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Which Tequila is Better for a Margarita Cocktail?

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The margarita cocktail is the most popular cocktail made with tequila. If you want to make a classic margarita you will need tequila, lemon juice, ice and Triple Sec (some citrus fruit juices can also be added). Don’t forget the salt on the rim of the glass in which the drink is served.

Despite being a cocktail that can be made with simple preparations the margarita can be created with an infinity of styles and varieties. The types of tequila that can be used for this drink can also be very different from each other. Let’s get to know more about the types of tequila you can use for the delicious margarita cocktail!

White Tequila, the Classic Margarita

There are three types of tequila: tequila blanco (white) or silver, tequila reposado (rested or aged) and tequila añejado (extra aged). Tequila joven or oro (gold) and tequila extra añejo (ultra-aged) – which could be considered as two additional types of tequila – can also be considered two subtypes of the three types of tequila mentioned above.

It might seem strange but not all types of tequila are suitable for preparing a margarita cocktail. The type of distillate usually used to prepare most cocktails that include citrus fruits, as well as the most popular cocktails in general, is white or as neutral as possible.
A margarita cocktail is prepared on the same principles, so the ideal tequila for preparing a good margarita is a white or silver tequila.

What Are the Variations of the Margarita Cocktail?

The basic ingredients for preparing a margarita cocktail are tequila (white, of course), triple sec, lemon juice and ice. However, like all popular cocktails, the margarita comes in many variations. It is often the fruit that we use to mix the drink that varies and not the type of tequila itself. Therefore you might find margaritas with orange juice, strawberry margaritas or even kiwi margaritas.

You might also find variations of margarita that contain brandy, red wine or sake. The variations are limited only by imagination!

The Best Tequilas for a Margarita

Now that we know that white or silver tequila is the ideal tequila for preparing an excellent margarita we present a list of the best tequilas to prepare a classic margarita.

Do you want tequila recommendation for making margaritas? You will find the best below:

 

Jose Cuervo Silver The Rolling Stones: a Silver tequila produced in Mexico with an alcohol content of 38 %.

Tequila Patrón Silver: this is an ultra premium white tequila. It is fresh and sweet.

Don Julio Blanco: a Silver tequila from Mexico that has an alcohol content of 38 %.

Tequila Patron Silver 1L: a Silver tequila from Mexico with an alcohol content of 40 %.

Herradura Silver Tequila: a Silver tequila from Mexico with an alcohol content of 40 %.

Tequila la Tilica Blanco: a silver tequila from Tequila la Tilica distillery in Mexico. It has an alcohol content of 40 %.

Tequila Kah Blanco: a Silver tequila from Mexico containing an alcohol content of 40 %.

 

More Interesting Knowledge About Tequila

Do you love tequila? Do you want to know other curious facts about this popular spirit? Below you will find other articles that are sure to spark your interest!

6 tips to drink tequila
How are tequila and mezcal different?
9 tequilas and mezcals you cannot miss
Tequila leads the boom of luxury spirits

 

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No other than Sauza Tequila produces the Sauza Tequila Silver, a Silver with roots in Mexico with 38% of alcohol strength.

 

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Destilerías Tequila Herradura delivers the Tequila Herradura Añejo (£36.90), a Añejo with origins in Mexico with an alcoholic level of 40% and with the following professionals scores: peñín: 94.

The scarcity of blue agave is having consequences in the production of tequila

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About 15 years ago, the production of tequila entered a crisis due to the worldwide exploitation of this drink, and the little supply of blue agave that existed in Mexico to provide the whole globe with agave.This was causing the price of the plant to rise to stratospheric prices. Today, it seems that history repeats itself.

Tequila is strictly regulated by the Tequila Regulatory Council which imposes the laws and rules on this beverage and its preparation. These standards stipulate that only the blue agave can be used to create the beverage and nothing else. For its part, agave is a plant that has hundreds of types available but the fact that only blue is allowed to make tequila is a problem that is putting the world market at risk.

And, unlike other fruits or plants that are given annually, a blue agave plant takes approximately 8 to 9 years to grow, mature and be ready to create bottles of tequila. The standard formula for producing 1 litre of tequila used to be 6 kilos of blue agave and today it may take up to 10 to generate the same result.

It is expected that within the next 3 years many brands and small tequila houses will disappear from the shelves of the liquor stores because of this problem. And the largest companies in the industry will pay what they have to pay to keep their famous brands available to all. Farmers are selling everything and as soon as their inventories reach zero, it’s over … not many will want to re-plant and wait 8 years for the next crop and sell it with the uncertain price.

According to The Drinks Business, the tequila crisis is real and there can be a shortage of this precious liquor.

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Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado

 

 

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Tequila Patrón Silver

3 renewed cocktails with Campari

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Cocktails with Campari offer such a characteristic taste that it makes them distinctively Italian. We present some of these combined and completely renovated recipes which were created by the finalists of Campari Bartender of the Year 2015. The second edition of this competition was held a few days ago in Milan, Italy, the winner being the bartender from Turin, Andrea Dracos.

Andrea Dracos

Made by the winner of the contest, as the Best Barman Campari 2015, this cocktail contains the following ingredients.

  • 3 cl Campari, Cinzano and Cynar
  • Cinzano Vermouth 3 cl 1757
  • 2 cl Cynar
  • Lemon zest

The trick is to mix the Italian appetizers, such as Campari, Cinzano and Cynar, the latter known for having a secret formula that includes artichokes and 13 different herbs. These flavors are blended and offer surprising tastes that renew the world of aperitifs.

Andrea Paci

Another of the finalists who developed an original cocktail with Campari, tequila and limoncello. Here there are the ingredients:

  • White tequila 3 cl
  • 3 cl Campari
  • 8 cl fresh grapefruit rose
  • 2 cl limoncello
  • 1 sprig of marjoram

The contrast of tequila, with Campari and limoncello, the most famous Italian lemon liqueur, offers an explosive mixture.

Cynthia C. Iron

A Campari cocktail created by yet another finalist of this competition is starring lemon, and grapefruit appetiser Cynar. The acidity of grapefruit along with lemon is strong and powerful, in a very good cocktail, which is finished decorating the glass with twigs of bergamot and thyme.

  • 1 cl sugar syrup
  • 1 cl lemon verbena liqueur
  • 2 cl Cynar
  • 4 ounces Campari
  • 4 cl grapefruit juice
  • 2 slices of lemon

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Campari 1L:  a vermouth from Italy with an alcohol strength of 25º. 

 

 

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Cynar 1L: a vermouth from Italy with 16.5º of alcohol. 

 

 

6 tips to drink Tequila

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Tequila is a very popular drink around the globe. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that consumed in moderation, it’s capable of lowering cholesterol levels, preventing diabetes, senile dementia and even strokes and seizures.  A curious fact about Tequila is that it was used in 1918 as a remedy for an epidemic flu under recommendations of doctors, and proved to be a very effective method.

Tequila is elaborated from a specific class of blue agave which contains some particular features. Keep the following tips in mind to fully enjoy this drink!

  1. Choose a pure tequila: 100% Agave Tequila has a better taste and helps prevent hangovers. If you want to be sure that yours is 100% pure, pick one made by brands like Cuervo, Orendain and Sauza.
  2. Tequila Añejo: Despite being a little bit more expensive, Añejos have aged for at least one year. That provides a better flavor and complexity. If you go for this kind of tequila, remember to drink it at room temperature, neat and in a tequila glass or shot glass called “Caballito”.
  3. Alternate tequila and sangrita: Another option is to alternate a shot of tequila with a shot of sangrita, a traditional Mexican beverage without alcohol that helps to better digest the first shot. If you want to create your homemade sangrita just mix 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of tomato juice, 1 dash of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of grenadine and 4 dashes of hot sauce.
  4. Taste correctly: To taste the tequila correctly you should pour a measure of the drink in a shot glass, raise it up to your eyes, look at its color, stir gently and then wait for the liquid to adhere to the walls. Then, take a sip and savor for 10 seconds before repeating.
  5. Drink it with lime and salt: Contrary to the general belief, the majority of Mexicans don’t use lime and salt to drink their tequilas, but it’s an accepted way to do so. The other option is to drink it calmed and pure.
  6. Drink it as a margarita: another way to drink your tequila is by preparing one of the world’s most famous cocktails. For that, you only need to mix 2 parts of tequila with half part of orange liqueur, 1 part of lime juice and half part of agave nectar and ice in a shaker. Enjoy it!

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Tequila Corralejo Reposado

 

 

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Tequila la Tilica Blanco

 

 

Acapulco night, a holiday-flavoured cocktail

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Acapulco cocktail is a drink from Mexico, with and easy home preparation that blends rum and tequila with the citrus flavours of orange. It is usually served in a tall glass or a cocktail glass with the rim previously frosted. Its orange coloured appearance reminds of the sunset from the Acapulco beaches and invites to take a moment in order to give up to enjoyment.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces white tequila
  • 1 ½ ounces white rum
  • 8 ounces orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 orange slice
  • 8 ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the cocktail glass putting sugar in a small plate and in another small plate some orange. juice, place the rim of the glass in the juice and then in sugar for frosting.
  2. Place tequila, rum, orange juice and ice in a shaker.
  3. Stir for a few seconds and strain the result in frosted glasses.
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange on the rim of the glass.

There is an alcohol-free variation of the Acapulco night called Acapulco Golden, ideal for the youngest members of the family, consisting of orange juice, pineapple juice, whipped coconut cream and crushed ice. You can prepare it to incorporate the smallest ones to family occasions at home.

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Doorlys 3 Years White:  a rum. In Uvinum users have reviewed the Doorlys 3 Years White with an average score of 4 points out of 5.

 

 

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Havana Club Añejo 3 Años 1L: a rum produced in Cuba 40º of alcohol content. 4,4 points on 5 is the valuation Uvinum’s users gave to Havana Club Añejo 3 Años 1L.

 

 

Tequila leads the boom of luxury spirits

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The main luxury brands of tequila are being supported by famous singers and actors, such as George Clooney. This is one of the reasons why spirits are going through one of their sweetest moments.

Tequilas are gradually positioning themselves as luxury spirits and their billings worldwide are increasing, mainly in the United States. While whiskey and cognac still represent 45% of the value of retail sales, overall market, tequila pushes strongly worldwide.

Tequilas at high prices

According to Diageo, 65% of the sale values ??of tequila in the US market come from ultra and super-premium brands during the past year. These new luxury tequilas are not cheap, sold for about $ 850 per bottle, while others have costs of around $ 350.

Thanks to the influence of Hollywood celebrities, the major tequilas of Diageo, for example, have been sold 13 times more than they were selling previously.

Made by celebrities

And it does not end here, because there are many celebrities who create their own spirits. This already happens with wine and other kinds of drinks, but, in terms of tequila, there are also brands elaborated by George Clooney and his friends, who have created a good business around these kind of spirits.

In the world of cocktails

Another reason for the expansion of luxury tequilas is that it attracts a new generation of customers, including them in cocktails and other innovative luxury beverages. Many bartenders are changing their white spirits to offer on their cocktails tequila brands of the highest quality.

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Tequila Herradura Selección Suprema is  a tequila made in Mexico that deserves an evaluation of 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users.

 

 

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Maracame Platino is a tequila produced in Mexico. Uvinum users give to Maracame Platino 4 points on 5.

 

 

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Tequila Kah Extra Añejo Limited Edition: Produced in Mexico that presents an alcohol content of 40º.

 

 

9 tequilas and mescals you can not miss

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Whether you are one of those who prefer the neutral flavour of tequila or you prefer the aromatic qualities of mescal, these are the most popular that you must purchase to enjoy a good time and release tension.

 

Tequila Patrón Silver

It’s the preferred by Hollywood actors, commercially available in versions Xo Café, Silver, Reposado and El Gran Patrón, an excellent purchase for a special day or a gift.

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Tequila Patrón Silver is an ultra premium white tequila. Each bottle is individually handmade by a glass artisan in recycled glass and hand-numbered. It is fresh and sweet.

 

 

Don Julio Reposado

This anejo tequila is fresh and intense flavour, ideal for enjoying after a delicious meal. It’s not so easy to get, but if you stumble upon, it’s worth taking it home. Some people drink it with a little mineral water.

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Don Julio Reposado is a reposado tequila from Tequila Don Julio distillers, produced in Mexico with 38º alcohol content.

 

 

Tequila Herradura Silver

It is the preferred tequila by Mexicans. They drink it to accompany their group meals at restaurants, some drink it with ice and others alone in a cold glass.

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Tequila Herradura produces Tequila Herradura Silver, a white tequila from Mexico with 40º alcohol content.

 

 

Tequila Reserva 1800 Añejo

It is ideal for those who enjoy robust malt whiskeys and aged rums. They were the first creating a 100% agave line to export, and the 1800 of its name is the year in which they began using oak barrels to mature drinks.

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Destilerías 1800 Tequila created Tequila Reserva 1800 Añejo, an aged tequila produced in Mexico that has 38 degrees of alcohol.

 

 

Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado

This tequila from Jalisco is made from 100% blue agave, falling then under the classification of “pure”. It is one of the top sellers worldwide, colourless, with intense aroma and vegetal and persistent flavour. Its creator recommends serving it cold with or without ice.

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JJose Cuervo International elaborates this Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado, a reposado tequila from Mexico, with an alcohol content of 38°.

 

 

Mezcal Gusano Rojo

This is one of the most popular mescals. Produced in Oaxaca, it is pure and made from 100% agave, variety “espadín”, with amber appearance with its characteristic worm, intense aroma and smoky and earthy flavours.

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Gusano Rojo is the maker of Mezcal Gusano Rojo, a mescal from Mexico with 38º of alcohol content.

 

 

Mezcal Benevá

This reposado mescal made in Oaxaca has appellation of origin and has an amber appearance, with smoky flavours and has its characteristic mescal worm. Benevá is the company that created it for 15 years and exports 90% of its production to Europe and Asia.

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Mezcal Benevá produces this Mezcal Benevá with worm, a mescal made in Mexico that has 38º alcohol content.

 

 

El Jimador Tequila Blanca

This tequila is fresh on the palate, its appearance is colourless and many drink it before a cold beer.

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El Jimador produces this El Jimador Tequila Blanca, a tequila produced in Mexico.

 

 

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata

This tequila of colourless or white appearance is produced without wood and is bright and free from ageing, making it ideal for cocktails.

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Sauza Tequila is the producer of Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata, a tequila from Mexico which has an alcohol content of 40°.

 

 

Images: Uvinum and Addison Berry (flickr).

What makes different tequila and mezcal?

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While tequila is a very popular drink worldwide, not everyone knows that it is only one of the varieties of mezcal. Tequila and mezcal have differences in their place of origin, processes of elaboration and even the correct way to drink them.

Mezcal is a drink made with agave using traditional methods and is divided into white, rested and aged, according to the time of aging in wooden barrels. In contrast, tequila is only made with the variety of blue agave and industrially, it is divided into pure and mixed, and is aged from 2 months to 7 years.

Other significant differences between mezcal and tequila are:

  • Appellation: While mezcal is produced in Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, Durango, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas and Michoacán, tequila is produced in the territory of the same name in Jalisco, in addition to Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.
  • The type of agave: For the elaboration of mezcal can be used 14 different types of agave and even mix them, while for the production of tequila only the blue type of agave -called ‘tequilaza weber’- is allowed.
  • The composition: While mezcal is made from 100% agave and chemical free, tequila can contain up to 49% sugars and other compounds.
  • Elaboration: Mezcal is made using traditional methods with underground ovens, while the tequila is made industrially with copper stills.
  • Taste: The taste of mezcal is strong and aromatic, while the taste of tequila is neutral.
  • Appearance: You can recognize mezcal easily, as it has a worm inside the bottle, while tequila don’t.
  • How to drink it: While tequila is drank in a shot after a bit of salt and lemon, mezcal must be taken into ?caballitos? (little horses), called this way by the use of horns like glasses by the ?jimadores?.
  • Export: Only in 2013, tequila had as major consuming countries the US, UK, Germany, France and Spain, with 126.6 million liters, while mezcal had as main consumers Chile, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and France, with 617,000 liters.

Now that you know a few more differences among these two spirits, we invite you to try how they taste. Cheers!

 

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Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado a is a rested tequila produced in Mexico that presents an alcohol content of 38º

 

 

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From the Jose Cuervo International distillery Jose Cuervo Black 

 

 

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Mezcal Gusano Rojo: a mezcal from distillery Gusano Rojo from Mexico 

 

 

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Distillery Tequila Unlimited B.V. produces Mezcal Scorpion Reposado 

 

Pink drinks, a new step in the trend of the flavoured distillates

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One of the most popular options is the Tequila Rose Strawberry. It is a strawberry cream combined with tequila, leading to delicacy. The citrus flavour mixed with the tequila flavour is a real pleasure on the palate for the lucky ones who decided to try it.

The Paris Rose Vodka Liqueur is one of the drinks that you should not miss if you love vodka and want to taste the aromatic properties of the strawberry cream, in an aesthetic and elegant presentation, with 70 cl of unique flavour. Some people add champagne to the mixture in order to have sparkling sensations, while others prefer not to.

Finally the Sputnik Rose Vodka is an option for those who want to enjoy the scent of roses and of a candied jelly flavour. It has a very particular fruity and pepper essence taste that will captivate you. It gives versatility to the vodka and this drink will steal you a smile that you will share in complicity with friends and family with whom you decided to enjoy it.

In short, flavoured distillates are the new delight of those who are looking for fun trying new options; their particular flavours make it an ideal candidates for a drink. They also create feelings that don?t go unnoticed in the palates of women and men of any age, if you give it a try! You now know what you have to do in order to feel it by yourself!

 

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Tequila El Pedrito Gold 75cl

 

 

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Smirnoff Strawberry Twist 1L

The whisky’s world trends

Social events like the Whisky Lounge London Festival held in the year 2012 offer a fresh view of the new trends and whisky blends that are available on the market. These trends are discussed to provide more knowledge to those who like good whisky. They talk about the new distilleries in London, featured beverages and processes, new brands, among other things.

The Japanese Whisky is one of the trends that has gained more fame in recent years, positioning itself internationally as a favorite. I think we all remember the Japanese beverage brand Suntory for that commercial that records the protagonist of the “Lost in Translation? film. This brand has become an institution with options like Hakoshu whisky, Yamazaki and Hibiki.

For women there are also options that have been very well received in the market for its fruity and delicious flavor. Mainly, the Scottish malt whisky is one of the favorites of the women for his touch of vanilla and spicy nuances. Additionally, Jameson Irish whisky released their black barrel option, which consists of a whisky barrel burned out twice to reinforce its characteristic charred.

We rarely hear of whisky in India, but this has been successfully known over time with the brand Seven Islands. It is a single malt Scotch whisky that you should not miss if you get the chance to taste it.  Other options are available today, such a single distillation whiskies, grain whisky free to get back to the origins of Irish whiskey, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the triple-distilled whisky.

One constant in all of these trends is the quest for the recovery of traditional methods of production, looking to provide unsurpassed quality products.

The very new emergence tool for lovers of whisky is an applications for smartphones that helps you figure out where to get the whiskies that you like, giving you an extra resource to optimize your time.

Whisky lover? Then we recommend:

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Jack Daniel’s Silver Select, one of the best whiskies of Jack Daniel’s Distillery

 

 

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The Famous Grouse 1L, the best seller Whisky of Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. in the UK