What's the best tequila for a classic margarita?

Cocktail Colin says:

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If you're looking to make a classic Margarita, it's essential to choose a quality tequila that can blend harmoniously with the other ingredients. The top-rated cocktail among our list is the classic *Margarita* (rating of 4.98/5), which calls for 50ml of tequila. For a classic Margarita, using a good quality blanco or reposado tequila is key. These types of tequila offer a smooth flavor without overpowering the drink. Blanco tequila, in particular, provides a crisp and clean profile, allowing the lime juice and triple sec to shine through, while reposado adds a slight complexity due to its mild aging process, which can enhance the overall flavor. Tequilas like **Tequila Reposado** used in the *Margarita on-the-rocks* (rating 4.8/5) and *Tequila Reposado* again featured in the *Tequila Sour* (rating 4.6/5) are excellent choices, suggesting their versatility and quality in creating delicious cocktails. In summary, a good quality blanco or reposado tequila like **Tequila Reposado** will enhance the flavor of your classic Margarita, bringing out the best in this beloved cocktail.

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You asked: Best tequila for a classic Margarita. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.


The Margarita is a classic cocktail that originated in Mexico and has become a beloved drink all over the world....

Triple Sec (20ml), Lime juice (15ml), Tequila (50ml), Salt (Pinch)

4 ingredients
4.98 / 5

Margarita on-the-rocks

The Margarita on-the-rocks is a timeless and versatile cocktail that boasts a harmonious blend of flavors, making it a favorite...

Tequila Reposado (30ml), Agave syrup (5ml), Saline solution (2 drops), Margarita Bitters (4 drops), Lime juice (22.5ml), Triple Sec (22.5ml)

6 ingredients
4.8 / 5

Mexican Margarita

The Mexican Margarita is a classic cocktail that originated in Mexico and has become a worldwide favorite. With its bold...

Cointreau (120ml), Lime juice (120ml), Tequila (120ml), Salt (Pinch)

4 ingredients
4.77 / 5

Margarita on the Rocks

Margarita on the Rocks is a classic cocktail that originated in Mexico and has become a beloved favorite around the...

Cointreau (30ml), Lime juice (30ml), Tequila (60ml), Salt (Pinch)

4 ingredients
4.67 / 5

Añejo Old Fashioned

The Añejo Old Fashioned is a sophisticated twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, introducing the bold flavors of añejo...

Margarita Bitters (8 drops), Tequila (60ml), Agave syrup (7.5ml)

3 ingredients
4.6 / 5

Tequila Sour

The Tequila Sour is a vibrant and refreshing cocktail that masterfully blends the boldness of Tequila Reposado with the tanginess...

Margarita Bitters (4 drops), Egg (15ml), Tequila Reposado (60ml), Lime juice (30ml), Agave syrup (15ml)

5 ingredients
4.6 / 5

Tommy’s Margarita

Tommy's Margarita is a modern twist on the classic Margarita cocktail, simplified and refined to enhance the natural flavors of...

Lime juice (15ml), Tequila (45ml), Agave syrup (2 bar spoons)

3 ingredients
4.45 / 5

Silky Margarita

I drink these at home. Smooth, tasty, and subtle. The bitters add depth.

Lime juice (60ml), Grenadine (7.5ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Orange liqueur (30ml), Tequila Reposado (60ml)

6 ingredients
3.97 / 5

Herradura Silver Eclipse Margarita

As the spirit behind "sunrise" and "sunset" cocktails, tequila is has become the unofficial ambassador of solar activity. To round...

Lime juice (30ml), Raspberry liqueur (30ml), Blackberries (15), Tequila (60ml), Agave syrup (15ml)

5 ingredients
3.68 / 5

Margarita #2

The Margarita is a popular and refreshing cocktail that is believed to have originated in Mexico in the 1930s. It...

Lime juice (30ml), Triple Sec (30ml), Tequila (60ml), Sour Mix (60ml), Salt (Pinch)

5 ingredients
3.6 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What is the difference between blanco and reposado tequila?

Blanco tequila is unaged and has a crisp, clean flavor, while reposado tequila is aged for a minimum of two months, giving it a more complex, smooth taste.

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Is it worth buying premium tequila for Margaritas?

Using premium tequila can enhance the flavor of your Margaritas, offering a smoother blend and more refined taste. However, mid-range tequilas can also make excellent Margaritas.

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How should I store tequila after opening?

Tequila should be stored in a cool, dark place with the cap tightly sealed. Unlike wine, it does not age further once bottled, so it is best consumed within a year or two.

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Can I use añejo tequila in a Margarita?

Yes, añejo tequila can be used in a Margarita, but it will impart a richer and more complex flavor, which may differ from the classic taste. It is often preferred for sipping neat or in cocktails like the Tequila Old Fashioned.

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What other cocktails can I make with blanco or reposado tequila?

Aside from Margaritas, blanco or reposado tequila can be used in various cocktails like Tequila Sunrise, Paloma, and Tequila Sour, each offering a unique flavor experience.

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