One of the most fun things to do at Disney as an adult is the Drinking Around the World Challenge. You can do this leisurely with your best friend or you can go full on competition with a group of your friends. People get really pumped about this and is one of the most fun things to do in Epcot. If you’re not into partaking in alcoholic beverages, you could always try your hand at Eating Around the World.
What is the challenge, exactly? Well, it’s pretty simple. Epcot’s World Showcase is comprised of 11 countries that house food and drinks from that specific country. The people who work in each pavilion are natives of the country they are representing. The challenge is that you start at either Mexico or Canada and drink one beverage from each country. It’s a lot harder than it looks! Especially in the summer.
I do not recommend this challenge in the summer months as the sun is hot and the humidity is brutal. When I went to Disney this past May, I attempted this and ended up not feeling well because the sun was taking its toll on me. Florida’s cooler months (November through April) are the best times to attempt this challenge.
I have compiled a list of my favorite drinks from each country. If you ever get a chance to spend a day in Epcot, I recommend this challenge. I always have an absolute blast! Just keep in mind that it WILL be 11 drinks. I recommend starting pretty early in the day and spacing out your drinks over the course of 7 or 8 hours. Ride all of the rides you want to in the morning and then start the challenge at around noon. If you get visibly too drunk, you can get banned from Disney. I always like to grab a drink, and then sip it as I explore each pavilion. There are children around, so keep it classy!
One more recommendation: Start your day in Mexico and end your challenge in Canada to avoid the most crowds. Also, drink A LOT of water!
1. Mexico: Cucumber Margarita – $15
The cucumber margarita from La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico pavilion is absolutely delicious. I am a huge fan of all things cucumber and this is extremely refreshing on a warm day. This drink is comprised of Tequila Altos Reposado, Mezcal Gracias a Dios Espadin Blanco, caramelized pineapple juice, basil and cucumber served on the rocks with a Tajín chili powder rim.
2. Norway: Aass Pilsner – $8.25
Pronounced “Ouse”, this pilsner is a light, tasty beer for a warm day. You can find this at the Norway Beer Cart.
3. China: Baijoe Punch – $10.50
Made with Chinese Bai jiu spirit, Lychee, coconut, and pineapple. This drink is refreshing and delicious until the last few sips. The coconut and pineapple give it a soft, sweetness and then it gets really spicy. You can find this at the Joy of Tea kiosk in China.
4. Germany: Bärenjäger Honey & Bourbon – $10.25
I absolutely love bourbon. Throw honey into the mix, and you’re in heaven. If you’re a bourbon fan, I suggest trying the Bärenjäger Honey & Bourbon which can be found at the Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany pavilion.
5. Italy: Peach Bellini – $10
This prosecco and peach puree concoction can be found at the Italy kiosk. There isn’t a lot of alcohol in this one, but this is my absolute favorite thing to get in the World Showcase. 100/10 would recommend.
6. United States: Frozen Red Stag Lemonade – $12.25
This delicious black cherry bourbon lemonade can be found at Fife and Drum Tavern in the United States pavilion.
7. Japan: Tokyo Sunset – $8
I’m not usually one for fruity drinks because they are generally entirely too sweet, but Disney has a funny way of making me question everything I thought I knew about myself and this one was delicious. It is coconut rum, peach schnapps, banana liqueur, and pineapple juice. You can’t really taste the alcohol, which can make these bad boys dangerous. This one can be found at The Outdoor Sake Bar in Japan pavilion.
8. Morocco: Tangier’s Breeze – $10
The Tangier’s Breeze can be found at Spice Road Table in Morocco. It is made up of peach vodka, midori, and pineapple juice. Anything with pineapple juice is delicious.
9. France: The Grand Marnier Slush
This yummy drink is made up of Grand Marnier, rum, Grey Goose, and orange juice. You can find it at Les Vins des Chefs de France kiosk in the France pavilion.
10. United Kingdom: EVERYTHING!
Okay, ya’ll. This is where I do a lot of my drinking. The Rose and Crown Pub is my favorite place to drink in the World Showcase. They have soooo many good drinks here. I will list my top three favorites.
- Magical Star Cocktail – $12.50
This drink is X-Fusion Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, pineapple juice, and a souvenir glow cube.
2. Bumblebee Imperial Pint – $9.75
This beer is a blend of Boddingtons and Guinness. It is probably one of the best beers I have ever tasted in my life.
3. Leaping Leprechaun – $16.75
The Leaping Leprechaun is one of my favorite drinks in all of Disney. It is Don Q Cristal Rum, Skyy Vodka, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Melon Liqueur, and sweet-and-sour topped with Sprite. If you want it in a souvenir cup, you will pay a whopping $16.75.
11. Canada: Ottawa Apple – $12
The Ottawa Apple is a well-known drink in the US, but is still something to experience in the Canada pavilion as there aren’t many other options for Canada. Crown Royal Maple Whisky, apple infusion and cranberry juice make up this sweet drink and it can be found at the Popcorn stand.
There you have it! These are all of my favorite drinks in the World Showcase. Drinking Around the World is fun, but very expensive! Don’t push yourself to finish if you start to feel sick. Going to Disney is not cheap and you don’t want to ruin your day by drinking past a point of comfort.