The SATURDAY SIX Goes “Drinking Around The World” at Epcot
This week’s SATURDAY SIX Goes “Drinking Around The World” at Epcot! Longtime SATURDAY SIX readers know we enjoy an adult drink or two on our theme park vacations. We’ve done articles on the best bars and lounges at the WDW resorts, the best theme park bars, and even Must Try individual drinks such as the Lapu Lapu, Swedish Fish, and the Nautilus. We’ve talked about popular bar crawls among property; in fact we created the worst one of all time with the Disney Value Resorts Bar Crawl. Today we are going to look at what is probably the most popular drinking “game” across all property, Drinking Around The World. It takes place in Epcot’s World Showcase, and features some of the greatest – and most unique – drinks you can get at The World. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite stops while we drink around the world, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…
# 6 – Japan
One of our favorites stops for a cool down in Epcot is over at Kabuki Cafe in Japan. Their signature Kakigori can be a lifesaver during a Florida summer. However last year the Kabuki Cafe started offering alcoholic versions of these shaved ice treats with the Sake Mists. Available in blood orange, pineapple coconut, and blackberry flavors, the drinks are served in pretty large cups (by Disney standards) so it’s not only a refreshing drink, but one you can share.
When it comes to sake at WDW, you also have to make a trip into Teppan Edo. Come for the entertaining chefs slicing and dicing your meal in front of you, stay for the sake flights, and swordfish. Pace yourself though, because a couple too many drinks in Japan may lead you to buying some rather strange items at the Mitsukoshi Department Store (in our defense, you can never have too many personal massagers.)
# 5 – Germany
“Pretzels und bier” at the Germany Pavilion should be the foundation of any good Drinking Around The World game plan. The giant pretzel (another shareable item) goes perfect with a cold German beer, but for those looking for a stronger option, shots of Jägermeister and flights of German wine can be found nearby as well.
# 4 – France
While there are plenty of bottles of wine and champagne to be found in France, our go to drink is located at the kiosk by the lagoon serving Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Citron slushes. One of the most popular drinks in Epcot, these ice cold slushes are refreshing and aren’t overwhelmingly loaded with alcohol. The slushes are one of those “be careful” drinks because you’ll want to enjoy several of them as they go down so easily and will have you feeling wonderful. We’re talking an adult Creamsicle here and you’ve earned it.
# 3 – United Kingdom
When the TV show Roseanne had an episode where the family went to Disney World, one of our favorite moments of the entire series came when Dan realized they didn’t sell beer at the Magic Kingdom, causing him to immediately hightail it over to Epcot. Where did he go in Epcot? The Rose & Crown Pub. Here you can listen to live music while slowly sipping on a pint of your favorite British beer. You also can’t go wrong with an order of fish & chips (or their scotch egg) along with a mixed drink like the Welch Dragon, English Rose, or a Lucky Leprechaun.
# 2 – Italy
A great stop for drinkers, one of our favorite places to go while Drinking Around The World is Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. There is a surprisingly large amount of seating inside making it a terrific place to get away from the heat, and it offers a terrific food menu to join your drink of choice. If you’re starving, stop in for a large pie at the nearby Via Napoli, but Tutto Gusto’s light fare pared with a wine flight or a glass of Red Passion (Campari and grapefruit juice) can make for the perfect Epcot Experience.
# 1 – Mexico
Mexico is generally the first stop on many a guest’s Drinking Around The World journey, and it deserves its top spot. Whether you get a frozen margarita outside at La Cantina de San Angel or head inside the temple to visit our cherished La Cava del Tequila for one of their legendary tequila flights, you are going to come out feeling great. Our best bet? Settle down for a bit inside La Cava, order some guac and chips, and check out some of their speciality margaritas like the Maelstrom or Avocado margaritas. The bar has an intimate atmosphere and the service is always on point.
HONORABLE MENTION – China
There certainly aren’t many drinks in China to choose from, but the Pavilion also has one of our guilty pleasures: Tipsy Ducks In Love. Found at the Joy Of Tea kiosk, this drink is basically a mixture of coffee and tea, with a liberal amount of bourbon mixed in, and topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. What does any of this have to do with China? SHUT YOUR MOUTH. It tastes incredible and how can you beat that name?!
So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX Goes “Drinking Around The World” in Epcot! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).
If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:
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29 thoughts on “The SATURDAY SIX Goes “Drinking Around The World” at Epcot”
My personal favorite is the Frozen Brown Elephant at the Africa kiosk. Addictive, refreshing, and truly a great way to start and finish a tour around the world.
Interesting you say that Sarah, as my girlfriend’s favorite drink in Epcot is – I think – pineapple hard cider at that very same outpost.
Ooooo the pineapple hard cider is really good!
Love the Brown Elephant! (and the at home version isn’t bad, either – just get a Coke Slurpee from 7/11 and pour a little amarula cream liquor over the top)
Had the sake flight at TE, very good.
Tipsy Ducks in Love is incredible.
Last time I had one I watched the cast member pour the remains of a bottle of bourbon into my drink – I thought to myself that’s a pretty generous measure.
She then cracked open another bottle and free poured from it. The finished drink must have had 5 or 6 oz of bourbon. It definitely felt like it afterwards
FIVE STAR POST AND COMMENTS HERE, PEOPLE. Many thanks. Tipsy Ducks in Love is going to the top of my must-drink list in September!
As always, a great article. Minor correction: the Italy an bitter pictured is Fernat branca.
The irony is not lost on me that my post pointing out your typo has an autocorrect typo itself. ;). Italian bitter.
That’s literally the first typo in SATURDAY SIX history. We have to mark this day down on the calendar for posterity.
Sorry to break this to you Derek, it’s the second typo. “Welch” must be “Welsh”. Great article, and looking forward to trying several of these drinks on our next trip in August.
I just got off the phone with the jelly people, they assure me it’s “Welch.” Actually they keep saying “Welch’s” so maybe they’ve been hitting a little of grandpa’s old cough medicine themselves.
The drink from rose and crown looks awesome. Can you just go through the bar or did you have to have reservations?
You can walk right in to the Rose & Crown bar and order from the bartender. You may have to wait patiently for other patrons though.
Yep, AND you can order a drink to go. One of my favorite moments from our last trip was enjoying a Welsh Dragon while watching the British Revolution show back in January. 🙂
You can order most drinks to-go, but FYI, you cannot leave Epcot WITH the alcoholic drink! We found that out the hard way 🙁
We were at Teppan Edo on New Year’s Eve specifically for their wonderful WONDERFUL swordfish, but they had removed it from the menu. Does your post mean that it’s been even longer since your last visit? Or does it mean that you’ve been there since, they’ve come to their senses and put it back (please please)?
That’s it, time to burn the place down. Who’s with me?!
Great list! I might quibble with your ranking slightly, but you hit all the highlights. Also appreciate the comments: I’m going to have to try the brown elephant, that’s a new one on me.
The last time I was there and got the Grand Marnier slush, the guy in front of me ordered an extra shot of Grand Marnier poured over his slush! The cast member didn’t blink, so apparently this is pretty common. Needless to say, I had to try this too (it does cost extra). I enjoyed this beverage before walking into Impressions de France. I’ve never enjoyed that movie more!
On behalf of all Canadians, I’d like to apologize for not making it onto your list.
Don’t try to sweet talk us, we’re still a little upset there isn’t a Beaver Tails kiosk or at the very least a Tim Hortons in your Pavilion.
There has to be some kind of alcoholic drink made with a Tim Horton’s Iced Cappuccino?
My all-time favorite drink in the entirety of EPCOT is Le Fin De Monde at Canada’s beer kiosk. Nothing else comes close for a true beer aficionado. Stand proud Canada.
We planned to drink around the world last time we were in WDW last September – I even booked a villa at Beach Club Villas for the night rather than go back to the off site villa we were staying in. It rained so hard that try as we might we couldn’t drink up our cups as they kept filling up with rain! We gave it up as a bad job and went back to BCV. We are going back this September – might give it another go – I am not sure I could have drunk 11 alcoholic drinks so I might have to share or just have sip of someone else’s in our party – or have traditional non alcoholic drinks at some of the countries!
I want to get a T shirt too – I don’t think there are any official ones but some of the unofficial ones look amazing!
So is the Len glass just for Len, or is there a real possibility that I’ll be sipping tequila out of the Testa glass???
This has always been a dream of mine to do! Looks like so much fun!
Do you think that your could do a Bar Crawl at Disney Springs? My hubby & I are only going to make a short trip to FL to visit with family & will only be able to go to Disney Springs this fall.
Thanks for all your “sacrifices” with the research you provide!
Might be a while before an official Disney Springs “bar crawl” article, but we did do a SAT SIX on Drinks You Have To Try at DISNEY SPRINGS. That should give you a good place to start. 🙂
Awesome – thanks!