We’ll visit Epcot on a relatively busy Saturday in May to try some drinks around World Showcase.
I’ve long been a proponent of the Yorkshire County Fish & Chips, now $10.99 for two pieces along with thick cut fries.
I usually like to share as there are some more interesting items available elsewhere. But the fish is served right out of the fryer with a nice crispy golden exterior that gives way to the moist, flavorful fish inside. The chips are among the best fast food fries you’ll run into at Disney World – thick and meaty with a nice potato flavor and little grease.
The Harp in back is a pretty straightforward lager and you might consider the Innis & Gunn draft from the UK Beer stand to the left of Rose & Crown for a more flavorful, sweeter beer with a higher ABV.
The Innis is arguably the second best draft beer that’s easily-accessible in World Showcase, behind the La Fin in Canada. The Einstok in Norway is really good too.
I’m happy to report that La Cava del Tequila is again serving the larger to-go cups in Mexico.
You might remember my lengthy rant around this time last year when the drinks shrunk by something like 40% in this post, which may be worth a read if you’re interested in, “The History of La Cava and Why You Should Feel Bad About It.”
The drinks are still largely pre-made, but it remains beneficial to be a pretty girl. If you tell the bartender that they are “your favorite,” you’ll receive preferential treatment, which in this case included the bartender telling the other bartender to “make the margarita special for my friend” along with an extra pour of tequila on top. Since I am basically a garbage person, I received your standard syrupy concoction.
But at least there was more of it and I bet they at least considered putting some salt on the rim. I always feel like I’m risking my life heading in there. Maybe some hazard pay will come with this month’s book royalties.
As far as tasty drinks that actually pack a punch, my favorite place to stop is the various Joffrey’s stands, where you can get a frozen lemonade mixed with a double shot of Grey Goose Vodka for about $12. The lemonade doesn’t taste artificial and you’ll watch them measure out the vodka in a jigger so you know you’re getting your money’s worth.
The Erdinger Dunkel is available on draft in the Germany Pavilion at a number of outlets, including the beer stand inside the Pavilion and Sommerfest. It’s my choice for the best beer offered among the selections that include Schofferhofer Hefeweizen and Altenmunster Oktoberfest. The Schofferhofer is the most refreshing, but you won’t ever hear me recommending something that comes in at 2.5% ABV. The Oktoberfest does a nice job of towing the line between flavor and drinkability.
Over at Fife & Drum Tavern, there’s a Motorworks Lavender Ale that will probably be on the menu just through the end of the Flower and Garden Festival.
And I liked this Scottish Ale pretty well with its sweet aroma and the earthy, floral character of the lavender showing through from start to finish.
Very refreshing in the heat, and, considering it’s from a small brewery in Bradenton, Florida, relatively rare on draft.
Bloody Mary Bars are a popular brunch staple these days.
This one offered at California Grill on Sundays offers a variety of vodka choices, in addition to being able to add five condiments with things like jumbo shrimp and bacon.
This bad boy is complimentary at Narcoossee’s brunch – not as many accompaniment choices, but still a nice offering with the crab leg, bacon, shrimp, olive, and celery stick.
At Paddlefish, the long crab leg is the star of the show.
Epcot is interested in none of these things, instead opting to top their Bloody Mary with chicken nuggets.
Yes indeed. And honestly, the drink itself was pretty good. Like most Disney cocktails, there’s only an ounce of vodka in it, but the mix was appropriately spicy and the thinness of it made it easy to drink. If there is one thing Disney does well, it’s chicken nuggets, and the ones served here are above average – packed with chicken with a thin, crispy fried coating. It’s not exactly a “must buy” but it makes for a funny picture.
It’s available here at Refreshment Port on the walk into Canada.
Here’s the bright Desert Rose from the Taste of Marrakesh booth for Flower and Garden. All alcohol, the sparkling wine mixes nicely with the pomegranate liqueur to produce a drink very similar to what you’ll find in France. Very good, albeit pricing remains rough at $8.
Available from Fleur de Lys in the France Pavilion, La Vie En Rose is always a popular drink during Flower and Garden.
I also tried the “C’est La Vie,” which is a blend of chardonnay and sauvignon. Hopefully I can repurpose it for the white wine at the fall festival. It tasted like wine.
If volume is what you’re after, the $10 Italian Margarita from Primavera Kitchen in Italy is a good choice during the Flower and Garden Festival. It’s far less sweet than the majority of the other frozen cocktails, but still has a lingering sweetness from the lemon. Very good overall, though it doesn’t pack much of a punch.
As always, those looking to keep the buzz alive are best served sticking to the larger draft beers available from the various carts and kiosks around World Showcase. It would probably be prudent to update the massive “Drink Around the World” post.