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The Best Tequila for Making Margaritas
Looking for the best tequila for margaritas? Each of our top tequila picks has a unique flavor to help elevate your cocktail recipes.
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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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 drinks like this, too.
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.
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.
1800 Silver Tequila
1800 Silver Tequila features delicate floral and fruit notes, and its clean taste makes it an excellent base for margaritas.
By the way—you’ll never buy one of those plastic “juice” limes again after you try our margarita recipe made with fresh citrus.
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.