Looking for a unique margarita? Well, look no further than La Cava del Tequila!
Tucked inside Epcot’s gorgeous Mexico Pavilion, this cozy tequila house was once considered something of a hidden gem. While it’s definitely still a gem, it can no longer really be considered “hidden,” judging by the lines that can easily extend out the door. In fact, these lines were likely part of the recent change in hours for La Cava, which now opens at 11:30 am (as opposed to the previous Noon opening). AND you can grab a quick ‘rita after Illuminations if you’d like; closing time has now been extended to 9:30 pm.
La Cava has well-earned a solid reputation for its impressive selection of tequila, some freaking amazing Queso, and a staff with passion and knowledge about all things related to tequila as well as creative margarita concoctions.
And what’s better than a margarita from La Cava? Why, that would be TWO margaritas from La Cava!
So join me as I try an old favorite — the Blood Orange Margarita — along with a newer selection that was just begging for a taste test: the Beet Margarita.
But first… remember those lines I mentioned? These days, this joint is pretty much always jumpin’… the shot below serves as an example of the packed house on my recent visit.
But never fear, margarita and tequila seekers! You can join the line anytime of day (I think you’ll be surprised by how quickly it moves) and place your order at the beautifully lit bar, which showcases La Cava’s brag-worthy tequila collection. (You CAN, of course, wait for a table if you’d like; but orders at the bar are to-go only when it’s this busy.)
Over 200 varieties of tequila are on offer as well as flights for those just beginning their tequila education.
Of course, today we’re sampling two margaritas from the margarita menu. You’ll notice the Maelstrom Margarita made the long-term cut joining other favorites like the Avocado, Horchata, and one I found to be an especially pleasant surprise on a previous visit: the Tamarind Margarita.
The Beet Margarita is a more recent addition, and since I wasn’t sure what I would think of it (if the word “beet” makes you hesitate, you’re not alone), I also grabbed a tried and true standby: the Blood Orange Margarita.
The Beet Margarita is a combination of beet juice, ginger liquor, fresh lime, agave nectar, and — just like all the margaritas on the menu — premium 100% agave tequila. It’s served on the rocks with a rim of poblano pepper salt.
Straight up: you’ve gotta harbor a serious love for beets to enjoy this one; it was really the only flavor I picked up on, which was something of a bummer since the ginger liquor sounded promising.
But did I like it? Well, let’s just say I’m happy I had the Blood Orange Margarita to fall back on.
Here the 100% agave tequila is combined with orange liqueur and blood orange juice on the rocks. The Tajin chili powder rim is paired with a topper of wild berry foam, which serves to bring out the berry-like flavor of the blood orange.
Now THIS one… I love it. The flavor is just so distinctive and strong, and the Tajin chili powder rim really adds an extra punch. Delicious!
I’m all for venturing outside of my comfort zone, but I’m also glad I had the opportunity to enjoy an old favorite. And even if the ultimate lesson on this trip was that Beet Margaritas aren’t exactly my thing, I still gotta give points for creativity, because I know few places in or even outside of Disney World that take so much care and pride in producing quality beverages for their guests than La Cava. So as always, I’ll be looking forward to seeing — and tasting — whatever they come up with next!
Would you be up for trying the Beet Margarita? Please let us know with a comment below!
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