Margarita is the most popular cocktail in the United States. It is made from tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur and sometimes served with salt; the right combination of these ingredients is the secret to having the best margarita. In moderation, margaritas have some health benefits since lime juice provides vitamin C, and tequila speeds up digestion. However, the type of tequila determines the benefits you can get from the margarita. The best tequila is from Jalisco; it is made from 100% blue Weber agave plant. Therefore, the list below comprises the best tequila you can use for any margarita recipe.
1. Teremana Blanco
Dwayne Johnson had thought about going into the tequila business due to his love for the drink. However, he held on, waiting for the right time, which he thought would be in March 2020. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and instead of going for the full-scale marketing campaign to launch his tequila, the former wrestler opted to use social media. He made margaritas every week on Instagram and answered any questions his audience had. Within nine months, he sold 300 cases of Teremana Blanco. Johnson said that his tequila goes with everything, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but he loves pairing it with warm chocolate chip cookies. As for using Teremana Blanco in a margarita, one of the best recipes is the people’s margarita. All you need is 2 ounces of Teremana Blanco, 0.75 ounces of lime juice, 0.5 ounces of nectar, and an ounce of pineapple juice, though you can adjust to your desired taste. Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, then strain into a glass over fresh ice. You can garnish with pineapple leaves, sea salt, or a slice of lime.
2. Exotico Blanco
According to Exotico Tequila, making this tequila takes a lot of skill and dedication. It is made from 100% blue Weber agave grown in the Jalisco highlands, whose red soil facilitates the production of a sweeter agave heart. Although the agave plants take between 7 and 15 years to reach maturity, the distillery is patient enough and selects the best. The production process entails cooking, milling, fermentation, distillation, and resting for six months before it can be sold. Due to the long resting process, the Exotico Blanco tequila has a rich, smooth taste with lots of vanilla flavor, a hint of mint, and a sweetness that can only compare to honey. You can mix it, cook with it or pair it with any food. It is perfect for sipping, and at $12.99 a bottle, it is worth every penny. One easy margarita recipe comprises the following ingredients: 2 ounces of Exotico Blanco, 1.5 ounces of pineapple juice, 0.5 ounces of real strawberry puree, and 0.5 ounces of lime juice. Shake all the ingredients over ice, and pour the contents into a rocks glass. Top it with a garnish of strawberry or lime wheel.
3. Patrón Silver
Like the Exotico Blanco tequila, Patrón Silver is also made from 100% Blue Weber agave. The harvesting process is similar too, with the workers waiting until the agave matures, usually after eight years. They strip away the leaves to reveal the heart of the agave. The hearts are baked in a small oven, ensuring they are evenly cooked before being crushed by a tahona wheel and roller mill. According to Patrón Silver, Patrón has more working tahona wheels than any other tequila producer worldwide. Tahona wheels are used to crush agave to squeeze the juice used to make the tequila. After fermentation and distillation, the tequila is aged for months. The classic Patrón Silver margarita is easy to make and is ideal for any weather. All you need are 1.5 ounces of Patrón Silver, an ounce of Patrón Citrónge orange, 0.75 ounces of fresh lime juice, and 0.25 ounces of simple syrup. Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the drink into a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
4. Don Julio Blanco
Don Julio Blanco tequila is named after its founder, Don Julio González, whose father died when the young boy was only 15. Julio became the breadwinner in a family of seven children, so he worked at a farm, hoping to make ends meet. Unfortunately, a weekly wage of nine pesos was barely enough to sustain the family, so he started selling tequila from wooden barrels across Jalisco. Soon, Julio was earning nine pesos daily, which enticed him to think about starting his own distillery. He approached the wealthiest man in Atotonilco for a loan, and the merchant lent Julio 20,000 pesos. Julio bought his first distillery at 17 years and made the Don Julio brand, which according to Diageo Bar Academy, became the world’s first luxury premium tequila. He prioritized quality over quantity which the brand has retained to date. It is, therefore, no wonder that Andrea Cornwell, Ocean Prime’s beverage director, praises it as the margarita tequila of choice. One quick margarita recipe comprises 1.5 ounces of Don Julio tequila, 0.75 ounces of fresh lime juice, and 0.5 ounces of simple syrup. Combine the three into a cocktail shaker with ice, then shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish using a lime wedge.
5. El Jimador Reposado
Advanced Mixology cites el Jimador Reposado as one of the best tequilas for margaritas, globally. Its rich aroma combines the unmistakable vanilla scent with fruits, spices, cooked agave, and toasted wood. The tequila is made from 100% hand-harvested Blue Weber agave hearts. They are crushed to produce a liquid that is naturally fermented and distilled. It is then aged for three months in white oak casks, giving the drink a smooth finish when sipped straight. You can enjoy the tequila as a margarita made from 2 ounces of el Jimador Silver tequila, an ounce of lime juice, 0.5 ounces of orange juice, and 0.75 ounces of simple syrup. You use the same process as when making other margaritas aforementioned, then garnish with a wheel of lime.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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