This is really more of a snack/drink post, as that is what La Cava del Tequila sells. Located in the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot, La Cava del Tequila is a must try.
Depending on your Epcot strategy, you can walk from the front gate of Epcot to the gigantic lake, and take either a right or left into the World Showcase. If you take a left, you walk into the Mexico Pavilion. If you take a right, you’ll hit the Canada Pavilion first. While the Canada Pavilion does have a kiosk serving one of the best rated beers in the world according to Beer Advocate, La Fin du Monde by Unibroue, I recommend going left to Mexico and ending at Canada. This is partially because the Canada Pavilion is otherwise boring, with the exception of the 360 video featuring Canada’s own Martin Short. If you’re into Martin Short, thats fun…?
Once you take the recommended left hand turn into the World Showcase, you’re greeted with the gigantic mesoamerican pyramid that is the main focus of the area. The Mexico Pavilion actually has a huge amount of food and drink choices. Outside the pyramid there is La Cantina de San Angel, a quick-service spot right on the water with tacos, nachos, etc. We’ve gotten nachos from here before and while they are definitely gigantic, I didn’t think they were anything to write home about. They were the type with liquid cheese, canned jalapeños, etc. There is also a sit-down restaurant outside the pyramid, La Hacienda de San Angel, which we have always wanted to try but never have because we always end up at La Cava del Tequila. Inside the pyramid, there is another sit-down restaurant, The San Angel Inn, that overlooks the Gran Fiesta Tour (or the Mexico boat ride as most people call it). If you’re there during the Food and Wine Festival, that means you get to sit and eat your lunch or dinner while watching drunken adults get really overly excited on the boat ride. They will probably wave. Excitedly.
The final food/drink option is La Cava del Tequila, located inside the pyramid on your right as you come in. You’ll know you found it due to the giant line of people standing outside. These people are waiting for drinks to go. Skip all of them and walk up to the host or hostess and ask for a table. If there are two of you, you’ll probably get in and sit faster than all those people waiting in line. I’ve seen parties of 8 get seated in 20 minutes during the Food and Wine Festival when there was a line of at least 50 people reaching outside the pyramid.
La Cava del Tequila sells, obviously, a lot of different tequilas. They also have margaritas. What most people don’t know is that they also serve some food options to go with your tequila-based beverage of choice.
We have sampled two margaritas. The Passion Fruit (tequila, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar, fresh lime juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks with a Tajín chili powder rim) and the Hibiscus (tequila, hibiscus juice, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, elderflower liquor and pomegranate liquor served on the rocks with a hibiscus salt rim).
I’m going to be honest. I hate tequila. I had a very bad and also incredibly stereotypical experience in college with a bottle of Jose Cuervo where two friends of mine and I drunkenly yelled “YOU’RE AWESOME” “NO, YOU’RE AWESOME-ER” for 20 minutes before all simultaneously puking from said tequila. Regardless of this ridiculous memory, I love the Hibiscus Margarita. Mainly, because you cant taste the tequila, and the flavors work really well together between the bitterness of the tequila and the sweetness/tartness of the hibiscus and pomegranate. The only thing that I prefer about the Passion Fruit Margarita is the chili powder rim.
You should also definitely get the queso blanco (warm white nacho cheese with pico de gallo sauce and tortilla chips). You’re going to be super tempted to get the trio (tortilla chips served with salsa, queso, and guacamole). But, know that the queso blanco actually comes with salsa as well. The only thing you’re going to miss is the guacamole, and you probably wont miss it that much. This is seriously a GIANT AMOUNT of chips, salsa, and queso. Guys, this is the perfect compliment to that margarita you’re drinking. Its amazing. Just trust me.
So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on La Cava del Tequila in the World Showcase at Epcot?
Go. Seriously. Just go. Sit inside, skip the line of people waiting for margaritas to go. You’ll have a much better time and its a nice break from the sun and the people. I will say its usually full of adults and couples, I’m assuming that kids are not a fan of sitting in what is essentially a tequila cave watching their parents drink a margarita. So, if you are an adult or couple, DEFINITELY go.