In a perfect world, the best tequila for margaritas would be the one that tastes best by itself. Enjoying those kinds of margaritas on a consistent basis, however, is outside most of our budgets. When searching for the best tequila for margaritas, one key is to find the brand that tastes the best at an affordable price. There are other considerations for margarita drinkers. While we would all agree that smoothness is important, the taste and character of tequila are subjective things that may or may not add to the overall enjoyment of a margarita. It might be that the best sipping tequila in the world has qualities and characteristics that are too bold to make the perfect margarita. It is also likely that the unique taste of world class tequilas is completely lost and unappreciated. Before I provide my Best Tequila for Margaritas list, I would like to provide some general criteria.
The Best Tequila for Margaritas
I have come up with three categories that I think are important for margarita drinkers:
- Smoothness – A smooth tasting tequila obviously makes a smooth tasting Margarita.
- Price – For the vast majority of us, it doesn’t make sense to use expensive sipping tequilas for Margaritas.
- Neutrality – This category sort of works hand-in-hand with price. Very pricey tequila full of bold character and flavor will either be underappreciated or over-shadow the margarita mix. Speaking of margarita mix, I believe the simpler, the better. I will share with you my own recipe.
Recipe used to rate Best Tequilas for Margs
Even an affordable and good tequila will go to waste in a bad mix. I am not a fan of the overly sweet or sour cook-aid type mixes that most restaurants serve. I use three simple ingredients: 1 part fresh-squeezed lime juice, 2 parts tequila, and a splash of Contreau or Stirrings triple sec. I like to shake the ingredients vigorously for about 30-40 seconds and serve up (or neat) in a glass with salt around the rim. One thing to beware of is that a bad lime can spoil everything. Good, fresh limes are usually shinier on the outside with bright green color and have a thick skin when they are sliced. Getting a good lime can be tricky, but it is well worth taking the time to find a grocer where they are consistently good. A sour lime will pretty much drown out everything that is good about the drink, including the tequila.
About my Tequila Ratings
I’ve decided to use a few of the familiar tequilas that I’ve tried and rated here on Product Review Ratings. Each tequila is rated in each criteria on a scale of 1 – 10. Of my two favorites, I will warn you that the Rancho Alegre does give me a headache. I didn’t think it would be fair to use that criteria in my ratings since so far, I am the only one I know that complains of this unwelcome phenomenon. I have not done nearly enough research to make this a thorough review, but hopefully these ratings on the best tequila for margaritas will lead you in the right direction.
Best Tequila for Margaritas
Rated by Smoothness, Price, and Neutrality
|El Ultimo Agave Reposado||8||9 ($14.00 – $15.00)||8||83%|
|Rancho Alegre Plata||7||9 ($13.00 – $15.00)||9||83%|
|Rancho Alegre Reposado||7||9 ($13.00 – $15.00)||8||80%|
|Olmeca Altos Plata||8||8 ($16.00 – $18.00)||8||80%|
|Olmeca Altos Reposado||8||8 ($16.00 – $18.00)||8||80%|
|El Charro Reposado||7||9 ($14.00 – $17.00)||8||80%|
|Camarena Reposado||7||8 ($17.00 – $19.00)||8||77%|
|El Zarco Silver||8||7 ($14.00 – $17.00)||7||73%|