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    I tried Red Lobster’s viral Mountain Dew ‘Dewgarita’ and it was a real-life monstrosity

    Linh Ta

    2020-10-18T12: 50: 00Z

    • Red Lobster is offering a limited-release of its “Dewgarita” at select restaurants this month. The seafood chain promises a wide-release by the end of the year.
    • The alcoholic Mountain Dew drink is taking the internet by storm as people gawk at the nuclear-colored concoction.
    • I tried the new margarita and was disappointed by its lack of Mountain Dew and overall flavor.
    • Many food chains are debuting bizarre creations that they hope will lure customers in, but I think they’ll have to try a little bit harder to make something actually good if they want them to keep coming back.
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    1. Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    In a collaboration that puts even the weirdest cafeteria dare to shame, Pepsi and Red Lobster are rolling out a new drink known as the “Dewgarita.” 

    The green, alcoholic concoction is one part Mountain Dew, one part tequila, but mostly, it’s a head-scratching viral talker that has piqued the curiosities of millennial social media. 

    As the seafood chain endures its “most challenging time,” due to mandatory shutdowns and limited dine-in services, the company is exploring “strategic options” as it tries to keep its doors open despite sale losses, according to FSR Magazine.

    It appears the absurd, $10 Mountain Dew and margarita mixture may be a move to boost foot traffic as restaurants nationwide rely on alcohol sales and the growing popularity of to-go cocktails to supplement their losses.

    I ventured to my nearest Red Lobster to see if the Dewgarita is worth the shock-value hype.

    I sat down at the restaurant’s bar, aptly called “Bar Harbor.” It was very exclusive and had only three seats due to social distancing.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    Like any good American, when the bartender came over and asked me what I wanted to order, there were only two things on my mind: Dewgarita and warm, cheddar biscuits.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    She quickly shook up the drink for me in the back and set the nuclear-green margarita in front of me.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    For a drink that’s gained internet notoriety for its “Mountain Dew”-schtick, I was surprised by the underwhelming flavor from my first sip.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    I asked the bartender what was in the Dewgarita, which she revealed was a sour-apple liquor, tequila, and a two-ounce pinch of Mountain Dew.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    No quenching fizziness that I crave from soda. No sugar explosion that makes Mountain Dew a guilty pleasure.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    The drink was more like a sad, watered-down margarita you get from a backyard party.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    I took a sip of the drink from the rim, which the bartender described as a red sugar-mixture made just for the Dewgarita.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    It didn’t make anything better. My brain expected something spicy, which would have at least provided some flavor.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    While the taste of the drink was disappointing, on the bright side, I was very appreciative of the amount of tequila in it.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    And if you pretend that you paid $10 for the free cheddar biscuits, rather than falling for a marketing strategy, your pocketbook feels just a little bit better.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    I asked a manager how many people had ordered the drink so far. He said, three.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    That sounds about right.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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    The inherent humor of getting to say, “I tried a Mountain Dew Margarita at Red Lobster” could draw people to the chain, but the taste and price won’t bring them back.

    Red Lobster mountain dewgarita Linh Ta/Business Insider
    Linh Ta/Business Insider


    If the seafood chain wants to keep curious customers coming back for more, its other promised drink collaborations with PepsiCo need to offer more than just a funny name.

    Red Lobster mountain dewgarita Linh Ta/Business Insider
    Linh Ta/Business Insider


    It needs to offer better flavors, and be more reminiscent of the soda its invoking, rather than just a half-hearted effort at producing a similar color.

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    Linh Ta/ Business Insider


    Otherwise, I can just save my $10 and buy a two-liter Mountain Dew and cheap tequila instead.

    Red Lobster Mountain Dewgarita review
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