Drink Around the World at Epcot – Tips For Taking on the Challenge
The World Showcase at Epcot has always been one of my favorite parts of Disney World. It’s so fun to take in all of the sights, culture and food of other countries in a single day. Each “country” also has a lot to offer in alcoholic beverages. Drink around the World at Epcot has become an unofficial Disney World challenge for many people. However, there are 11 World Showcase pavilions, which is a lot of booze. If you’re like me and want to enjoy all the drinks that Epcot has to offer, but without getting sloppy at the Happiest Place on Earth, or having a hangover the next morning, check out my tips! I took on the challenge on a girl’s trip with a friend from college. We drank from every country (minus America because we do that regularly any way) and didn’t experience any negative side effects (except for sore feet at the end of the day).
Tips for How to Drink Around the World at Epcot, Without Getting Sloppy
1. Share. This one may seem like a given, but taking on the Drink Around the World at Epcot challenge is not a solo activity. The drinks are pretty large, so there is more than enough to go around. Plus, sharing drinks means sharing the cost and it’s always nice to save money.
2. Take your time. We did the challenge in about 5 hours, which was a decent amount of time, but we definitely could have used another hour or two. There is so much to see and experience in each World Showcase pavilion. I’d recommend grabbing your drink first thing, and then strolling through each country as you sip.
3.Be adventurous. Drink around the World at Epcot is supposed to be fun! Don’t be afraid to try something new! It’s alright if you don’t like everything you order. It’s also OK to throw out the rest of a drink when you feel finished. We tossed an almost full drink during our challenge because we just didn’t like it.
4. Have a few snacks. In general, you should always grab snacks at the World Showcase, but especially if you’re going to be drinking all day. There are so many delicious things to try! I don’t think you need a snack in each country, just a few throughout the day.
5. Stay hydrated. While beer and cold cocktails are refreshing, make sure you drink water too! Disney World allows you to bring in water bottles, so you really have no excuse for not hydrating.
6. Do a little research. The internet is full of suggestions on what to eat and drink at Disney, so take advantage of that! Also, look at a few menus for counter-service locations ahead of time. This will give you an idea of what drinks each country offers and what’s in them! We improvised a lot on our trip, but we at least knew where we wanted to go for our drinks at each pavilion.
7. Relax. Though drink around the world at Epcot is a “challenge,” it’s not a competition. There is no reason to rush or to stress. The idea is to have fun! You know your body and how it reacts, so just trust your gut.
What to Drink Around the World at Epcot
With those tips in mind, here’s what we had to drink around the world at Epcot.
Canada: Moosehead Draft at Popcorn in Canada
Since we were moving counter clock-wise around the World Showcase, we started our drinking adventure in Canada. We stopped at the first food cart we saw, Popcorn in Canada, and ordered a Moosehead Draft. Moosehead is considered one of Canada’s premium lagers. It’s an American-style Lager and is very similar to a Yuengling. I was a big fan of this beer. It’s perfect for walking around on a hot day. The other draft in Canada is called the Blanche De Chambly, a Belgian Witbier similar to Blue Moon.
United Kingdom: Snake Bite Pub Blend at Rose and Crown Pub
Next up was the UK. We stood in a crowded pub (Rose and Crown Pub) where people were loudly enjoying their drinks. All that was missing was a soccer game on TV and screaming fans to make it just like the real UK. There were so many drinks to choose from here, especially Pub Blends. Ultimately, we decided on the Snake Bite. It’s half cider and half Harp Lager (a European Pale Lager made by Guinness). If you like cider, this is a great drink. It was crisp, refreshing and a little sweet. I enjoyed it, even though I’m not the biggest cider fan.
France: Regional Wine at Les Vins des Chefs de France
I am a huge fan of French wine, so I felt obligated to drink wine in the France Pavilion. They have a small tasting room and quick service eatery called Les Vins des Chefs de France. It has a decent sized selection of wines from all over France. I chose the Beaujolais Duboeuf, which is a more delicate red wine. It’s lighter and fruitier than typical red wine, making it perfect for sipping on a warm day. If you’re not into wine, I’ve heard the Grand Marnier slush is delicious!
Morocco: Tangier’s Breeze at Spice Road Table
The Tangier’s Breeze from Spice Road Table was definitely one of my favorite drinks from the whole day. It is made with Peach Vodka, Midori and Pineapple juice . We decided to sit down and enjoy this one with a snack plate (like the Mediterranean sliders at Tangierine Cafe!). I really want to make these at home. It was that good!
Japan: Violet Sake at the outdoor sake bar
We couldn’t drink at the Japan Pavilion without trying a drink with sake. (We opted to skip drinking straight up sake. Ha!) The Violet Sake is made with sake (duh), purple pear and lime juice. Not only is this drink the most gorgeous shade of purple, but it is super tasty. It was so sweet, like a liquid Jolly Rancher, but not sweet enough to give you a stomach ache.
Italy: Orangecello at Via Napoli Donkey Cart
Our original plan was to try the Lemoncello from the Via Napoli Donkey Cart at the Italy Pavilion, but the Orangecello caught our eye. It’s made with orangecello, orange juice, pineapple juice and strawberry puree. It was so yummy and surprisingly strong. It’s no wonder it comes in such a small glass. 😉
Germany: Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen at Sommerfest
Every article I read about what to drink at Epcot included the Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen at Sommerfest and it did not disappoint. Hefeweizen is a German-style wheat beer that is unfiltered and cloudy. It has a slight bitterness too it, but that is completely balanced out with the sweetness of the grapefruit. This is a beer I could drink all summer long! I will definitely be searching for this locally.
China: BaiJoe Punch at Joy of Tea
The BaiJoe Punch is made with Chinese Baijiu spirits, Lychee, coconut and pineapple. Baijiu is a clear Chinese grain liquor and Lychee is a small tropical fruit with sweet insides. This drink sounded really authentic, so we felt like we had to give it a try. It was honestly a miss for us because the coconut was overwhelming and we didn’t like how it paired with the harshness of the Baijiu liquor. If you really like coconut, or want to try something totally outside of the box, then it’s definitely worth a shot!
Norway: Viking Coffee at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
I think most people get beer at the Norway Pavilion, but after having 3 different beers at this point we were in the mood to try something different. We got the Viking Coffee, flavored with Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream, iced. It was so delicious and perfect for a hot day, plus it gave us a little caffeine boost. This drink is at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, which also has a huge selection of bakery treats. We shared a Kringla Sweet Pretzel with Chocolate, which was just as delicious as the Viking Coffee.
Mexico: Fiesta Frozen Margarita at Choza de Margarita
Getting a margarita in the Mexico Pavilion is a given. There were several flavors to choose from, so we got all three! The Fiesta is a mixture of the Wild Strawberry (Tequila, Strawberry-Prickly Pear Pureé and LeJay Crème de Cassis), Mango Loco (Tequila, Orange Liqueur, Wild Passion Fruit and Mango Purée) and Classic Lime (Tequila, Lime Sweet and Sour, Orange Liqueur) frozen margaritas all swirled together. I love margaritas and this one was SO good! Not overly sweet and a good amount of tequila.
The drink around the world at Epcot experience is so much fun if you like to try new cocktails. My friend and I had such a blast strolling the World Showcase while sipping our drinks. If you follow my tips and remember to be responsible I’m sure you will enjoy yourself!