Happy NATIONAL MOJITO DAY, EVERYONE!! OK, I’ll be honest. We’d PLANNED to share this post with you on the ACTUAL National Mojito Day, but a big news item came up and we had to bump it. So this is our STAND-IN National Mojito Day. I hope that works for you. 😀
Still, crazy how time flies, isn’t it? I remember last Mojito Day like it was yesterday! It feels like I was just putting up my Mojito Tree, baking mojito cookies and singing all my favorite mojito carols…
Oh, wait, was that just me?
Anyway, on this day as we gather with family and friends to celebrate Mojitos all around the world ;), we thought we’d show you a mojito in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion that has more than a bit of a twist… the Pomegranate Lime Frozen Mojito found at La Cantina de San Angel.
The drink serving is huge – it fills every inch of the glass and beyond, as you can see. (At $11.50, I should hope so.) As a bonus, it’s also looks terrific!
A traditional Mojito is a mix of fresh mint, lime, club soda, sugar, and white rum on the rocks. The Pomegranate Lime Frozen Mojito has… well, it’s got lime 🙂 . And pomegranate!
Tequila – as opposed to rum – is the featured liquor here, and I can’t say I picked up one hint of mint. What I did pick up on was a refreshing blast of cold, fruity sweetness nicely balanced by the tart lime.
For all my joking about Mojito Day traditions, I’m actually not a huge mojito fan myself, so this version is far more up my alley.
You know what goes well with a tart-and-sweet beverage like this? Something
salty. Better yet, something salty and cheesy… I paired mine with the Empanada de Queso (cheese empanadas).
I mean, it’s melted cheese in fried dough… what more could you want?
As the menu mentions, the empanadas are topped with green sauce, queso, and Mexican cream. While the description makes it sound like it will be swimming in sauce, it’s really just a touch to add a nice bit of extra flavor.
I also got a side of refried beans. If you haven’t had the refried beans at La Cantina, they’re a little different from what you might expect, since they are refried black beans. I used the beans as a dip for my chips. But the serving remained largely untouched since the portion was huge, especially when served with an already rich entrée.
All in all, my meal was a nice mix of traditional cuisine and something unique and unexpected — a combo you can really aim for in any World Showcase Pavilion.
Until next time, adios from the Mexico Pavilion! Oh, and a Happy (belated) National Mojito Day to you and yours 😉 !
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