Most people base their choices on the brand name and some on its prices. If it is expensive, it must taste good. Hornitos has built a reputation over the years, but their prices are very affordable. How do they continue to keep their prices after over 50 years of producing quality tequilas?
Let’s find out in this Hornitos price guide.
How Tequila Hornitos Started
Hornitos was a product owned by Don Francisco Javier Sauza, first distilled in 1950 in Jalisco, Mexico. Similar to other quality blends, it is from ripe Blue Agave found only on Mexican desserts. In 1970, because of the increase in demand for tequila production, they partnered with Pedro Domecq.
Now, these bottles are distributed in the United States and the world by Beam Suntory. Hornitos tequila may have a cheap price, but you can enjoy shots with your friends with it.
How It’s Made
This is an authentic Mexican tequila made from the Blue Weber agave plant. These are roasted or baked and then ground to prepare for fermentation inside oak barrels. Hornitos Reposado Tequila is a bit sweet. The aging process for Hornitos Plata is not usually long. That is why it does not have the touch of wood flavors. It could add to the texture and the savor of Hornitos Tequila if these are fermented longer.
Compared to Other Brands
The similarity of the two is just in the matter of prices as Rose Tequila is a strawberry-flavored tequila drink. Each bottle of Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream is roughly $17.99 – $21.99. They do have their own flavored drink, the Hornitos Lime Shot, which is similarly priced, but this beverage’s flavor is zesty citrus. Hornitos Plata has the same price range per bottle.
Milagro has anejo products, aged not very long except for the Milagro Unico 2, an Añejo Tequila. This is from premium piñas with a hint of pepper and notes of cinnamon and vanilla, which cost roughly $269.99 – $299.99. The regular bottles of this company are only roughly $21.99 – $27.99.
Patron is an established company that uses the Blue Agave plant (1) to create Añejo that is full of flavors. Their aging process includes storing it in wooden containers to provide color and character to their spirits, in addition to the hints of cinnamon, tropical fruits, and toasted wood that are all so smooth to the tongue. The most affordable Patron bottle is between $21.99 – $23.99.
Don Julio treats their piñas extra special and ages their Añejo in oak barrels to add character. Their special distillation provides them with high-standard liquors, which is why their prices are higher than other manufacturers. Their cheapest bottles are around $41.99-45.99, while the Don Julio Real Tequila is roughly $399.99 – $419.99.
Jose Cuervo is also a premium standard tequila that has been around for ages. Though they are of high quality, this brand is still classified under the standard category. The price of every bottle varies since they cater to both masses and high-end stores and clubs. Their categorization has got nothing to do with the premium tequila they provide to their customers. The Jose Cuervo Especial Silver is around $16.99 – $18.99.
Avion is another popular choice because of their Reserva 44, one of the top-shelf choices and an expensive one. The regular product is around $34.99 – $38.99, which is comparable to Hornitos Plata 1.75ml at about $34.99 – $38.99. The sizes differ as well, but the reason behind the cost of Avion is their lengthy processing, longer than the other. They ferment and rest their tequila to add natural color and savor to it.
Being a producer of premium tequila, it follows that the bottle they produce also has a high amount on its tag. The lowest-priced bottle is Deleon Platinum which is between $37.99 – $49.99. They also have their special releases, such as Deleon Leona sold roughly $649.99 – $699.99. The name DeLeon has been in the tequila industry for not that long but has surely gained the hearts of American drinkers.
Common Tequila Hornitos Prices
|Hornitos Cristalino||750ml||80||$28.99 – $32.99|
|Hornitos Plata||375ml||80||$12.99 – $19.99|
|750ml||80||$19.99 – $24.99|
|1.75L||80||$36.99 – $43.99|
|Smirnoff Watermelon||750ml||70||$9.47 – $11.99|
|Hornitos Black Barrel||750ml||80||$28.99 – $32.99|
|Hornitos Anejo||750ml||80||$25.99 – $35.99|
|Hornitos Lime Shot||750ml||80||$19.99 – $24.99|
|Hornitos Reposado||750ml||80||$19.99 – $24.99|
How To Drink It
Hornitos does not have a requirement on how to drink a bottle of tequila, but Mexicans insist that they should take tequila neat. They do not even suggest that you finish it with a sip on a lemon or rimming the glass because that would be disrespectful to the flavors of the Blue Agave Plant. However, this product also goes well with a blend of lime juice – simply stir and enjoy.
Popular Tequila Hornitos-Based Cocktails
- 1 1/2 ounce Hornitos Añejo Tequila
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- A teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
Place components in a mixing glass along with ice. Stir. Strain contents and pour on cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries. Serve.
- 1-ounce orange juice
- 2-ounce tomato juice
- 1-ounce lime juice
- Tabasco Sauce (drops)
- Worchester sauce (drops)
Place all components in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour on shot glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with a lime wheel.
What kind of soda goes with Hornitos tequila?
Hornitos Tequila is perfect with club soda or seltzer. Adding soda can enhance the savor present in tequila. You can also choose to use grapefruit soda and turn it into a Paloma.
Is tequila stronger than vodka?
No. Vodka is stronger than tequila since the required ABV for vodka in the US is 40% and above. That means it can go as strong as it wants. Tequila, on the other hand, has an ABV content between 35% to 55%.
Hornitos Tequila is a good tequila, and there is a big chance of improving the flavor of each bottle. The price is very affordable, but that does not mean savor should also be plain, although each drinker has their own preference.
A tequila bottle from this company will do great mixed with fruit juices or a squeeze of lime after good food, though. All-in-all, this tequila is not a bad wine, it just needs a bit of improvement to be one of the best choices there is.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds!