Viva Vivo’s Margaritas

29 Jan

It’s been a quiet time on Rock Love Austin since the holidays, but January has been busy for us. Caitlin’s been settling into her new role as Austin’s Employee Enrichment head at Apple, and I’ve had some exciting job news that I can share with you soon. It had been way too long since we’d had a ‘Rita, and Vivo had a Groupon this week, so we headed in for some drinks and dinner Friday night*. There was a 45-minute wait for a table, so we had a couple ‘Ritas on the patio. Caitlin went for the straight Strawberry and I had a Strawberry and Mango** mix while we devoured chips and salsa***.

*We were really going out to celebrate Zack’s aforementioned yet-to-be-announced job news. 2012 has been very, very good to us already. It’s going to be an amazing year.

**Zack had the blog in mind when he was ordering, which made him kinda spazzy (self-described). He was trying to go for something that would look great, and he’d seen a photo of a frozen drink on the menu that was gorgeous. The waitress told him it was the cactus pear, and he said that didn’t sound great but insisted he wanted to know what was in the photo (although he’d just been told…) He said he was interested in maybe mixing two flavors in one to get a pretty swirl effect in his glass, but the waitress kindly explained that the only flavors that would work would be the strawberry and mango – everything else would likely taste odd. He offered up a few ideas, but the waitress again said she felt the strawberry and mango mix would be the only two that would be complimentary. It was quite an adventure. I felt like I was on Seinfeld. It was way more “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but Caitlin hasn’t seen that show, so yeah, Seinfeld totally works. 

***Curse their delicious chips. We were starving so we both wasted most of our appetites on these salty morsels.

Vivo set the bar really high for fruity margaritas. I’m usually not the biggest mango fan, but they were out of raspberry and I didn’t want to get the exact same flavor as Caitlin. I had a mango bubble tea that was undrinkable last week at Veggie Heaven, but the mango was subtle and complimented the strawberry well. My favorite part was the chunks of frozen strawberry and mango that I was delighted to slurp up at the end, slowly pouring the last bits in my mouth. 

This is the Prickly Pear Margarita (below). I had it with my dinner, once we got inside. I was already a bit full from the chips and salsa and weighty first rita, but was too curious not to try the Prickly Pear. Caitlin described the taste as salty, like edamame, but I’d chalk that up to the external salt. It had a sweet, nectar taste to it that I didn’t expect. I think we need to make our own prickly pear syrup one time when we make our own Ritas. I’m admittedly brand new to the stuff, but I’m wildly curious.

Strawberry & Mango Frozen

  • Taste: 9/10 Truly good to the last drop. I couldn’t help from spooning (OK, pouring) the frozen chunks of fruit into my mouth.
  • Value: 7.5/10 It’s a beast of a drink. One was really enough, but they were about $11 each, which is fairly pricy for Austin.
  • Presentation: 9/10 They were gorgeous. the colors swirled eloquently, there was a little colorful flower, and the glass was salted to perfection
  • Overall: 8.5/10 A great ‘Rita. The one to beat so far. I’d go back just to try Raspberry and am curious about Cucumber as well.

Prickly Cactus Frozen

  • Taste: 8/10 In case you’re as uneducated as me, it’s not pear, it’s cactus. While not as sugary-sweet as the mango & strawberry, it was still surprisingly sweet and salty and had lingering taste that complimented my meal quite well. 
  • Value: 7.5/10 I decided to have this one with dinner, but could barely make it through half of it. One was really enough. It killed me to leave half of a $11 drink sitting there, but I was full and buzzing.
  • Presentation: 9/10 Gorgeous pink coloring that looked even better than the fruity ones. 
  • Overall: 8/10 My first forray into Prickly Pear and it won’t be the last. I ‘m intrigued.
Strawberry Frozen
  • Taste: 8.5/10 Totally delicious. Not only did I also love the chunks of strawberry I got to suck down, but the syrup left in the bottom of my glass was a fantastic little after-drink treat. It gets points off from me merely because I wished I could have tasted the syrup more mixed throughout the drink.
  • Value: 7/10 One frozen rita here, and you’re good to go. We even had to sit for a while so I could be ready to drive. I nursed my drink all through the night, for the 45 minutes we waited to be seated and through dinner. It was definitely pricey, and since my tastes are not the most refined when it comes to mixed drinks, it kinda tasted like other, cheaper margaritas I’d had before. But it definitely had a smoothness lacking from cheaper takes, so I’d say it’s money well spent.
  • Presentation: 10/10 Gorgeous colors, LOVED the flowers stuck in the side (it was late at night and they weren’t wilted at all — seemed freshly picked) and the salt was expertly applied to the glass rim. Perfection.
  • Overall: 8.5/10 Definitely the rita to beat. It was a welcomed treat to end a hectic-but-successful week.
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One Response to “Viva Vivo’s Margaritas”

  1. ceejayford January 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    So glad to know you waited until you felt okay to drive – the best part of a really wonderful night out is getting safely home!

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