REVIEW: Neil Patrick Harris Margarita at Epcot

A new addition to the La Cava del Tequila is grabbing the attention of not only guests visiting the location, but Disney fans online and planning their upcoming trips too. A new Neil Patrick Harris margarita has hit the menu called the Black Magic. So…is this drink legendary or a swing and a miss? We decided to head out to Epcot to give it a try ourselves!

‘Black Magic’ Neil Patrick Harris Margarita – $21

Mezcal, blackberry puree, cassis liqueur, lime and mint. Served frozen.

Ok, the ingredients sound good enough to brave a potentially long line a La Cava del Tequila. Before we get into the flavor (and it’s pretty refreshing!), we have to talk about La Cava for a minute. While the majority opinion seems to be quite positive for the location, we think that it’s overhyped. Most of the popular drinks are going to be pre-made and served from an industrial jug instead of created right in front of you. Maybe it’s done this way to be more efficient, but our opinion is that for the price that you’re paying for a drink, it should be mixed and crafted for you, not just for the masses.

Another pre-made drink sitting in a pitcher to the right…waiting to be ordered

Unfortunately, this drink suffers the same fate as any other popular drink there. When we ordered it, the bartender simply went over to one of four premade blender pitchers full of the blend and poured it out. I suppose that’s more forgivable for a “frozen” drink instead of a cocktail, but the end product was so bad that I doubt Neil Patrick Harris would be happy to have his name attached. The frozen mixture in the blender pitcher had presumably sat so long that it began to separate, resulting in more of a watery drink than anything close to a slushy. The worst part was that it wasn’t even blended properly. Throughout the drink, we encountered no less than 8 ice cubes in our “frozen”, watery blend.

As for the flavors of the drink itself, we’re happy to say that it’s quite refreshing! It’s far from “strong” in alcoholic taste, but it goes down very easy and you will feel it, believe me. The blackberry puree was nice a fruity and carried the flavor profile of the drink. Served with care, this would actually be an amazing option for a warm summer stroll around World Showcase or enjoyed in the air conditioning of the Mexico pavilion. Unfortunately, it’s sold at La Cava del Tequila, and unless they change how they’ve been making drinks for years, we can’t recommend you spend any money there, much less a relatively steep $21 for an otherwise smartly crafted frozen margarita.

Mike is the owner and writer for Visiting the parks daily allows him to keep up with the latest Disney news, reviews, and photos from around the Disney Parks

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