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The Best Tequila for Making Margaritas

What is the best tequila for margaritas? It depends on the margarita! Each of our top tequila brands has a unique flavor profile for your perfect 'rita.

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When it comes to choosing the best tequila for margaritas, look for one that says 100% de agave or puro de agave. The tequila brands labeled tequila mixto or oro have been cut with an inferior natural cane spirit. Not only will the flavor be less complex, but it’s probably made with artificial coloring, too. Put your preferred tequila to work in one of our best margarita recipes.

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Teremana Blanco Tequila

With notes of citrus and vanilla, Teremana’s Blanco Tequila has a smooth finish that’s begging to be mixed in a margarita. Teremana produces small-batch tequila that is hand made in Jalisco, Mexico and is owned by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. If you’re new to mixing drinks, consult our margarita guide for expert tips.

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Convite Esencial Espadin Mezcal

Okay, so Convite’s Esencial Espadin Mezcal isn’t a tequila, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add it to your next marg. Smoky with a touch of citrus zest, Esencial Espadin is a balanced mezcal that’s a great introduction to the spirit. Read up on the difference between tequila and mezcal.

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Exotico Blanco Tequilavia

Exotico Blanco Tequila

Blanco tequila, also referred to as white or silver tequila, is unaged. These tequilas typically feature a very fresh agave-forward flavor. Exotico Blanco Tequila is a well-priced spirit with a crisp, herbal flavor and hints of pepper and spice. Find fresh ways to upgrade your homemade margarita.

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Casamigos Reposado Tequilavia

Casamigos Reposado Tequila

Reposado means that the tequila has been aged in oak barrels. Casamigos Reposado Tequila is aged in casks previously used to barrel whiskey, which gives it a caramel flavor. This tequila also has some star power: George Clooney and Rande Gerbere originally founded the Casamigos brand! By the way, this is what tequila is made from.

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Patron Silvervia

Patron Silver

Patron Silver is a popular blanco tequila, available nearly everywhere, with a sweet and light flavor. It’s a great tequila to use in cocktails—or to sip on its own. Head straight to the beach with this Cerveza margarita recipe.

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Casa Noble Tequila Crystalvia

Casa Noble Tequila Crystal

Casa Noble Tequila Crystal is a tequila made from 100% USDA-certified organic blue agave. This tequila is triple-distilled, giving it a very smooth flavor with hints of honey, citrus and of course, agave. Learn how to make a margarita—blended, on the rocks and virgin.

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Clase Azul Reposadovia

Clase Azul Reposado

Clase Azul Reposado is an “ultra-premium” spirit aged for eight months in oak barrels. The real selling point for this tequila (and a great conversation starter) might be its unique bottle. Each one is hand-painted by artisans from a village in Mexico. Here’s what to mix tequila with when you’re not in the mood for a margarita.

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Hornitos Añejovia

Hornitos Añejo

Añejo means that the tequila has been aged in oak barrels for at least one to just under three years. Hornitos Añejo has a lovely amber color and complex flavor profile with a light citrus finish. Añejo tequila is the perfect spirit for a margarita sangria, too.

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Cazodores Tequila Reposadovia

Cazodores Tequila Reposado

Cazodores Tequila Reposado has a clean and light flavor that’s good enough to eat. Its slight hints of dill and black pepper make it an ideal addition to a recipe for shrimp, carnitas or other recipes that use tequila.

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El Padrino Blanco Tequilavia

El Padrino Blanco Tequila

El Padrino Blanco Tequila is slow-fermented for up to 60 hours and then double-distilled for a smooth taste. This tequila has a unique flavor profile featuring—wait for it—banana and cinnamon. Check out these other essential ingredients in a margarita.

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1800 Silver Tequilavia

1800 Silver Tequila

1800 Silver Tequila features delicate floral and fruit notes, and its clean taste makes it an excellent base for margaritas. You’ll never buy one of those plastic “juice” limes again after you try our margarita recipe made with fresh citrus.

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Espolòn Reposada Tequilavia

Espolòn Reposada Tequila

Espolòn Reposada Tequila is aged in new American oak barrels for three to five months, which gives it hints of oak in addition to agave flavor. The bold artwork on each label, based on work by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada, shows parts of Mexican history. Next, check out these delicious tequila shots.

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Next, check out our list of essential margarita tools.

Susan Bronson
Susan Bronson is a writer and editor based in Northern Wisconsin.