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15 Best Tequilas For Margaritas Ranked (2022 Updated)

Last Updated on September 14, 2022 by Lydia Martin

The secret to making the best-tasting Margaritas is using freshly squeezed orange juice and not a liqueur. However, elevating the layers of flavors in your Margarita relies on the tequila that you add. 

We tried and tasted several glasses of cocktails to find the best tequila for Margaritas. If you want to ensure your next cocktail party is a blast, keep reading.

Top 15 Tequilas Perfect for Margaritas 

15. La Gritona Reposado Tequila

La Gritona Reposado on table with shot glass

Average Price: roughly $43 per 750ml

Distillery: Vinos y Licores Azteca

Alcohol Proof: 80 

Why We Liked It: This tequila reposado has a real agave flavor that can elevate a Margarita because of its strong aroma of piña fruit. It blends well with an orange liqueur because this tequila variant is not so sweet.

14. Roca Patrón Silver

Roca Patrón Silver on desk with pickles

Average Price: roughly $70 per 750ml

Distillery: Hacienda Patrón

Alcohol Proof: 90

Why We Liked It: Roca Patrón Silver is from Patron, a well-reputed tequila brand. This tequila variant is a top-shelf bottle and is an excellent sipping tequila apart from being a great mixing base. 

The aroma and taste of citrus fruits, white pepper, and cooked agave (1) work very well in any Margarita recipe. 

13. ElVelo Tequila Blanco

ElVelo Tequila Blanco on table with cocktail

Average Price: roughly $32 per 750ml

Distillery: La Cofradia Distillery

Alcohol Proof: 89

Why We Liked It: We liked this Blanco tequila because of its full roasted agave aroma and tasting notes. 

Using agave grown in volcanic soils produced a rich aroma and taste. It also has a higher proof, the right pick if you want your cocktail spiked a little. 

12. Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila

Maestro Dobel Diamante on desk with mangoes

Average Price: roughly $46 per 750ml

Distillery: Proximo Spirits

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: Maestro Dobel Diamante is the original Cristalino. It has an excellent reputation and an undeniable elegant flavor. It is smooth and clear, making it easy to mix in any cocktail, especially a Margarita. 

11. Pasote Blanco Tequila

Pasote on table with cocktail

Average Price: roughly $42 per 750ml

Distillery: El Pandillo Distillery

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: We like the strong scent and full taste of agave. The spicy pepper and citrusy taste give the Margarita a balanced flavor.

The clearness of this variant makes it a good choice for a Margarita. Compared to a gold tequila, this Blanco tequila will provide the needed agave flavors less the color. 

10. Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco

Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco with box and cocktail on desk

Average Price: roughly $79 per 750ml

Distillery: Casa Dragones

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: Casa Dragones Blanco tequila has a delicious blue Weber agave taste blended with just the right amount of black pepper and clove with the sweetness of the green apple. 

The smooth texture of Casa Dragones Blanco is a common trait of small batch tequila brands, which is great in making margaritas.

9. Codigo 1530 Rosa Tequila

Codigo 1530 Rosa on table with pink cocktail

Average Price: roughly $65 per 750ml

Distillery: Codigo 1530

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: We like that this Blanco has a unique trait uncommon to Blanco tequilas.

Aging it in an ex-Napa Cabernet barrel gave it an exciting pink hue but did not lower its quality. You can mix Margaritas with this unique savory Blanco. 

8. Tequila Avión Reposado

Avión Reposado on desk with watermelon

Average Price: roughly $50 per 750ml

Distillery: Productos Finos de Agave

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: Tequila Avión reposado is one of the reposado tequilas with raw agave smell as strong as a Blanco. 

This reposado tequila has an almost neutral taste, making it a good fit for cocktails. We love the oily but tasty savor of premium tequila in our Margarita. 

7. Siembra Valles High Proof Blanco

Siembra Valles High Proof Blanco on table with cocktail

Average Price: roughly $59 per 750ml

Distillery: Destileria Cascahuín

Alcohol Proof: 92

Why We Liked It: We like the high alcohol content that goes perfectly with the strong cooked agave. This bottle is one of the best tequilas for Margaritas because of its grassy, agave flavor. 

It can also provide your Margarita with the needed alcohol without causing the flavor to change. 

6. Olmeca Altos Tequila Plata

Olmeca Altos Plata on desk with tequila sunrise cocktail

Average Price: roughly $30 per 750ml

Distillery: Destileria Colonial de Jalisco

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: The refined grassy yet fruity flavors of Olmeca Altos Plata made us pick this Blanco. Its agaves are from Los Altos, where the juiciest agave nectar is harvested. 

This spirit has a slight bite, a trait of authentic tequila. With its competitive price, this is one of the best tequilas for Margaritas.  

5. Teremana Blanco Tequila

Teremana Blanco on table with cocktail

Average Price: roughly $33 per 750ml

Distillery: Destileria Teremana De Agave, S.A.

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: This variant is one of the Blanco tequilas because of its crisp flavor and smoothness. It is a high-quality tequila from Jalisco, Mexico, and a very affordable tequila too. 

Margaritas are tequila’s natural vehicle, and with Teremana Blanco, you will surely have a delicious Margarita. 

4.  Espolòn Tequila Blanco

Espolòn Blanco on desk with sashimi

Average Price: roughly $28 per 750ml

Distillery: Casa San Nicolas

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: Espolòn Blanco is one of the best tequilas produced in Jalisco, Mexico using locally-grown agave. 

What makes this Blanco tequila different is its smooth flavor at a price so low. It is fruity with a good mix of baking spices. 

3. Villa One Silver Tequila

Villa One Silver on desk with margarita

Average Price: roughly $42 per 750ml

Distillery: Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: We love the lasting sweet, agave taste of Villa One Silver Tequila. This tequila lacked superficial additives and was just distilled agave syrup (2).

The taste of roasted fruit of the agave plant and its natural sweetness is the only dominating flavor of this silver tequila.

Mix this great tequila with triple sec, and you will have a savory Margarita.

Read: List of Mexican-Owned Tequilas

2. Exotico Blanco 100% Agave Tequila

Exotico Blanco on table with a glass of margarita

Average Price: roughly $21 per 1L

Distillery: González Distillers

Alcohol Proof: 80

Why We Liked It: Like most expensive tequilas, this Blanco tequila is pure blue agave tequila.

The usual earthy flavors of unaged agave spirits are not very common in an aged tequila, whether a reposado tequila or an añejo tequila. 

The raw flavors tend to be lost as they acquire the character of the oak barrels they were stored in. 

Exotico Blanco tequila has earthy agave tasting notes, vanilla, and cinnamon which blends very well with fresh lime juice or triple sec. 

1. Herradura Directo Del Alambique Silver Tequila

Herradura Directo Del Alambique Silver with box on desk

Average Price: roughly $106 per 750ml

Distillery: Casa Herradura

Alcohol Proof: 110

Why We Liked It: Unlike reposado tequila or añejo tequila, this high-proof silver tequila pairs well with any cocktail because of its raw agave taste. 

Herradura has the straightforward agave and oak flavor, a traditional palate Mexicans love.

The added citrus and Olive oil on this tequila Blanco, along with the herbs, give the savor a bit of a twist. 

FAQs 

What is the best type of tequila for a Margarita?

The best type of tequila for a Margarita is a Blanco tequila because it has the raw savory taste of agaves. Some reposados work because they make the cocktail a smoother drink.

Añejo tequilas don’t usually work because they have more complex flavors because of the oak barrels they were aged in. 

Does tequila matter in a Margarita?

Yes, tequila matters in a Margarita because it can influence the final flavor of the cocktail.

A Blanco tequila has a true agave taste that can elevate the Margarita taste. Aged tequilas, especially añejos, may not be a good pick. But does a Margarita mix contain alcohol?

How do you pick tequila for a Margarita?

You pick the tequila for a Margarita based on its agave content, which says 100% pure agave or puro agave.

The authenticity of the flavors in a Blanco tequila remains after mixing the rest of the ingredients.

Final Thoughts

The best tequila for Margaritas is Herradura Directo Del Alambique Silver Tequila. This tequila is an all-time favorite spirit because of its authentic taste and high alcohol content. After all. what’s a Margarita without a kick? 

The best tequilas for Margaritas should blend well with other ingredients and stand out without overpowering everything else.  

So, tequila aficionados, take your pick, and be ready to have a refreshing Margarita.  

References:

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/agave
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/distilled-beverage

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