It’s baaaack!! As expected, and for third year in a row, the Epcot Germany kiosk selling warm, spicy glühwein for the 2012 holiday season. But this year it’s bigger and better than ever!
In the past, it’s been a great little place to grab a glühwein (mulled red wine) or Radeburger Pilsner. This year, the offerings have been expanded and the kiosk has a brand new name: Prost!
Situated on the edge of the Germany Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, you’ll find Prost across the walkway from the World Showcase Lagoon, set back in the same area where the German Marketplace was located this year for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
To the left of the kiosk is a seating area, and to the left of that is the Glaskugel selling hand-made glass ornaments!
This seating area (over by the giant nutcracker) is also where the Germany storyteller shares fun and historical holiday tales throughout the season.
But I was really interested to see what Prost was offering this year besides mulled wine and beer! Just walking up to the kiosk I knew it was going to be good!
Eats and Sips
Turns out, there was a much expanded offering here this year. With a wine bar menu as well a nice assortment of sweets from Karamelle-Küche, there are also a couple of new drink treats that I had never seen before. More about that in a minute.
We sampled three of the brand new offerings on the menu!
And here’s the awesome news: if you like any of the spirits offered here — Nürnberger Markt Glühwein, Schonauer Apfel Schnapps, or William’s Punch — you can take a bottle home!
Fans of the stand’s original offering — mulled wine served hot with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus — will be happy to see it return. The full-bodied wine is a mix of sweet and spice, served at around 170 degrees. It’s the perfect cup of cheer to warm you up on chilly Florida nights!
You’ll also find some pre-packaged Werther’s Original candies and caramel popcorn, as well as some other fun German finds.
And if you’re looking for a sweet snack and don’t want to stand in line at Karamelle-Küche, you’ll be happy to find some of their best sellers right here, like their Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie and their Caramel with Milk Chocolate and Sea Salt.
And now, onto what we actually sampled during our visit!
Spiced German Tea
The first drink I sampled was the Spiced German Tea. Here, you get a glimpse of it before the whipped cream is added.
Generous amounts of whipped cream are piled on top — the perfect way to sweeten up a spicy drink!
The drizzle of Werther’s caramel added to the top makes this apple-flavored tea more of a caramel apple!
The finished product is beautiful and delicious! It’s the perfect non-alcoholic warmer-upper as you stroll around World Showcase and enjoy the holiday sights and sounds.
And the flavor is very apple-y — it’s not a weak, watery tea as you may expect. It’s actually quite robust, and I would highly recommend it.
Hot Salted Caramel
But while it was good, this next one was even better!! Introducing, the Hot Salted Caramel. This was completely amazing.
I read the board wrong at first and thought it was cocoa. But no. It’s pretty much just straight up melted caramel with the perfect hint of saltiness.
Fantastic, and exceedingly rich. It’s so good that I raved to my friend later that evening that she had to get one! The drink looks thin in the photo, but it’s actually quite thick.
Really, the Epcot food and beverage team knocked one out of the park this time. Both of these drinks are incredible!
The fearless Erin Foster also visited this kiosk recently and added her two cents regarding the NEW William’s Punch:
I had never heard of William’s Punch. I asked Lena, the cast member at the booth, what it was and she answered that it was “like eggnog with whipped cream.” I love eggnog. I love whipped cream. What could be better?
As it turns out, lovely Lena neglected to mention that this is a hot beverage, so I was surprised to find that the mug was warm when I picked it up.
It took me a few sips to get into it, but once I wrapped my mind around the warm dessert drink concept, I found Williams’s Punch to be positively dreamy.
There were definite caramel and apple notes to it. With the sweet whipped cream, I felt like I was sipping on a bright, boozy caramel apple. (Again, what could be better?)
Since I was trying it on a warm afternoon, I didn’t end up finishing my drink; but if you’re headed over to wait for the Candlelight Processional on a cool evening, this would be the perfect accompaniment.
Special holiday treats are a staple of Walt Disney World, and the expanded Prost! kiosk is a welcome addition!
There’s been something so cheering about those warm and inviting signs in the past couple of years, and with the additions of the various wines and caramel treats, it seems that this spot is becoming an annual Christmas tradition. Here’s hoping we see it in 2013 as well!
Which one of these beverages would you choose first? Let us know in the comments below!