Review: Cordina Mar-Go-Rita Wine Cocktail

The mercury has topped 90 in San Francisco today, and in a city with no air conditioning, that means retreating to whatever means necessary one can dig up to stay cool.

Cordina’s goofily-named Mar-Go-Rita has been in my freezer for weeks, so what better time than now to bust it out.

What is it? Imagine a kid’s metallic Capri Sun packet, with an oversized hole for the straw. But don’t refrigerate: Freeze it. The insides turn slushy, not unlike the stuff that comes out of one of those machines behind the bar at your favorite tourist trap. You drink it right out of the pouch, or squeeze it into a glass if you’re feelin’ fancy.

What exactly is a “wine cocktail?” The base of the Mar-Go-Rita isn’t tequila but “agave wine,” which is fermented, not distilled, to 48 proof instead of 80 proof. Cordina doesn’t say what the rest of the cocktail is, except that it has no artificial flavors or colors, but the resulting juice is 8% alcohol (16 proof).

The final product: Not bad, actually. It does indeed taste a lot like a chain-restaurant slushy drink, overly sweet-and-soured, tart, but with a distinct tequila-like bite to it. Fine for a blazing hot day, but hardly a classic margarita you’d make at home.

If nothing else, it’s way better than this stuff, which has basically the same idea.

B / $3.39 per 375ml pouch /

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4 Responses

  1. WJS April 8, 2012 / 11:37 pm

    Not even close to margarita by any standards… Weirdly sour (supposedly “Classic Lime” flavor), and surprisingly, taste artificial with supposedly “natural flavors.” I bought it out of curiosity, but I’ll never buy this again. I’m just having difficulties finishing just one. If you feel like any pre-made, freeze & squeeze type cocktail drink, just grab one of those Dailys cocktails — at least they’ll taste like what they’re supposed to take like.

  2. Bill Strong May 26, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Not so good. Go to the bar for the best cold drink.

  3. Jane Doe July 1, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    I love the strawberry one but question can they be dranked unfrozen or do they have to be frozen?

  4. Tara January 25, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    I bought this because I like the idea of it in a pouch. Got home with it and stuck it in the fridge for later. We actually drank it as a shooter. The second we ingested it we all almost threw up. This is the most terrible thing I have EVER tasted. It tasted like they poured the bartenders matt in it after a long busy night. Never will I buy this again.

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