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Chipotle Premium Margaritas Review

Chipotle's Premium Margaritas: Sip 'Em or Skip 'Em?

"Chipotle serves margaritas?" That was the resounding reaction when we set up today's officewide taste test of the chain's latest offering: made-to-order margaritas. Ardent Chipotle fans may raise their hackles at that statement: since day one, the burrito chain has served margaritas, though they were little-publicized as an option. But two weeks ago, Chipotle announced it was rolling out a new made-to-order margarita program, featuring freshly squeezed citrus juice, organic agave syrup, Cointreau, and an optional salted rim in lieu of a preblended mix (as was the old standard).

Were the newly revamped margaritas an improvement on the original — and more importantly, should you sip 'em or skip 'em? Keep reading for our conclusion.

In addition to the aforementioned recipe changes, Chipotle now offers two tiers of tequila-based libations: a premium version made with Patrón (for $7), and a house, or well, version based on Sauza (for $4.50). Tasted side by side, the difference was surprisingly subtle, with the Sauza version tasting slightly sweeter, but otherwise near indistinguishable. If you're a stalwart Patrón fan, then shell out the extra $2.50; otherwise, we're firmly in the Sauza camp.

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Overall, these zesty beverages not only are tastier than their previous iteration but greatly exceeded our expectations. The next time the occasion arises, we'd happily pair a margarita or two with our burrito and chips and suggest you do the same.

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