Consider This Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Tequilas for Margaritas


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Like many cocktail origin stories, the history of the margarita is understandably hazy. But whatever you believe about the margarita’s past, this beloved Mexican cocktail is all about living in the present. From the best backyard dinner parties to the most unforgettable happy hours, there’s no wrong occasion to enjoy a well-made margarita. With the rise of expertly crafted tequilas, now is one of the best times to indulge.

For budding bartenders, there are a few key elements to look out for when selecting the perfect tequila for a tasty margarita. Made from the blue agave plant that grows in various regions in Mexico, the main indicator of a good tequila is that its made with 100% blue agave. You'll also often come across Blanco and Reposado variations of the alcohol. The former is thought of as the purest form of tequila while the latter indicates that it's been aged for anywhere between two months and a year in an oak barrel.

Whether you’re mixing at home or drinking out, here’s how to make the most of this classic cocktail. Read on to discover eight of the best tequilas for margaritas.