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Top 10 Best Tequilas for Margaritas in the UK 2021 (Patrón, Don Julio and More)

These days we're coming round to the fact that a good-quality tequila is better shaken, stirred or sipped than it is downed as a shot. White, or blanco, tequila may be the classic base for a margarita, but with so many exquisite bottle to choose from, why limit yourself and your cocktail shaker?


If you're a lover of Mexico's most famous cocktail (and the agave-based spirit that makes it what it is) then this is the article for you! We've put together our tips and advice and advice on how to choose the best tequila for your margarita, alongside our ranking of the top 10 best in the UK. All our favourite picks are available from Amazon, eBay, Tesco and Waitrose to have you clinking those margarita glasses in no time at all.

  • Last updated: 01-05-2021
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How to Choose a Tequila for Margaritas in the UK - Buying Guide

With so many variations of tequilas available online, narrowing it down to the perfect choice for your margarita can be a difficult one. But don't worry, we've done the research so you don't have to, and we're here to shed some light on the best types of tequila to go for within your budget!

Blanco and Reposado Tequilas Are Best Suited to Margaritas, Rosa Tequila Brings an Exciting New Take

There are five types of tequila: blanco, reposado, añejo, extra añejo and joven. Although you can technically use any of these in a margarita, blanco and reposado are the two best suited to the flavours of a margarita. Read on to delve a little deeper into the different types and what they each bring to the table.

Light, Clean and Low Calorie, Blanco Is the Classic Margarita Base

Light, Clean and Low Calorie, Blanco Is the Classic Margarita Base

Blanco tequila is the classic type of tequila used for making margaritas and other cocktails. This light tequila, also known as plata or silver tequila, is aged for less than two months (or not at all) and as such conveys the true essence of the agave plant.


Blanco tequila has a reputation for having a harsh, astringent taste, but there are endless premium tequilas out there that prove this actually isn't the case at all. Blanco tequila is simply divine with light, citrusy drinks and it's gluten-free, low calorie and low carb too!

Reposado Tequilas Are Smoother, With an Oaky Profile and a Golden Hue

Reposado Tequilas Are Smoother, With an Oaky Profile and a Golden Hue

Aged from around three months to a year, reposado tequilas offer a smooth taste without too much bite. Reposado is perfect for those who like their margaritas with a smoother taste, and they generally have a little more oaky-ness than their blanco counterparts too. 


Reposado means "rested" in Spanish and reposado tequilas rest before they are bottled. Reposados take on the gold hue from the barrels in which they are aged, typically in oak or white oak, and the type of barrel influences the flavour of each individual bottle. Perfect for a not-too-strong margarita, that will be (maybe a little too) easy to drink!

Rosa Tequila Is Delicate and Delicious With a Floral Finish and a Subtle Pink Hue

You may not have heard of rosa, or rosé tequila, but it is certainly worth a sip if you like the idea of a delicate and delicious base to your cocktail. Beginning its journey as a blanco tequila, it then goes through an aging process in red wine oak barrels, giving the tequila an opportunity to absorb the flavour and colour of the wine-soaked casks.


Rosa tequila has only been aged for a short period of time, but just long enough to result in a spirit with a gorgeous floral finish and pink hue. That's why rosa is perfect for a margarita that will impress even the non-tequila drinkers.

Tequila Made From 100% Blue Weber Agave Has Superior Purity, Quality and Taste

Tequila Made From 100% Blue Weber Agave Has Superior Purity, Quality and Taste

Mexican law permits that tequila can only be made within Mexico, and more specifically only in certain municipalities in the states of Jalisco, Tamaulipas, Nayarit, Michoacán and Guanajuato. However, 90% of tequila is made in Jalisco, which is where tequila was originally born.


There are hundreds of varieties of agave that grow in Mexico, and many of them are used in the production of mezcal, but only blue Weber agave may be used to make tequila. There are two categories of quality when it comes to tequila production, mixto, or blended tequila, and 100% agave.


As you've probably already guessed, 100% agave tequila is the purest and highest quality tequila, forgoing the additives, flavourings and colourings you'll find in a standard mixto tequila. If you're looking for a premium bottle with a unique flavour profile that you'll want to savour, it has to be 100% agave.

Check the ABV to Enjoy Your Margarita Responsibly

Check the ABV to Enjoy Your Margarita Responsibly

Tequila usually contains between 38 - 40 % alcohol by volume, which is rather standard for a spirit, around the same as the ABV of many vodkas. Tequila is already low in calories, but if this is something that will be a deciding factor for you, those with a lower ABV will be lower in calories too.


Certain tequilas, such as some rosa tequilas have an ABV as low as 35 %, which offers a slightly healthier way to enjoy a tipple. Although, it's important to remember that tequilas with a lower ABV are still alcoholic after all, and drinking responsibly is key!

Top 10 Best Tequilas for Margaritas in the UK

Now we've got that bit out of the way it's time for the exciting part —the ranking of our top 10 favourite tequilas for margaritas in the UK. With artisan bottles from Olmeca Altos, Patrón and Casamigos, we're sure you'll find exactly what you need for a good old time!

10
Type of TequilaBlanco
Flavour NotesFloral
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage40 %
9
Type of TequilaReposado
Flavour NotesAgave, citrus, vanilla, wood
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage38 %
8

El JimadorTequila Reposado

£23.00

Type of TequilaReposado
Flavour NotesSpice, fruit, wood, vanilla, toasted hazelnuts
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage38 %
7

EspolònBlanco Super Premium Tequila

£20.50

Type of TequilaBlanco
Flavour NotesPepper, vanilla, pineapple, spice
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage40 %
6
Type of TequilaBlanco
Flavour NotesCitrus, vanilla, sweet agave
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage40 %
5

Código 1530Rosa Tequila

£55.00

Type of TequilaRosa
Flavour NotesCabernet, floral
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage35 %
4
Type of TequilaBlanco
Flavour NotesCitrus, pepper
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage38 %
3

Casa DragonesBlanco Tequila With Presentation Box

£89.95

Type of TequilaBlanco
Flavour NotesCloves, pepper, almonds
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage40 %
2
Type of TequilaBlanco
Flavour NotesCitrus, agave, tropical fruits
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage38 %
1

PatrónSilver Tequila

£45.00

Type of TequilaBlanco
Flavour NotesCitrus, sweet agave, pepper
100 % Agave Yes
Alcohol Percentage40 %

Compare the Best Tequilas for Margaritas

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1
Patrón Silver Tequila 1

Patrón

2
Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila 1

Olmeca Altos

3
Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila With Presentation Box 1

Casa Dragones

4
Don Julio Blanco Tequila 1

Don Julio

5
Código 1530 Rosa Tequila 1

Código 1530

6
Casamigos Blanco Tequila 1

Casamigos

7
Espolòn Blanco Super Premium Tequila 1

Espolòn

8
El Jimador Tequila Reposado 1

El Jimador

9
Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila 1

Olmeca Altos

10
VIVIR Tequila Blanco 1

VIVIR

Name

Silver Tequila

Plata Tequila

Blanco Tequila With Presentation Box

Blanco Tequila

Rosa Tequila

Blanco Tequila

Blanco Super Premium Tequila

Tequila Reposado

Reposado Tequila

Tequila Blanco

Features

Handcrafted With 100% Weber Blue Agave

Aromatic, Fruity and Well Balanced

This Pure Blue Agave Silver Tequila Makes a Great Gift

Crisp, Clean and Dry With a Hint of Spice

Aged for a Blush Hue and Light Floral Finish

For a Smooth, Subtle Taste With Citrus and Vanilla

Delicate Sweet Agave With Floral and Tropical Aromas

A Hint of Oakiness, Perfect For a Not-Too-Strong Margarita

Luscious Vanilla and Woody Flavours for Your Cocktail

An Award-Winning Tequila Blanco

Price£45.00£27.50£89.95£36.45£55.00£45.00£20.50£23.00£27.50£36.00
Type of TequilaBlancoBlancoBlancoBlancoRosaBlancoBlancoReposadoReposadoBlanco
Flavour NotesCitrus, sweet agave, pepperCitrus, agave, tropical fruitsCloves, pepper, almondsCitrus, pepperCabernet, floralCitrus, vanilla, sweet agavePepper, vanilla, pineapple, spiceSpice, fruit, wood, vanilla, toasted hazelnutsAgave, citrus, vanilla, woodFloral
100 % Agave YesYesYesYes YesYesYesYesYesYes
Alcohol Percentage40 %38 %40 %38 %35 %40 %40 %38 %38 %40 %
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Make Way for More Exciting Drinks Ideas

Make Way for More Exciting Drinks Ideas

You may be reading this article because you're tired of the same old beverages and want something a little different. Well, fear not because we have plenty of ideas to help you shake things up! From tangy hard seltzers to "the green fairy" check out the links below try a new tipple, or two.

Summary

So there you have it, the top ten best tequilas for creating that perfect margarita. From the rich cultural history and process of distilling tequila, to the different types and flavours available, we hope we've left you feeling inspired and ready for a tipple. That's the spirit!

Author: Melanie McPhail

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