Applebee's Bartender Claims Their $1 Margaritas Are Mostly Water

Was it all a tequila pipe dream?

Margarita at a bar
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When Applebee’s announced that they would be offering $1 margaritas, fans freaked.

The month-long promotion, which included the “dollaritas” as part of Neighborhood Appreciation Month, got people so excited that some even joked they’d be moving their work desks inside the chain restaurant for all of October.

But a couple days into the deal, someone who claimed to be a bartender for the chain, took a video showing the margaritas being made with a surprising amount of water. The Instagram post shared by The Bitchy Waiter shows the employee mixing up a big batch for the camera into a plastic bucket.

“The dollarita is literally 1 part cheap tequila, 1 part cheap marg mix, 3 parts tap water. We go through 12 gallons of this swill a day,” they captioned the video. “If ‘the dollarita is your life,’ you’re an animal who can’t taste things.”

Fans were not having it, but they weren’t exactly shocked.

The restaurant looked into the video to make sure that customers were getting their dollars worth and a representative for Applebee’s told PEOPLE that the formula for using so much water is common when using such a concentrated mix like margarita mix.

“We’re thrilled at our guests’ response to our Neighborhood Appreciation Drink. Bartenders can make it to order, but because the Dollarita is in such high demand, certain locations are making the $1 margarita in larger batches,” they said in a statement. “Batching is commonplace in certain states when drinks are flying off the counter like the Dollarita. The official Dollarita is made with one-part, or 1 1/4 ounces, of tequila and three-parts margarita mix. Our margarita mix is a concentrate that requires it be cut with three-parts filtered water to one-part mix.”

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What the recipe doesn’t call for is creating the drink in a large bucket on the floor of the restaurant with tap water, instead of filtered water.

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