It’s time to pay some homage to the little kiosk that could. The Margarita stand in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion has been churning out frozen drinks for years and years. The location and menu have changed, but the delivery is still the same — a plastic cup filled with a strong, cold, kind of…bad…margarita.
OK, now before you start to argue, let’s look at the facts: since La Cava del Tequila moved in next store, the difference between the fiesta margarita from the Epcot kiosk and an aguacate, pineapple, or even jalapeno margarita from La Cava is pretty stark, right? The flavors and depth of the drinks from La Cava just blow that little frozen margarita out of the water.
But I will admit, the Margarita stand does have its plusses:
- It’s convenient. You might have to wait in line, but you’ll rarely have to battle the crowds that can form in La Cava del Tequila inside the Mexican pavilion.
- Those suckers are strong! If you just got to Epcot and would like to “feel the burn” by the time you’re in China, a Margarita stand drink will do it for you.
- And my favorite reason — from DFB contributor Sarah Holodick — “Margarita stand margaritas are like the plastic cheese of cheeses. Yeah, they’re not high quality and are loaded with chemicals, but are they not a fun guilty pleasure?” That, they are.
Speaking of Sarah, we were touring Epcot back in January when we decided (after a zip through the Mission:Space Orange Line) that it was time for a margarita kiosk drink. I’ll admit, I hadn’t been there for a while and was expecting the margaritas to have taken a page out of the La Cava book and become more high-quality. But, for better or for worse, while the menu had expanded, the drinks were much the same quality as my last visit several years back.
But before we get to the drinks, let’s take a look at the menu. On our visit, this was the menu, which I also saw on a recent blog post by my friend, Andy:
And when Sarah returned this past week, this was the menu:
I know that it’s gone through multiple “refurbs” in recent history, so I can’t promise it’s going to look anything like either of these when you next visit! As Sarah said,
I’ll have to keep a chart of how often changes occur to the stand menu. The blue margarita used to be made with Patron when it was first intro’d, hence the high price; but that didn’t last long (although they still had a bottle of Patron sitting out last night). And they’ve used different flavors of salt. The last time I ordered the blue, they only had plain salt, which I only found out after the fact. The other margs, last I heard, are made with Sauza.
So Sarah and I quickly made our choices — classic strawberry for her, and the Midnight Blue Margarita (a new and different choice!) for me. And…. drumroll please…. they were pretty standard. The moral of the story with margaritas from the margarita kiosk is: they may not taste like the best drinks in the World, but if drinking around the World is your goal, they’ve always been a staple and they serve their purpose well.
I welcome your opinions and thoughts about the taste of these margaritas, but don’t let your nostalgia for the margarita kiosk get in the way. Taste. We’re talking about taste.
Now, interestingly, we also saw several bags of Churritos sitting on the counter at the margarita kiosk. Neither of us had ever tried a Churrito, so we figured now was as good a time as any!
For those who haven’t seen these spicy snacks, they basically look like little red worms. They’re puffed corn flavored with Guajillo chili pepper.
These ones happened to have a little lime flavoring to them as well. I think we both had an open mind when we tried them, but neither of us fell in love with the taste. The Churritos went home with Sarah, but I don’t think they got too much use over there.
All in all, the visit to the Mexico margarita stand was good for the soul (it is a nostalgic stop for many of us), but not outstanding by taste-standards. But I’m OK with that. As Sarah says, it’s a great guilty pleasure to stop by the stand, grab a drink, and wander through the beautiful countries of Epcot. A joy indeed.