Review: New Sake Mists at Kabuki Cafe in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

We’re coming to you today from Kabuki Cafe!

This pretty but understated snack stand in Epcot’s beautiful Japan Pavilion is easy to pass by, unless you know about Kakigori — the Japanese Shaved Ice that is Kabuki Cafe’s star treat (it’s also a spot to grab a super quick Sushi snack for your Showcase stroll).

Fans of Kakigori know that the Shaved Ice typically comes in your choice of fruit flavors like Strawberry, Melon, Cherry, or Tangerine (or you can try ‘em all with the Rainbow option). You can get it with or without the Sweet Milk Topping, but that’s about the only twist available to this classic icy cold snack.

Until now… thanks to the addition of Sake Mists to the menu!

Kabuki Cafe

Kabuki Cafe

Unlike the regular Kakigori, these drinks — as you’ve likely deduced from the name — are for adults only. They pair the Shaved Ice with alcohol, and Blood Orange, Chocolate Cherry, and Coffee are your flavor choices.

Kabuki Cafe menu

Kabuki Cafe menu

We got the Blood Orange and the Chocolate Cherry, but the process is the same for all three versions of the Mists. The mixture that is poured over the ice is pre-mixed, as opposed to a free poured sake floater added with the syrups.

Blood Orange and Chocolate Cherry Sake Mists

Blood Orange and Chocolate Cherry Sake Mists

I loved the Blood Orange Sake Mist, and I’m not even that big into sake, typically!

Blood Orange Sake Mist

Blood Orange Sake Mist

The sweet-and-slightly-tart orange worked really well with the dry taste of the sake.

Blood Orange Sake Mist

Blood Orange Sake Mist

The Chocolate Cherry Sake Mist, on the other hand, was definitely not a hit. It tasted VERY syrupy, and I didn’t think the chocolate translated well into a beverage syrup. Add to that the cherry flavor, which had the effect of making the already not great chocolate taste more like a kid’s cough medicine.

Chocolate Cherry Sake Mist

Chocolate Cherry Sake Mist

I’d say stick with the more typical fruity version offered here, and if you enjoy sake — or Kakigori — you might find this to be an extra fun treat… if you’re 21 or over, that is ;) . At any rate, it’s kind of fun to see them changing things up at Kabuki Cafe. And if you’re looking for a new drink from Japan for your next Drinking Around the World tour, the Sake Mist could be a great new candidate!

Would you like to try a Sake Mist? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Beth W. says

    My sister-in-law and I had the Blood Orange Sake Mist in early June (it was 97 degrees and 90% humidity…I swear!) and it was absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in Disney World!! So refreshing and delicious! It cooled us down and our hubbies were so jealous when they saw us inhaling them!

  2. Essie says

    I’ll probably stick with the rainbow Kakigori. I enjoy that on every just trip, but I’ve never tried it with the sweet milk. Maybe on my next trip I will!

  3. Molly says

    The coffee and chocolate cherry flavors seem really odd to me (I’d think fruity flavors like the regular kakigori would do better), but I’m excited to try the blood orange in September!

  4. Patricia C says

    I can’t wait to try these! In all my years going to Disney, I never had one! I’d like to try the blood orange flavor but I’m intrigued by this “rainbow” flavor I keep reading about…what does it taste like!? Also — the sake bar in the back of that store in Japan is the BEST.

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