Whether you’re Drinking Around the World as part of a team with nifty matching t-shirts, having a cocktail with your true love before a romantic dinner, or looking for a cooling, relaxing drink with a friend, Epcot’s got you covered. (Note that with the updated 2018 Disney Dining Plan, alcohol will be an option!) Here, from A to Z, are just two dozen (plus two) of your many choices at Epcot.
A is for Altenmünster Oktoberfest served at Sommerfest, Germany Pavilion. Allgäu, Germay, located not far from the Austrian border, is the home of Altenmünster Brewer Beers. They craft their brews from bygone recipes, using forgotten ingredients, creating flavors both timeless and new.
B is for Bellini with peach puree and Prosecco at the Gelato Kiosk, Italy Pavilion. This bellissimo bellini will refresh and relax!
C is for Canto Loopy with vodka and cantaloupe juice at the Joy of Tea, China Pavilion. If they gave out rewards for creative cocktail names, the folks at the Joy of Tea would win first prize.
D is for Dos Equis Lager Draft Beer from La Cantina de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion. This shaded counter service location on the waters of the World Showcase Lagoon is popular in the evening hours, as guests grab a Don Equis (or other libation) and claim a table from which to watch IllumiNations!
E is for the Electric Umbrella’s signature Strawberry Margarita, Future World. Your bright pink drink will complement the pulsing neon decor of the Electric Umbrella. If you’re not a fan of strawberry, choose an Electric Umbrella Piña Colada.
F is for Fior d’Arancio, Moscato, sweet and refreshing from the Gelato Kiosk, Italy Pavilion. Fior d’Arancio (“orange blossom”) is said to absorb its unmistakable citrus scent from the orange groves growing nearby on the Lovo Estate in Italy.
G is for Grey Goose Citron, Vodka and Lemonade at Les Vins des Chefs de France, France Pavilion. (If you don’t want to walk all the way over to France, frozen beverages with Grey Goose Vodka are also available from Test Track Cool Wash. But of course a Grey Goose slushy will taste better under the petit Eiffel Tower!)
H is for Hurricane Reef Amber Ale from Promenade Refreshments, World Showcase. This refreshing American Pale Ale has notes of honey and excellent suspended yeast in the midst of the carbonation!
I is for Innis & Gunn Draft in a Souvenir Stein at the UK Beer Cart, UK Pavilion. The recipe for this oak-aged beer was discovered in Edinburgh, Scotland.
J is for Jägermeister Shot at Sommerfest, Germany Pavilion. With 56 ingredients, the Jägermeister Shot might be considered a cocktail in its own right!
K is for Kirin Draft Beer, Light Beer, and Frozen Draft at the Kabuki Cafe, Japan Pavilion. Kirin is brewed in Japan. Their Ichiban shibori process uses only the most flavorful portion of the finest ingredients.
L is for LINIE Aquavit Glacier Shot at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Norway Pavilion. Aquavit is a flavored spirit that has been produced in Scandinavia since the 15th century. LINIE Aquavit, produced from potatoes, is flavored with caraway, dill, aniseed, sweet fennel and coriander. For centuries, LINIE has been matured in Oloroso sherry casks at sea – on boats! The boats cross and recross the equator (the “linie”) in the process. Ask to see the label of your LINIE – it actually shows the unique route your beverage sailed as it was prepared for your enjoyment. This is a beverage with backstory!
M is for McKenzie’s Lazy Lemon Hard Cider (West Seneca, NY) at Block & Hans, the American Adventure. The Lazy Lemon is one of five varieties of hard cider produced by McKenzie’s. Some experts think this cider tastes best over ice.
N is for Nigori Unfiltered at the Kabuki Cafe, Japan Pavilion. This variety of cloudy or “milky” sake has been coarsely filtered to allow the unfermented rice particles to remain in the sake to increase the texture and flavor. It’s a sake with substance.
O is for Orange Slush with Grand Marnier, Rum and Grey Goose Orange and Orange Juice at Les Vins des Chefs de France, France Pavilion. This strong and sweet cocktail has a large fan following, with many guests considering it their must-do drink at Epcot.
P is for Peach Snap! with Schnapps and Vodka at the Joy of Tea, China Pavilion. Thanks again, drink-namers behind the scenes at the Joy of Tea! We like the exclamation mark in the name of this peachy libation. This icy cup of peachy, schnappy goodness has been called the nectar of the gods. Less well known than the Orange Slush at France, but with a following as ardent.
Q is for (Don) Q Cristal Rum in the Leaping Leprechaun with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Skyy Vodka, Melon Liqueur, Sweet-and-Sour, and Sprite at Rose and Crown, UK Pavilion. That’ll get your leprechaun leaping, ladies and gents!
R is for the Rising Sun at the Kabuki Cafe, Japan Pavilion. This is a “sake bomb” which is a shot glass placed inside a cup of beer! Three ounces of Kirin fills the exterior portion of the glass while an ounce of sweet red sake (the Rising Sun) is poured in the middle. Ask a Kabuki Cafe cast member to explain the correct way of consuming this one-of-a-kind cocktail!
S is for Sake Mist, Alcoholic Shaved Ice available in blood orange, chocolate cherry or coffee at the Kabuki Cafe, Japan Pavilion. For years, Kakigōri fans have savored the fruity flavors of their favorite icy treat. Only recently have alcoholic flavors become an option.
T is for Tipsy Ducks in Love – with a name like that, where else could it be served but at the Joy of Tea, China Pavilion? The two ducks are coffee and tea, while the minister is Jim Beam. That explains the tipsy. Whipped cream and chocolate complete the wedding party. We have Starbucks Hong Kong to thank for the recent popularization of this drink, which they dubbed a “Yuen Yeung Frappuccino.” (Yuen Yeung is a pair of Mandarin ducks!)
U is for Unibroue La Fin du Monde, Canadian Draft Beer, Le Cellier, Canada Pavilion. This recipe was developed through months of research on a unique strain of yeast originating from Europe. It honors the intrepid European explorers who believed they had reached the “End of the World” when they discovered North America.
V is for Victory Golden Monkey (Downingtown, PA) at Block & Hans, the American Adventure. This Belgian-style tripel vibrates with rich notes of fruit and spice with a dry finish. Combines particularly well with sheeps’ milk cheeses and seafood.
W is for (Killer) Whale Cream Ale (Jacksonville, FL) at Block & Hans, the American Adventure. This is a mild creamy ale, high carbonation with a crisp, refreshing finish.
X is for an x-beverage option, much mourned by Epcot guests – the long-lamented, pink-candy-colored Torontopolitan with Chambord, Iceberg Vodka, Creme de Cassis, and cranberry juice – garnished with a cherry, formerly served at Le Cellier, Canada Pavilion.
Y is for Yuengling Draft at Promenade Refreshments, World Showcase. Yuengling, a top craft beer maker in Pennsylvania, is also the oldest operating brewing company in the United States, established in 1829.
Z is for Zorro Tequila – one of 200 varieties served in the twilight recesses of the Mexican pyramid at La Cava del Tequila. Made from the finest distilled spirits of the agave plant, some of the other popular choices at La Cava include Jalapeño, Cucumber, Magic Blue, Wild Passion Fruit, and Avocado tequilas!
Around the World (Showcase) and back again, from A to Z. Salud, Jubel, Ganbei, Prost, Salute, Kan-pie, Santé, Cheers, and Here’s Mud in Your Eye!
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