When: May 20, 2017, 11:50 AM
Verdict? Not recommended
We’re at the Blue Bayou Restaurant for lunch on a crazy, busy Saturday.
Our group has been bopping around the parks since rope drop. We’ve hit a handful of E-Tickets, walked thousands of steps, and are feeling the first tingles of sun overexposure. So: time for some refreshment.
Disneyland is “dry” park, so the Bayou doesn’t serve alcohol. That means beer is out. So are cocktails. I sigh, flip to the back of the menu, and locate the “specialty beverages.” Turns out there are two.
Option #1: Mint Julep. No thanks.
Option #2: Louisiana Lemonade. The menu describes it as “Minute Maid Light Lemonade and Sprite with flavors of Mango and Raspberry.” It also comes with a “souvenir glow cube.”
Sounds like we have a winner. Let’s go for it.
The drink arrives in a tall glass, with ice. It’s a clear liquid, but the “souvenir glow cube” changes colors every few seconds. (To put it politely, this made it, uh, challenging to photograph.)
I take a sip.
It’s much, much sweeter than expected. Despite the “Lemonade” name, there’s no lemon flavor to speak of. Instead, it’s just sugary. Vaguely fruit-flavored. And, thanks to the glow cube, it emits random colors like a bad nightclub.
This is very reminiscent of my experience with the Mint Julep. The initial few sips? Not bad. Every sip after that? A chore. The flavor profile is shallow, and overstays its welcome. Everyone in our group tried it; responses ranged from “it’s just OK” to “that tastes like cough syrup.” Nobody was impressed.