If you didn’t already know, today is National Margarita Day! If you’re asking what does that have to do with the post title, margaritas (we’ll call them “margs” for short) are supposed to be made with tequila. I, personally, am not a huge fan of margaritas year-round but they are a fun go-to drink choice for when the weather is a bit hotter. I’m already looking forward to Cinco de Mayo. As we know from the 5 Golden Rules to Follow post, the quality of tequila used to make your marg will be dependent on the type of bar you’re at. Your standard run of the mill Mexican restaurant will probably serve you something you’ve never heard of while more upscale places will mix your margs with brands I’ll be comparing in this post. The worst thing I’ve had a margarita prepared with was Everclear, 30oz of Everclear margarita.
Jose Cuervo Gold
Good ol’ Jose Cuervo! This is easily the most popular tequila in the world and for good reason. Tequilas typically come in both a silver and gold offering and different brands are more popular for different offerings. Jose Gold is the clear favorite for the brand. Friends say it goes well with sodas. My buddy, Tanarius, mixes his with lemonade or sweet tea. I think it’s best straight or over ice. Tequila is perfect for shots!
Espolón, my personal favorite. First of all, the marketer in me loves the packaging of the bottle. It’s what first got me to try the tequila in the first place. I’m a big fan of the blanco version. I find it to be really smooth and lacking the bite Jose comes with. I’ve mixed it with lemonade and other fruit juices. It’s hard to go wrong mixing blanco (silver) tequila with anything fruity. It packs a punch too. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to expand their tequila palate.
Patrón is a more expensive option for tequila. Out of the tequilas featured so far, Patrón silver’s citrus fruit flavors are the boldest. You can even taste a hint of honey if you pay attention. The reposado and añejo offerings have a woodier flavor due to their aging process and are better suited for sipping. If you’re a lover of tequila and take pride in your alcohol selection, Patrón is a very solid favorite to have. It’s also a very popular bottle service option in clubs. Fun fact.
1800… I must say I’m not a huge fan of the silver and añejo offerings but the coconut flavor is amazing. One thing about 1800 is that it is POTENT. It will get you drunk in a hurry and it wouldn’t make much difference whether you were taking shots or mixing drinks. Feeling 1800 in the morning is inevitable. If you want some bang for your buck, I’d definitely recommend 1800. The top also screws off and forms its own shot glass. Do you remember those commercials? Change the game? Guy in the suit?
This wouldn’t be Brown at the Bar without mentioning the
Young Jeezy endorsed Avión. I’ll admit, I only tried this because of the endorsement. It’s a pricey option, up there with Patrón. There aren’t any distinct flavors that stick out. It’s nearly flavorless like a really good vodka. I wouldn’t pay the extra money expecting something special from this one. It was voted the world’s best tasting tequila at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition though, so what do I know?
So there you have it, a brief overview at the most popular tequilas on the market. Take a sip (or a plunge) and try to keep your clothes on. Share this on Twitter/Facebook! Happy drinking!