The beauty of tequila comes from the different types and qualities of the blue agave plant it comes from. The most common types of tequila are blanco, reposado, and añejo, which refer to how long it’s aged in oak barrels.
Blanco tequila is clear and unaged. Some people prefer blanco tequila for margaritas because it has a pure and strong agave flavor.
Reposado tequila is aged for two to twelve months. Reposado tequila has a following because of its smoother and richer taste.
Añejo tequila is aged for more than a year. Añejo tequila is usually reserved for sipping, as it has a complex and woody flavor that might overpower the other ingredients in a margarita.
Best tequila brands for margaritas
This is an inexpensive and high-quality blanco tequila with a floral, peppery, and fruity flavor. Made with 100% blue agave and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico, it’s a great choice for making classic or flavored margaritas.
El Tesoro Blanco
This is a mid-range and premium blanco tequila that has a smooth, herbaceous, and citrusy flavor. It is made with 100% blue agave and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico using traditional methods such as brick oven cooking and tahona milling. It’s a great choice for making fresh and balanced margaritas.
This is another mid-range and premium blanco tequila that has a smooth, crisp, and sweet flavor. It is made with 100% blue agave and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico using modern technology such as diffusers. It is a great choice for making simple and elegant margaritas.
This is a popular and celebrity-backed brand that offers both blanco and reposado tequilas. The blanco tequila has a smooth, clean, and citrusy flavor, while the reposado tequila has a smooth, caramel, and vanilla flavor. Both are made with 100% blue agave and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico using traditional methods such as brick oven cooking and tahona milling. They are great choices for making smooth and easy-drinking margaritas.
This is an affordable and quality reposado tequila that has a smooth, spicy, and honey flavor. It is made with 100% blue agave and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico, using modern technology such as diffusers. It is aged for six months in American oak barrels. It is a great choice for making rich and flavorful margaritas.
This is an award-winning reposado tequila that has a smooth, buttery, and herbal flavor. It is made with 100% blue agave and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico, using traditional methods such as brick oven cooking and tahona milling. It is aged for eight months in American oak barrels. It is a great choice for making complex and sophisticated margaritas.
Authentic tequila tasting experience
An authentic tequila tasting experience is a great way to experience its history, culture, and flavors on National Tequila Day . Below are some of the many places where you can enjoy a tequila tasting, from distilleries and trains to boutiques and bars.
- The Jose Cuervo Express
A train takes you from Guadalajara to the town of Tequila, where you can visit the agave fields, the La Rojeña distillery, and the Mundo Cuervo complex. Along the way, you can enjoy unlimited tequila drinks, live music, Mexican food, and guided tastings. You can choose from different types of wagons, such as the Elite Wagon, which has a lounge-style cabin and a separate bar.
- A Taste of Culture by Clase Azul
Enjoy an exclusive tasting session held at the Clase Azul boutique in The Shoppes at Palmilla. You can sample some of the most prestigious and rare tequilas from this brand, such as the Clase Azul Ultra and the Clase Azul Gold. You will also learn about the unique cultural traditions and practices that form the basis of the Clase Azul tequilas.
- Tequila O’clock
Owned by a person originally from the town of Tequila Jalisco, located in Holbox Island this is a must-see establishment. Pick from more than 50 different tequilas, from blanco to extra añejo, and learn about their production process, history, and tasting notes. You can also pair your tequila with some delicious Mexican snacks.
An online resource which provides tips and advice on how to host your own tequila tasting at home. Learn about the different types and categories of tequila, how to serve and taste them properly, what food to pair them with, plus the best accessories to use. You can also find some recipes for tequila cocktails and dishes.
Tequila cocktails for summer parties
A versatile and delicious spirit, tequila can be enjoyed in many ways. Whether you prefer it neat, on the rocks, or mixed with other ingredients, there’s a tequila cocktail for every occasion and mood.
- Tequila Sunrise
A classic and colorful drink that combines orange juice, tequila, and grenadine starts it off. It’s easy to make and looks stunning in a tall glass. To make it, fill a glass with ice and pour 2 ounces of tequila and 4 ounces of orange juice. Then slowly drizzle 1/2 ounce of grenadine over the back of a spoon so it sinks to the bottom. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
Secondly a refreshing and fizzy drink that pairs grapefruit soda with tequila is a can’t miss option. It’s a popular drink in Mexico and a great alternative to a margarita. To make it, fill a glass with ice and add 2 ounces of tequila and a pinch of salt. Top with 4 ounces of grapefruit soda (such as Jarritos or Squirt) and squeeze half a lime over it. Stir gently and garnish with a lime wedge.
- Raspberry Margarita
This is a fruity and tangy drink that uses fresh raspberries to add flavor and color to the classic margarita. It’s a perfect drink for summer, as raspberries are in season and add a natural sweetness. To make it, muddle 6 raspberries in a cocktail shaker with 1/2 ounce of simple syrup and 1/2 ounce of lime juice. Add 2 ounces of tequila and some ice and shake well. Strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice and garnish with more raspberries.
- El Diablo
Mix tequila with ginger beer, lime juice, and cassis liqueur to get a spicy and smoky drink that’s complex and balanced with a bit of heat, sweetness, and tartness. To make it, fill a glass with ice and add 2 ounces of tequila, 1/2 ounce of lime juice, and 4 ounces of ginger beer. Stir well, and float 1/2 ounce of cassis liqueur on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Garnish with a lime wheel.
- Watermelon Margarita
This refreshing and summery drink blends fresh watermelon with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. It’s a great way to use up ripe watermelon and enjoy its juicy flavor. To make it, blend 4 cups of cubed seedless watermelon in a blender until smooth. Strain the juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Add 1 cup of tequila, 1/2 cup of orange liqueur, and 1/4 cup of lime juice, and stir well. Refrigerate until chilled, or serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses.
Don’t forget the song
Way back in the first days of Barbie, the song “Tequila” was big hit. Here’s Champs performing the perfect tune for National Tequila Day.