When Disney announced that Epcot was going to have an after hours event we knew we had to try it, and when we heard La Cava De Tequila was going to be one of the options we knew which one we had to try first.
We arrived a little early and found ourself a good seat at La Cava while it was still empty (yeah it is actually empty just you and the other guests doing the event). When we sat down slowly 3 tall glasses of tequila were brought out along with two other normal shot glasses one with vodka and the other mescal. They also brought out Tostada de Tinga (chicken tostada), Tlycoyo de Puerco (pork on grilled corn dough), and Ceviche Acapulceno (mexican style shrimp cocktail). Everything looked amazing and then our teacher for the night came out and let us know that we would get to the food and drinks soon but first we had to learn about how tequila is made and where it comes from. I won’t spoil the history and process of making tequila but it was very interesting to learn and made
my anticipation grow for actually tasting a tequila rather than just throwing it back.
Finally, it was time to try one of each type of tequila; blanco, respado, and anejo. We began by tossing back the shot of vodka to clear our palates and then began to learn about the differences between the 3. The blanco is the clear tequila and is put in the bottle immediately. The respado (rested) is put in a barrel for 1 year or less to give it a little bit a gold color and adds a slight oak flavor to the tequila. The anejo (aged) is left in the barrels for 1-3 years and it develops a very dark brown color and makes for a very complex flavor.
We learned to swirl the tequila just like wine and watch for the tears of the tequila. Then you take a deep breath and take a sip and let the tequila move all around your mouth for a very different flavor and really helps take the edge off of the tequila. I was a tequila lover before I tried this but learning how to properly drink a good tequila has changed the way I look at it and now I enjoy it even more. Little did I know salt and lime is not at all necessary when drinking a 100% agave tequila. After drinking all of the tequilas I came to the conclusion that the blanco was far and away my favorite, it had sure a smooth, pure taste to it. Victoria liked the respado the most because of its mellow after tastes.
Finally we were able to drink the mescal and let me just say worst drink I’ve ever had in my life. They were showing us that the drinks with the worms are not tequila and I can tell why. I could taste the smokey flavor of the mescal the next morning when I woke up.
On to the food. Your first go around on the tequila was just a small sip and then you were able to pair up food to tequilas. The Ceviche Acapulceno paired with the blanco and was a really interesting dish that had a very light fresh flavor that paired well with the smoothest and lightest tequila. The tostada paired with the respado and I think this may have been both of our favorite of the foods. I loved the chicken over refried beans and the chipotle sauce on top was amazing! The Tlycoyo de Puerco was excellent as well, the pork was so tender and I love the corn bread type thing it was served on.
After you are finished you are brought out chips and guac at no extra charge and you can still order drinks from the bar! Having La Cava de Tequila to yourself is worth the price of admission in and of itself. Afterwards we hung out for a little while ate our chips and drank our margaritas before heading out to a completely empty Epcot.
Walking out of La Cava seeing the Mexico Pavilion empty
was awesome but walking out into an Empty World Showcase is something I will never forget. The music still plays, the pavilions and Spaceship Earth are still lit up, it is truly something a Disney Lover MUST DO! Again just this alone is worth the price of admission.
If you aren’t sure about doing this event or aren’t sure where to go, you should absolutely do it and do it at La Cava!
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