It’s also the most celebratory because it’s been branded with certain hedonistic associations that encompass every possible negative stereotype about Mexico while still getting the vibe right.
What kind of Tequila to Buy for Cocktails?
The first thing to know is that you, the discerning mixologist, are looking for 100% agave Tequila for your cocktails. It will say so right there on the bottle. That’s the basic standard. If you follow it you can’t go too wrong.
Most people assume that all Tequilas were created equal. That, gasp!, there is a single type of Tequila. But actually, there are pure Tequilas and those made with additives.
If you're going for the low(est) shelf Tequila, then you’re most likely buying a Tequila with additives. Often they're a mixture of Tequila and sugar cane spirits. And the ones that are called "gold" are a mixture of older and younger Tequilas with some caramel coloring added.
Should I mix Blanco, Reposado or Anejo Tequila in my Cocktails?
Three types of Tequila you can find out there are based on age and their contact with wood. The wood is usually a Whiskey barrel, but there are all sorts of experiments in the industry so you may see some notation about that on the bottle.
All three types of Tequila work differently in cocktails, so depending what drinks you want to mix, choose the one that will fit best:
Blanco, Silver, or White
There is also an unofficial super-anejo (Extra Anejo) category which simply means that the Tequila is aged for more than three years. Since those are very expensive and made to be sipped you don’t want to use them in cocktails.
Which Brand of Tequila should I buy?
Remember the first lesson of the Tequila world, buy only 100% agave Tequilas and you’ll be well on your way to serving something good. Seriously, we live in a golden age for Tequila so you have many good options. Here's a list of the Best Tequilas to drink in 2021! Also, if f you're a true Tequila lover: Flaviar offers Tequila-themed subscription boxes with hard-to-find Tequila & Mezcal brands.
Ready to start mixing? Try these Tequila cocktail recipes.