REVIEW: New Peach Yuja-Ade is a Delicious Drink at Lucky 8 Lantern in Disney California Adventure for Lunar New Year 2022

The 2022 Lunar New Year festivities have begun at Disney California Adventure, and we’re here to ring in the Year of the Tiger! This year, new drinks have come to Lucky 8 Lantern, so we stopped by to try them out.

Lucky 8 Lantern Booth for 2022 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Menu for Lucky 8 Lantern Booth for 2022 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Food:

  • Shrimp Fried Rice with garlic bacon edamame – $8.00
  • Beef Bulgogi Short Rib on rice with green onion salad – $8.25

Beverages:

  • 🆕Peach Yuja-Ade: Peach syrup, yuja, dragonfruit, lemon, and butterfly pea flower tea (non-alcoholic) – $6.50
  • 🆕Soju Peach Yuja-Ade: Soju, peach syrup, yuja, dragonfruit, lemon, and butterfly pea flower tea – $14.00
  • 🆕Kloud Brewery Original Gravity Lager, Korea (5% ABV) – $10.50
  • Novelty: Lotus Flower Glow Cube (Sip and Savor Pass not accepted) – $5.50

Photos of Menu Items from Lucky 8 Lantern for 2022 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Shrimp Fried Rice – $8.00

with Garlic Bacon Edamame

This was nothing crispy here. Nor was it garlicky. It tasted like fish sauce with overcooked shrimp.

Sadly, this was subpar at best. The rice was okay. The edamame was mushy. The shrimp was rubbery. We hoped at least the flavor would be okay, but it smelled and tasted like fish sauce.

The few bites on the side with just bacon were okay, but not worth $8 for maybe getting a few solid bits of bacon.

Skip this.

Beef Bulgogi Short Rib – $8.25

on rice with green onion salad

Our beef bulgogi was missing the green onion salad that comes on top, but we actually didn’t miss it! This dish was perfect as is. Our meat was tender, tasty, and had noticeable char marks from the grill. The rice was cooked correctly, which is greatly appreciated as in previous years, it was hard and overcooked.

While this dish may seem simple as it’s just meat and rice, don’t underestimate how good it was. The seasoning on the whole dish was perfect, with sesame oil and soy sauce.

*NEW* Peach Yuja-Ade (non-alcoholic) – $6.50

Peach syrup, Yuja, Dragonfruit, Lemon, and Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

This is a beautiful, two-toned cocktail. It’s perfect for Instagram and surprisingly tasty.

The bright purple from the butterfly pea plant is unflavored, but the orange mix on the bottom is flavorful. Mixing them together dilutes the sweetness if you want to cut the blast of sugar.

The orange part is tart, sweet, and has a hint of herbal flavor, likely from the Yuja.

*NEW* Soju Peach Yuja-Ade – $14.00

Soju, Peach syrup, Yuja, Dragonfruit, Lemon, and Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

This is the same drink as above, but with the addition of soju.

The soju gives it an extra layer of complexity and cuts a bit of the sweetness, making it even more drinkable.

With or without soju, this is a delicious drink that is sure to delight everyone at the festival.

*NEW* Kloud Brewery Original Gravity Lager, Korea (5% ABV) – $10.50

From Kloud Brewery: “100% Malt Real Beer. Formulated with Original Gravity technique from traditional German beer brewing style that no water is added after fermentation.”

The 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure will run from January 21 through February 13.