Tequila in my opinion is the most important ingredient when creating a Margarita. Not only does it effect the taste, but it can make a difference on how you feel the next day! I have spent many mornings waking up with a jackhammer cranking away at my brain.
I now realize that it was probably cheap, “bottom shelf” tequila that made me feel so awful. There have been cases when I’ve been out at a bar/restaurant, had one or two Margaritas and have woken up with a splitting headache. Those $2 happy hour margs weren’t a great idea after all…
Most restaurants will use a Mixto tequila for their house Margaritas.
I typically avoid Mixto now because they are only 51 percent agave, the other half is added cane sugars, flavoring and coloring (causing you to have that awful hangover the next day). When choosing a tequila, I look for one that is 100 percent Pure Agave.
Let’s chat about two tequilas that I love:
Don Julio Tequila
One of my favorite tequilas, it is incredibly smooth. It is named after the founder, Don Julio Gonzalez-Frausto Estrada, who began distilling in 1942, at only 17 years old. He spent the next 40 years perfecting his craft, sharing his first tequilas with only friends and family. He is considered to be the creator of the first luxury tequila.
The unique slow roasting of the freshest part of pinas for 72 hours, results in a richer and more polished tequila. Some people compare Don Julio to Patron, but dare I say, I like it better. I used to think Patron was the end all, be all. But actually they just have a genius marketing team. They started by targeting nightclubs where it was presented as “sophisticated” and “premium” and it soon became trendy to order a round of Patron shots. Hear me out, Patron is good, but just a little over-priced.
This 750 ml bottle costs about $57 here in Fredericksburg, Virginia. If you really want to splurge, you could try Don Julio 1942, that will set you back about $130, but it is meant more for sipping.
I didn’t realize I had so much in common with George Clooney – Our love for tequila! He is actually one of the co-founders of Casamigos, another one of my favorites.
This bottle pictured below was gifted to us from great friends, I wonder if they chose this tequila for its meaning, “house of friends”!
Casamigos, founded in 2013 is grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. This tequila delivers clean and crisp hints of citrus, vanilla and agave. I’ve also heard rumors of this one being “hangover proof”. I just may have to take one for the team and test this on myself!
Anyone else feel like they get hangovers easily? Maybe I’m just getting old…
A bottle of this tequila, also 750 ml, will cost you about $45.
I hope you learned a little bit about tequila today. Who knows, maybe I saved you from a hangover this weekend! Disclaimer – Yes, these tequilas are higher quality, but if you drink the whole bottle, you will probably still get a hangover…
As always, please drink your Margaritas responsibly.