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It’s summertime! With the hot weather rolling in one of the most classic ways to cool off is a margarita. While there are many ways to spice up (perhaps literally) this long-standing cocktail staple, choosing the right tequila is key. With so many popular tequila brands fighting for your attention and dollar, how do you decide which is worthy of your margarita?
All tequila must be made from 100% blue agave and comes in three categories based on how long it has been aged in barrel. Blanco is unaged tequila, reposado can be aged between 2 months and 364 days, and añejo is anything aged over a year. The majority of margaritas will be made with blanco tequila because the absence of aging highlights the citrus and freshness, but aged tequilas can add a smokier depth to margs.
The basic recipe for a margarita is tequila, lime, orange liqueur, and salt. People have been building on this recipe since its inception and have created some truly outstanding combinations. Fruit margaritas, spicy margaritas, smokey margaritas, slushy margaritas are a handful of variations that have become mainstream.
Here are some of our favorite tequilas for margaritas.
Montelobos Espadín Joven; $34. Buy at Wine.com. A brisk aroma mixes dried oregano, bell pepper, juicy lemon, a hint of rubber. The palate leads with rubber and graphite notes… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tequila Dahlia Cristalino; $40. Buy at Total Wine & More. A reposado Tequila filtered to remove the color, look for a bright candied lemon peel aroma, with a faint floral hint… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
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Last Updated: July 12, 2023