Rita’s Grand Margarita @ Rita’s Baja Blenders

Price: $8.25

When: January 10, 2016, 12:45 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Rita’s Baja Blenders is a quick-service restaurant in the Pacific Wharf section of California Adventure. Rita’s is more a kiosk than a restaurant – think of it as the Pacific Wharf version of a Cozy Cone Motel. They sell three main items, all beverages: “Rita’s Grand Margarita,” “Rita’s Margarita,” and “The Tropicool” (which is non-alcoholic).

Hey, it’s past noon on a Sunday. I’m in a theme park. Let’s give the ‘ol Grand Margarita a spin.

First up: presentation. This is basically a light-green alcoholic Slurpee, served in a medium-sized plastic cup. It feels very “backyard frat party” if you know what I mean. The only detail classsing it up is the salt on the rim. Which isn’t saying a lot, admittedly.

Second: flavor. Just OK. Everything comes straight out of a machine, and it has a very mild margarita flavor with a slight boozy undertone. (I don’t know how much alcohol is actually in this beverage, but I’m guessing it’s not a lot.)

Third: effort. This is not an easy drink to enjoy. It’s too cold, for starters, which means the beverage is more solid than liquid. This isn’t something you sip or “knock back”; instead, you insert your straw, suck really hard to get some margarita flavor into your mouth, and then repeat. It’s like drilling for core samples in Arctic ice. (Only you run the risk of brain freeze if you do it too quickly.)

In sum, I don’t recommend this. When I bought it, I had visions of myself strolling Paradise Pier, and enjoying a small bit of boozy decadence. Instead, I found myself with a weak drink that was waaaaaay too much effort to be enjoyable. Skip it.