Now we have the Midnight Blue with El Mayor Silver Tequila and a regular margarita - the Patron Lime with Patron Silver Tequila. While we haven't tried either of these, we're still a little scared of what we might get for our money after the last one. We still have to suggest taking that $13 inside to La Cava for a freshly made margarita that's sure to impress.

And, is that now a whopping $13 for ONE shot of Patron?? Let's do some math. A 750ml bottle of Patron Silver is about $45. There are about 26oz. in 750ml. Let's assume a 1oz. shot, they've made $267 ($312 - $45 cost). Whew, they're, uh, "making their money" on this one, eh? There are much better tequilas and greatly better valued tequila flights inside at La Cava. 

Updated 8/2014 


 

Wednesday
Mar242010

Mexico - San Angel Inn

 
Located inside the temple, this romantic restaurant offers an amazing view and authentic Mexican cuisine. I believe those who don’t like the restaurant are too used to eating tex-mex and compare that to this place. Tex-Mex is delicious and has its place in the World but this food is true mexican, which is actually simpler and less spicy than most people expect. Their mole dish is simply amazing. But on to the drinks.

Hand-Crafted Premium Margaritas

Blood Orange - $13
Exotico 100% agave premium silver tequila, orange liqueur and sweet-tart mix of blood orange, topped with wild berry foam, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.

Classic - $12.50
Exotico 100% agave premium silver Tequila, with orange liqueur and fresh lime juice, served on the rocks with a salt rim.

Wild Passion Fruit - $13
Exotico 100% agave premium silver Tequila, ginger liqueur, mixed with passion fruit and mango nectar, fresh lime juice, topped with mango fruit foam, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.

Avocado - $14
Exotico 100% agave premium silver Tequila, melon liquor and fresh avocado mixed with fresh lime juice and agave nectar syrup, served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

Pineapple - $13
Rancho Alegre 100% agave premium reposado tequila, ginger liqueur, caramelized pineapple nectar, agave nectar syrup and fresh lime juice, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.

Jalapeno - $13
Exotico 100% agave premium silver Tequila, muddled jalapenos, fresh lime juice, cucumber and agave nectar syrup, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

San Angel Inn - $13.50
This traditional margarita has been served in Mexico City since 1963. Exotico 100% agave premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served chilled with salt on the rim.

Azunia Organic Skinny Margarita - $14
Azunia organic 100% agave silver tequila, fresh lime juice and a hint of organic agave nectar, served on the rocks with salt on the rim.


Tequilas
All tequilas are 1.5oz. shots and served with Sangrita, fresh lime and salt.
Choose from a large selection of Tequila Blanco, Tequila Reposado and Tequila Anejo. Prices range from $7 - $28.

San Angel Inn Premium Tequila Flight - $30
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Blanco, Milagro Select Barrel Reposado and Don Julio 1942 Anejo.

Traditional Tequila Flight - $20
Milagro Select Barrel Blanco, Partida Reposado and Don Julio Anejo.

Wine
A selection of white and red wines available by glass and bottle.

Bottled Beer
Corona Extra, Corona Light, Dos Equis Amber, Tecate - $6.50

20oz. Draft Beer
Dos Equis Lager - $7.75

Food 
View San Angel Inn's Dinner Menu and Drink Menu.

Review 
These specialty margaritas are just as good as the ones at the tequila bar. You only miss out on the entertainment of having them made right in front of you. Read our post on La Cava del Tequila for reviews on these margaritas.

 

Wednesday
Mar242010

Morocco - Drink & Snack Stand

 
Authentic Moroccan beer and some interesting frozen drinks with ingredients like "rose water." Located on the main pathway of the pavillion.

Drinks
 
Casa Beer - $6.99
Domestic Beer - $5.99
Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra
Sangria - $6.99

Oasis Slush Flavors - $8.99

Moroccarita
Vodka, lemon & lime juice, triple sec.

Habibi Daiquiri
Rum, strawberry & orange blossom water


Sultan's Colada
Rum, pineapple & coconut juice, almond liqueur


Pour Quality 
Slushes-Average

Food 
Assorted pastries, and tasty baklava.

Atmosphere 
You're right in the middle of Morocco. There are many ways to get lost in this pavillion for a while. Check out the shops with rather interesting & authentic items for sale.

Review 
Casa beer, as in Casablanca, is similar to an American lager, like Budweiser, but a little hoppier, think of a cross between Budweiser and Heineken and you've got a good idea what Casa is like. If Bud Light is your favorite beer then it's not for you, but, if you like something with a little more bite, give it a try.

Sangria
Their sangria is a deep red wine, not too dry or bitter, with hints of citrus and spices. A nice rich wine that goes well with their dishes over at Tangierine Cafe.

 

Wednesday
Mar242010

Morocco - Restaurant Marrakesh

 
This is one of the hidden jems of Epcot. The food is delicious, and there's entertainment - more belly-dancing. It seems that a lot of people are intimidated by this style of cuisine, and because of that you are almost always able to be seated here at any time.

Beer
Casa Beer - $6.99

Cocktails
Marrakesh Express - $9.99
Rum, orange and pineapple juice, topped with dark rum.

Casablanca Sunset - $9.99
Apricot brandy, orange and cranberry juice, topped with peach schnapps.

Tangier's Breeze - $9.99
Vodka, Midori and pineapple juice

Sahara Splash - $9.99
Vodka, Midori, cranberry juice, soda

Tangier Specialty Coffee - $8.99
Coffee mocha with Grand Marnier topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Kasbah Specialty Coffee - $6.99
Coffee mocha with Godiva chocolate liqueur topped with whipped cream and nutmeg.

Casablanca Specialty Coffee - $6.99
Coffee mocha with Navan by Grand Marnier topped with whipped cream and nutmeg.

Liqueurs & Cognacs
Bailey's Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Navan by Grand Marnier,
Frangelico, Godiva Chocolate, Romana Sambuca - $9.99
Hennessy VS, Courvoisier VS, Remy Martin VSOP, Martell Cordon Bleu - $10.95

Wines
Red & White - a large selection of each, including some from Morocco, ranging from $7.50 - $9.75 glass, bottles available

Updated 8/2014

 

Friday
Jan312014

Morocco - Spice Road Table

    
©DisneyEpcot's latest restaurant gives us dining on the water, small plates to share and some new cocktails and foreign beer to enjoy. You'll find this new restaurant on the lagoon side of the pavilion. 

Walk-Up Counter Juice Bar Drinks
Imported Beer - $6.99
Estrella Damm, Efes, Almaza

Domestic Beer - $5.99
Bud, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra

Sangria, Red or White - $6.99
Wine by the Glass - $6.99

Moroccarita - $9.99
Vodka, Lemon/Lime juice and triple sec.

Habibi Daiquiri - $9.99
Rum, strawberry and orange blossom water.

Sultan's Colada - $9.99
Rum, pineapple and coconut juice and almond liqueur.

Royal Blue - $9.99
Vodka, coconut rum and blue raspberry.

Tropical Breeze Smoothie
Rum, peach, mango and banana.

Mixed Berries Delight
Vodka and mixed berries.


Restaurant Drinks
Aperitifs
Alvear Cream Sherry - $10.99
Sweet, nutty, medium bodied with tangy finish. Served chilled.

Dow's Ruby Port - $9.99
The classic Portuguese aperitif that is produced exclusively in the Douro valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically sweet but not as much of the body, it also has a smooth mouth feel and a long warm finish. Served chilled.

Ouzo - $10.99
Clear and silky liqueur flavored with Anise, mint and coriander. Served neat or mixed with water.

Lillet - $10.99
This drink has the wonder flavors of honey, orange, lime and mint. It is served chilled or on ice.

Aperitif Flight - $14.99
Includes Alvear Cream Sherry, Ruby Port and Lillet.

Signature Cocktails
Tangier's Breeze - $9.99
Peach vodka, Midori and pineapple juice.

Marbella Summer - $9.99
Frozen Torres Brandy, Grand Gala liqueur, strawberry puree.

Mediterranean Journey - $9.99
Cointreau, Peach vodka, orange juice, topped with grenadine.

Andalusian Nights - $9.99
Apricot Brandy, Myers's Dark rum, orange juice mixed with pina colada mix.

Pomegranate Mimosa - $9.99
Sparkling wine, pomegranate juice and orange liqueur.

Cyprus Sun - $9.99
Frozen with Almond liqueur, cream de coco, orange juice and coconut milk.

Mediterranean Beers - $6.99
Casa (Morocco), Mythos (Greece), Aris (Greece), Efes (Turkey), Ambar Especial (Spain), Estrella Damm (Spain), Almaza (Lebanon)

Wines
Spice Road Signature Sangria - Pitcher $34  |  Glass $9.99
Certified Organic. Red, White or Sparkling. 

A variety of regional Red, White and Sparkling Wines are available by glass or bottle. 

Spice White Wine Flight (3, 3oz. pour) - $12.99
Ksar White, Angora Beyaz, Ksara Blanc de Blane

Spice Red Wine Flight (3, 3oz. pour) - $12.99
Amazigh Red, Angora, Ksara Reserve

Pour Quality 
Average

Food 
An assortment of small plates to share including items such as Mussels, Moroccan Sausage, Calamari, Hummus & Olives, Lamb Slider and more.

Atmosphere
 
Open air dining right next to the lagoon that will have stunning views of Illuminations at night. If you prefer eating inside, there is a small indoor area with plenty of windows as well. There is a walk-up bar just after you enter the restaurant where you can get these cocktails to go, as well as any other cocktail as it's yet another full-service bar in the World Showcase.

Review
 
Coming Soon.


Updated 8/2014

    

Wednesday
Mar242010

Morocco - Tangierine Cafe

 
Yes, it is spelled "Tangierine" and not "Tangerine" as in the Moroccan city of Tangier. If you're into middle eastern food, this counter service restautrant probably has the best, albeit expensive, counter service food in Epcot. At the back of the counter service restaurant you'll find a coffee bar that offers some pastries and specialty coffee drinks like lattés and cappuccinos. Here's the secret, they've got some Frangelico and vanilla liqueur behind the counter! OK, maybe it's not that big a secret, it does show them right on the menu. But where else can you get a good cup of hot coffee with my favorite acoutremont?

Drinks at Beverage Bar
Tangierine Coffee - with orange liqueur - $6.99
Kasbah Coffee - with hazelnut liqueur - $6.99
Casablanca Coffee - with vanilla liqueur - $6.99
Mimosa - $6.99
Moroccan Wine - $6.99
Sangria - $6.99
Tangierine Cocktail - $8.99
Casa Beer - $6.99
Domestic Beer - $5.99
Strawberry Daiquiri - $8.99
Tangierine Daiquiri - $8.99

Counter Service Drinks
Domestic Beer - $5.99
Casa Beer - $6.99
Sangria (Red or White) - $6.99
Moroccan Wine - $6.99

Pour Quality 
Average

Food 
A delicious assortment of middle eastern dishes.

Atmosphere
 
Open air dining but it's usually pretty busy so I suggest wandering around.
After you've got your drink, have a seat next to their fountain, explore the often forgotten yet elaborately designed Moroccan village or wander up to the waterfront. Maybe you can catch one of Mo'Rockin's middle eastern rock shows, complete with belly dancing. For some reason, this show is always popular with dads.

Review
 
They are pricey, but remember you're getting a quality coffee and a top shelf liquor. If Starbucks had this on their menu it'd probably cost more than you're paying here. Also, take note, you don't have to wait in the food line, which is sometimes pretty long, to get your coffee drinks. They have their own line right at the coffee bar.



Casablanca Coffee
It's hard to go wrong with a little coffee, some flavored liqueurs, and whipped cream topped with a dusting of nutmeg. The Kasbah & Casablanca are our favorites. Neither of us are fans of orange-flavored coffee. Even the not-really-a-coffee-drinker here loves one of these on a cold night. The servers free pour these (no measurements), so the amount of liqueur varies greatly with each glass, but it's still a gamble worth taking.



Tangierine Cocktail

A wonderful combination of their 3 slush drinks (strawberry, pina colada and tangerine) topped with Bols flavored liquors, this is a new favorite frozen drink. This one was heavy on the orange flavor, but that could change depending on the ratio of slush mixes. The fact that it can vary each time is both good and bad, so as long as you like sweet, fruity frozen drinks you can't go wrong. It comes in a plastic specialty cup at no extra charge.












Updated 8/2014