6 Smooth Tequilas to Use in Your Favorite Margarita Recipe
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6 Smooth Tequilas to Use in Your Favorite Margarita Recipe

Margarita Recipe

It’s hard to think of a more definitive tequila cocktail than the margarita. Whether your favorite margarita recipe is made frozen, on the rocks, straightforward or loaded with modern twists, it’ll likely combine tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur (frequently triple sec, or possibly Grand Marnier if you want to add deep cognac flavor). 

With hundreds of flavor-forward tequilas on the market, it can be hard to find a brand that pairs well with lime and orange without overpowering them. Here are six tequilas that will mix perfectly with your homemade summer margarita.

Casamigos Blanco


Launched by actor George Clooney and nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber, Casamigos has quickly established itself as a staple within a tequila industry already chock-full of celebrity-associated brands. Light on the palate with fresh hints of tropical fruit, papaya and guava, Casamigos Blanco is a perfect addition to any margarita’s bright flavor profile.

Generally, blanco will be the tequila of choice for your margarita. Blanco tequilas are clear and unaged, offering a fresh addition to your fruity drink without overpowering its zesty flavors. At $63 a bottle, Casamigos Blanco might not be the cheapest blanco on the market, but it is often regarded as an excellent starting point. 

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Espólon Blanco


Sitting at a comfortable $30, Espólon Blanco is perhaps the most reliable tequila at its budget-friendly price point. Espólon Blanco’s smooth, uncrowded flavor will bring subtle notes of pepper, vanilla bean and spice without pushing out the signature lime character in your margarita. 

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Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco 

Casa Dragones

Crowned as the “Best Blanco Tequila” by Epicurious and named by Vogue as 2018’s “Best Gift of the Summer,” Casa Dragones Blanco certainly comes with a reputation. The water used in this blanco is brought in from the natural springs of Volcano de Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico, giving it a bright, mineral-tinted aftertaste. 

Balancing flavors of grapefruit, apple, pepper and cloves, there is a lot going on in this tequila blanco. Nonetheless, Casa Dragones Blanco is renowned for its smooth finish, one which works well within a margarita. If you want to see what all the rage is about, a bottle of Casa Dragones Blanco will cost a hefty $82. 

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Tequila Fortaleza Blanco

Tequila Fortaleza has garnered a dedicated following, famous among enthusiasts for the handwritten note on each bottle marking its batch number. Whether you’re drinking a Lot-16 or a Lot-100 Fortaleza Blanco, you can expect similar touches of black pepper, citrus and olive.

Though Fortaleza allows a certain level of cross-mixing between its different batches in order to maintan consistency, those with a discerning palate will be pick up the subtle differences in each lot. While some of the rarer lots of Fortaleza Blanco can cost upwards of $100, you can find most bottles online for around $45 if you want to add this blanco to your collection without breaking the bank.

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Milagro Reposado

Margarita Recipe

Not every margarita needs a tequila blanco. For those looking to spice things up a little, Tequila Milagro Reposado brings flashes of pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and caramel, perfect for some of your more off-kilter margarita recipes. 

Though the inclusion of a reposado, which is aged anywhere from two months to a year, might turn off some margarita purists, Milagro Reposado is known first and foremost for its clean finish. If you’re looking to add syrupy, spicy hints to your margarita without sacrificing the drink’s bolder flavors, a bottle of Milagro Reposado will cost $43. 

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ElVelo Tequila Reposado 

ElVelo makes a fantastic tequila blanco that works well in just about any margarita, but its tequila reposado in particular makes it onto this list because of its unique barreling process. After distillation, ElVelo Tequila Reposado is rested in ex-Jack Daniel’s barrels for five months – combining the tequila’s light flavor with some of whiskey’s darker, buttery flourishes.

What’s more, ElVelo Tequila Reposado is 44.5% ABV, making it one of the higher-proof tequilas on the market. For a strong, dark addition to your margarita, ElVelo Tequila Reposado will cost $48. 

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