National Tequila Day at Walt Disney World
The triple sec and sweetened lemon/lime juices are what make margaritas taste good, but it’s the tequila that makes them feel good. Frozen, on the rocks, shaken, stirred; however you like yours, I can’t think of a better day to review some of the Margaritas available on National Tequila Day at Walt Disney World! I’m lucky in that I get to visit the Parks on a pretty regular basis, but whenever I go, I always seek out wine and, when applicable, limited edition Festival drinks before any that feature tequila, and if you’d asked me at the beginning of this year, I wouldn’t know where to point you if you asked for a margarita recommendation.
Tequila is by and large one of my least favorite hard liquors, and until this past spring when I traveled to Walt Disney World with a very close tequila-loving friend, I’d never even had one sip of a margarita on property! If you like tequila, I can send you my friend’s number, because this girl’s drink of choice from day one has been a classic frozen margarita. Anywhere the drink was featured, at any time of the day, she ordered one on that vacation, and being the great friend that I am, I couldn’t let her drink alone! My eyes have been opened to a whole new world of tequila-based drinks ever since that trip, and since I completed a full tasting of each of the below offerings, I’m more than confident to recommend the following drinks for National Tequila Day!
Its name literally translates to “the tequila cave”, so skipping this stop on National Tequila Day is NOT an option! Situated inside the Mayan Pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion is where you’ll find the tiny, hole-in-the-wall tequila bar famous for its fast-talking bartenders and strong margaritas. The décor inside La Cava harkens back to ancient Mexico and features artifacts and artwork that sets the mood beautifully, but we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge that t’s the rapid-fire tequila pouring that makes this spot so famous. The Pineapple/Black Ant Salt Margarita is absolutely delicious, though when I visited with my friend, I opted for the no-frills tequila flight. If you like to sniff, swirl, and savor good quality liquors like me, order the flight!
Known for live music, its open air patio, island inspired eats, and a true ‘vacation’ atmosphere, it wouldn’t be right to leave Paradiso 37 off the list. Paradiso 37 is one of those places you can visit on every Disney trip and you’ll still never be able to try all of the drinks on their menu! I have a few favorites, but since this article is all about the margarita, you’ve got to go for the Orlando Sunrise. It’s a simple mix of Orange Juice and orange flavored liquor. Oh, and some tequila too. Last time I visited I ordered one of these, and the warm breeze from the water mixed with the sweetness of the cocktail sent me into tropical paradise overload. If you want to remember your waterfront-sipping extravaganza, you can order the drink in a souvenir glass.
This is the one and probably only time I will ever recommend Frontera Cocina. I’ve eaten at the restaurant in the past and my food experience was, to put it lightly, not great. Since that meal I’d like to forget, I’ve admittedly returned to the restaurant, and if it weren’t for my friend dragging me by my MagicBand (they really snap on tight!), I don’t think I would have ever set foot through those doors again. Since I’m writing about it, you’re correct if you gathered that my second trip was better, and it has everything to do with the Margarita de Naranja Rosa from the bar. You don’t need to order any food to enjoy this sweet and tangy margarita that features blood orange juice and a classic salt rim to counter balance the sweetness. It’s the perfect drink to order on a hot Disney Springs day!
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
I’m not going to try to pretend that I don’t use any and every excuse I can muster to go to Trader Sam’s at the Polynesian. If you’ve never been and won’t be at the Resort for National Tequila Day, you should absolutely make it a point to visit when you are on property, because the dimly lit, tiki-themed environment is one that is too much fun to skip. Complete with more island-themed décor than you can imagine, the raucous wait staff hilariously serves fantastic, highly themed drinks to the guests in the tiny bar. I usually always go for the rum flight, but when my friend ordered Rosita’s Margarita, I made sure to steal a sip or two when she went to the restroom. Sweet, check. Refreshing, check. Tequila, check!
Choza de Margarita
Finally, I’ve saved the newest spot for last. Choza de Margarita opened just a few months ago, just in time to work out the kinks for national tequila day! This new outdoor hot spot is located at the foot of the Aztec pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot, and it’s throwing down some pretty serious margaritas. The forecast for the holiday is calling for heat, so a frozen margarita is the way to go! They have three on the menu (wild strawberry, lime, and passion mango) and when I visited, I couldn’t pick just one! Lucky for us, Choza de Margarita offers a Fiesta marg that combines all three of the frozen flavors! As if the presentation weren’t pretty enough, sip it as you stroll around World Showcase for gorgeous views as you celebrate the most important holiday of the year…national margarita day! Have you tried any of these featured drinks? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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Special thanks to Maria Salerno for writing this article: Hiya pal! I am a NYC-based writer/musician thrilled to be bringing you all things Disney! I’m a WDW Annual Passholder, so you can find me in the parks regularly throughout the year. In addition to being a Disney Parks loving girl, I’m also a Disney toy and merchandise collector, a runDisney enthusiast, and Disney music and movie aficionado. You can follow me on Instagram: NYCtoAP and find me on YouTube: NYCtoAP. Thanks for reading, hope to see ya real soon!