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5 Different Types of Tequila (Plus Popular Cocktails)

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Quicklist: Different Types of Tequila

  1. Blanco Tequila
  2. Joven Tequila
  3. Reposado Tequila
  4. Añejo Tequila
  5. Extra Añejo Tequila

Twenty years ago there weren’t all that many tequila brands.

Fast forward and now we have bespoke tequilas popping up all over the place. Maybe George Clooney’s and Rande Gerber’s massive $1 billion success spurred the movement. Who knows?

Fancy brands aside, there are five main types of tequila. That’s what we cover here.

Tequila is a regional distilled drink that is made from the blue agave plant. This alcoholic drink is made primarily in the region surrounding the town of Tequila in the central western Mexican state of Jalisco. In most regions of the world, tequila is served as a shot with lime and salt, however, it is served neat in Mexico.

Tequila is a type of mezcal. The difference between the two is that tequila can only be made from blue agave plants while mezcal is from any type of agave. The Tequila volcano dominates the Jalisco landscape and its red volcanic soil is well-suited for the production of the blue agave plant. More than 300 million plants are harvested from the region each year for tequila production.

The type of tequila is dependent on where the blue agave plant was grown. Agaves that are harvested from the lowlands of the region tend to have a more herbaceous flavor and fragrance. Plants grown in the highlands of Los Altos have a sweeter taste and aroma as well as a larger size.

The required alcohol content for tequila production is 35-50%. Mexican law dictates that only the state of Jalisco and some limited municipalities in other states can produce tequila. In more than 40 countries, Mexico is recognized as the origin of tequila. 

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Map of Jalisco Mexico, heart of Mexico's traditional tequila production

Jalisco is one of 31 states which, along with the federal district of Mexico City, make up the administrative divisions of Mexico. 

 

History of Tequila

In pre-Columbian central Mexico, a fermented beverage called pulque was made by the Aztec culture from the agave plant. Spanish conquistadors distilled a fermented mash from agave plants to create a mezcal wine. 

At the beginning of the 17th century, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle began mass-producing tequila in Jalisco. The first person to export tequila to the United States was Don Cenobio Sauza. His grandson’s efforts led to international recognition of Jalisco as the birthplace of tequila.

Many tequila brands have remained family-owned businesses, but the most well-known have developed into multi-national corporations.

With more than 140 distilleries in Jalisco accounting for more than 1,500 brands of tequila, serial numbers are assigned to each bottle to document the product’s source. Due to the number of distilleries, multiple brands of tequila can come from the same location.

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Five Tequila Types

A lot of people think that there are only two types of tequila: the cheap kind that will ensure you are crippled the next morning with an unforgettable hangover that gives you dry mouth and a debilitating headache, or the premium, expensive tequila that drains the bank account.

In reality, there are five different types of tequila that differ in the way they are made and aged.

Some of the toughest regulations impact how tequila is produced. It can only be made around Tequila, Jalisco, and some other regions of Mexico including Michoacán, Nayarit, Guanajuato and Tamaulipas.

There are also two basic categories of tequila that dictate the production of the liquor. The first is called mixto, which includes at least 50% agave sugar in the production, mixed with other sugars like fructose and glucose. Secondly, a 100% agave tequila is made only from the sugars of blue agave plants.

Blanco Tequila

Shots of Silver Tequila

Blanco tequila is a clear white spirit drink, which is commonly known as ‘plata’ or ‘silver’ tequila. This type of tequila is usually served un-aged. Right after being distilled, it is bottled and packaged to be sold.

During the production process, some distillers will allow the spirit to settle or ‘finish’ in stainless steel tanks for around four weeks before it is bottled for sale. Some rare blanco tequila products are even aged for two months for a ‘suave’ or smooth spirit.

This type of tequila is known for the truest flavors since it is served in its purest form. The flavor of the blue agave plant can truly shine since it hasn’t gone through the aging process in wood barrels. Distillers have been known to call this type of tequila, “the essence of tequila.” This is because it holds the most genuine taste of the natural sweetness of blue agaves.

Joven Tequila

Shots of gold Tequila.

The name Joven is derived from the Spanish word meaning ‘young.’ It is commonly known as Gold Tequila because of the rich golden or light brown color that the drink has. This liquor’s colors come from the flavoring agents added to it, such as sugar, oak tree extracts, glycerin and caramel coloring. These flavorings and colorings are added right before the bottling process begins.

Joven tequila is also made by combining un-aged Blanco tequila with other extra-aged or aged tequilas. The Joven tequila type isn’t as popular as other tequila types like Blanco, Añejo and Reposado. Gold tequila is mostly made from the mix to process and served in the form of mixed drinks, like margaritas. This is mainly because it is one of the more affordable types of tequila.

Reposado Tequila

Shots of aged Tequila

Reposado tequila is known as ‘rested’ or ‘aged’ tequila. It is heavily regulated by the Mexican government and production guidelines have been laid out clearly for the production of this type of tequila. Reposado tequila has to be aged in oak barrels for at least two months to be classified as this type. The maximum amount of aging is the year mark after distillation.

Reposado tequila has a gold color and is usually aged in French oak or white oak barrels. The resins and tannins in the barrels dictate the resulting flavor of the brand. Different types of wood barrels give the drink its different flavors. Barrels may be previously used to age other spirits like bourbon, whiskey, cognac, or wine, which can impact the taste of the tequila.

Añejo Tequila

High quality sipping tequila

Añejo tequila is derived from the Spanish word ‘old.’ Añejo tequila has guidelines for the aging process which dictate that the drink must be aged in oak barrels for at least a year but less than three years. The Mexican government has issued a law that states that for tequila to be considered añejo tequila, the liquor can only be aged in barrels with a maximum capacity of 600 liters.

This type of tequila is usually aged in French oak casks, whiskey barrels or cognac barrels. This tequila is usually richer, smoother, and more complex than reposado tequilas, which are only aged for a year at most. It develops a smooth amber color that is slightly darker than reposado tequila. These tequilas have also garnered the name of ‘vintage’ tequila.

Extra Añejo Tequila

High-quality dark tequila.

Extra Añejo tequila is also known as ultra-aged liquor. It was recognized by the Mexican government in 2006 and goes through the same process in the distillery as añejo tequila. It even has the same aging process as the añejo tequila but for a longer time period. This tequila is only classified as extra añejo if it has been aged for more than three years.

The tequila needs to be aged in a barrel that doesn’t exceed more than 600 liters. The result is a darker color of dark mahogany añejo. Due to the lengthy process behind the production of this extra añejo, this type of tequila is the most expensive but also the smoothest tequila. After the aging process has passed, the alcohol content of the liquor is diluted with distilled water.

Serving Tequila

Serving tequila for drinking.

The most traditional way to drink tequila in Mexico is neat, without any salt and lime on the side. In some regions, fine tequila is served with a side of sangrita as well. This is a sour, sweet, and spicy drink which is usually made with grenadine or tomato juice, orange juice, and hot chili. Equal-sized shots of sangrita and tequila are sipped alternately to take the edge off the tequila being consumed.

Bandera is another popular tequila drink in Mexico named after the Mexican flag. It is made with three shot glasses that resemble the flag with one filled with lime juice (for the green color), one with white tequila and the last one with sangrita (for the red color).

In the rest of the world, tequila is usually served with a slice of lime and salt. This sometimes referred to as “lick-sip-suck”, “lick-shoot-suck”, or “training wheels” since the ingredients are imbibed in this way, but overall, it is called the Tequila Cruda. The drinkers of the Tequila Cruda moisten the back of their hands by licking right below the index finger and then pour salt on it.

The salt is licked off, and the tequila is drunk. It is then followed by quickly biting off the fruit slice. This is usually a group activity that is conducted in a simultaneous fashion. In some regions, people drink tequila in a way that is known as the Tequila Slammer. This is the combination of a carbonated drink with a mix of tequila.

Lime is the most common chaser for tequila shots since it balances and enhances the flavor of tequila. Salt also helps to lessen the burn of tequila. In some countries like Germany, ‘oro’ gold tequila is often consumed with a slice of orange and cinnamon. White tequila like Blanco is usually only served with lime and salt.

The bottles of tequilas are considered mixto tequila unless they have a label on them that shows that they are manufactured with 100% blue agave. Some tequila manufacturers do have labels like ‘made with/from blue agave’ but only those made completely from agave can be designated as 100% agave.

Some lower-quality tequila brands market their products to be served chilled, especially when consumed as a shot. Chilling the alcohol of lower-quality tequila actually helps to mask the smell and flavor it has. When chilled, the alcoholic drink is more palatable to the customer.

If you choose higher-quality, 100% agave tequila, you will not experience any significant alcohol burn. It will probably remove most of the flavor if you have it with lime and salt.

This is why these types of tequilas are usually sipped from a snifter glass rather than the normal shot glass; they are designed to be savored instead of quickly gulped. Sipping allows the drinker to taste the subtle flavors and fragrances that would otherwise be missed.

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Tequila Glasses

Shot glasses.

When tequila is served neat (without any additional ingredients), it is served in narrow shot glasses called ‘Caballito.’ This word means ‘little horse’ in Spanish. However, it can also be served in tumblers or snifters. The Riedel-made Ouverture Tequila glass was approved as the official tequila glass in 2002 by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila.

Some people also use the margarita glass for tequila consumption. It is often lined with salt or sugar and has become the staple for most tequila-mixed drinks.

Tequila-Based Cocktails

There are many cocktails that are made using tequila, each with their own flavor profile.

Margaritas

Margaritas glasses

The tequila-infused margarita cocktail is one of the most popular drinks in the United States, which also helped make tequila popular in general. A margarita combines lime juice, orange liqueur and, of course, tequila. It is often served with salt lined on the rim of the glass. The drink is usually served shaken on the rocks (with ice), without ice, or blended with ice (frozen margaritas).

It is acceptable to serve margaritas in different types of glasses from wine or cocktail glasses to pint glasses or large schooners. However, the drink is traditionally served in eponymous margarita glasses, which is a stepped-diameter variant of champagne coupes and cocktail glasses.

Paloma

Paloma drinks

This tequila-based cocktail is named after the Spanish word for ‘dove.’ The Paloma is usually prepared by combining tequila, grapefruit-flavored soda like Jarritos, Squirt, or Fresca, and lime juice. It is served on the rocks, usually with a lime wedge and sometimes with salt on the rim of the glass. Some people replace the grapefruit soda with fresh red or white grapefruit juice called Jugo de Toronja. It can also be made with club soda (optional sugar) and freshly-squeezed lime juice.

Simple Paloma is only made from two ingredients: grapefruit-flavored soda and tequila. More complex variants are called Cantarito, which has lime juice and orange or lemon juice.

Martinis

Martini cocktail

Martinis are usually made with vermouth or gin and served with a garnish of lemon twists or an olive. Some versions of this drink are made with white Blanco tequila and sweet white vermouth. Tequila martinis are served with lemon juice and dashes of orange bitters. They are usually garnished with a lemon twist or olive, as well.

Tequila Sunrise

Colorful Tequila Sunrise drink.

The Tequila Sunrise a popular, colorful cocktail made with orange juice, grenadine syrup and tequila. It is served in a tall glass, unmixed. The origin of the drink dates back to the 1970s from Sausalito, California, and gets its name from its appearance — a ‘sunrise’ created through gradations in color.

The Matador

Colorful Matador drink

The Matador is less widely known than the margarita but remains a popular tequila-based cocktail. The structure of the drink is relatively simple since it just has three main ingredients: lime juice, pineapple juice and Blanco tequila — the three main exports of Mexico. The pineapple acts as a sweetener for the drink. The Matador is often served in a champagne flute or martini glass.

Tequila Slammer

Tequila Slammer drink

Tequila Slammers are cocktails that are served in rock glasses. They are commonly known in Mexico as the mópet or muppet. The drink is named after the way it is consumed.

Around 50% of the glass is left empty to allow the drink to fizz, and then one’s hand is held over the top of the glass. It is then slammed into a hard surface that mixes the drink. This slamming action causes bubbles to rise, causing the drink to foam up. It is imbibed at once so that the gas doesn’t escape and causes swift intoxication.

Tequila Oro

Gold Tequila Oro

Tequila Oro is a popular drink in Germany. The added cinnamon and orange make for a nicer and sweeter alternative to the usual lemon and salt version. The latter usually leaves a ‘sour puss’ expression on people that can be avoided by this version. If you choose this tequila drink, go for the 100% agave, higher-quality tequila, since it can enhance the whole experience for you.

Bandera

Bandera means flag in Spanish and is quite literally a drink of three shots that look like the Mexican flag when arranged in the right order. This is considered a cocktail despite being served in three different shot glasses. One is filled with fresh lime juice for the green color, one with Blanco tequila for the white color, and the third is full of spicy tomato sangrita for the red color.

When you drink the cocktail, you take a sip of the tequila, followed by the lime juice and then the sangrita. The whole process goes together really well, but the key is to take small sips rather than shoot it down.

Top Types of Tequila Brands

Farmer in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico

Farmer walks through a field of blue agave plants in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico.

 

Don Julio

The Don Julio distillery, La Primavera, is located  in the Los Altos de Jalisco highlands. Founded in 1942 by 17-year-old Don Julio González-Frausto Estrada, the company is one of the most popular brands worldwide. Don Julio Blanco Tequila is the base from which all other variants are produced, with their super-premium extra añejo Real Tequila distilled anywhere from three to five years.

Patrón Tequila

Every tequila brand has a story behind it — all are steeped in Mexican culture but some mix their irrefutable authentic roots with a little marketing know-how to get their name out there. Patrón Tequila has followed the latter route to fame and fortune.

As John McCarthy notes in a Forbes profile of the world’s largest selling super-premium tequila brand, “(Patrón) took the world by storm with an absurdly expensive, 100% agave tequila in the 90’s when gold, “mixto” tequila was king.”

The company is the brainchild of shampoo billionaire John Paul DeJoria, the founder of Paul Mitchell hair care, who thought there wasn’t enough quality tequila available in the U.S. market and put a team together to right that wrong. Patrón Tequila was born, and with a little help from celebrities, such as rapper Lil Jon, the brand became the go-to choice in clubs and bars. 

Casa Noble

Casa Noble produces triple-distilled, certified organic, small-batch tequila in Blanco, Reposado and Añejo expressions. The tequila is aged in French Oak Barrels to create a unique complex flavor profile. 

Their website features cocktail recipes suitable for Blanc0 or Reposado and Añejo blends.

Espolón

Espolón Tequila, launched by master distiller Cirilo Oropeza (1940 – October 5, 2020) in 1998, is made at Destiladora San Nicolas in the Los Altos de Jalisco highlands. The company takes advantage of modern techniques when distilling and aging its product, including Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Añejo X. 

Fortaleza

Fortaleza Tequila dates its origins back to the 19th century: “Our great-great-grandfather, Don Cenobio, founded his first distillery – La Perseverancia – in 1873, in the town of Tequila, Jalisco . . . (he was) the first person to export ‘mezcal de tequila’ to the United States, shorten the name to just Tequila, and implement the use of steam to cook the agave (instead of an earthen pit), Cenobio also stated that the Blue Agave was the best agave to use for production.”

The family eventually sold the original business but began a new venture in 1999. Fortaleza currently offers a line of tequila products that includes Blanco, Still Strength, Reposado and Añejo.

El Luchador

Inspired by the Luche Libre, masked wrestlers of Mexico, tequilero David Ravandi (founder of 123 Organic Tequila) created the El Luchador brand in 2013 with the launch of El Luchador Overproof Organic Blanco Tequila.

Ravandi relaunched the brand in 2022 with an artisanal portfolio featuring Distill-Proof Blanco, Blanco, Reposado and Anejo. The latter spent 14 to 16 months resting in white oak barrels before its release in 2022.

An Extra Añejo product is scheduled to come out within the next three years.

El Tesoro

El Tesoro, named Agave Producer of the Year in 2021 in the International Wine & Spirit Competition, has roots that link back to the 19th century. Their first distillery was destroyed in 1910 at the beginning of the Mexican Revolution.

Don Felipe Camarena opened La Alteña Distillery in 1937, at a new location in Jalisco just a short distance from the family’s previous operations. 

They were one of the first to introduce anejo (nearly 40 years ago) and have continued to release a number of unique expressions — their limited edition offering, The Laphroaig Edition, combines the distilling tradition of tequila with the barrel-aging process of Scotch. 

Best Tequila for Various Uses and Preferences

The five basic types of tequila all have their own unique flavor, which means they are all best suited for different purposes. There’s also a significant variation between different brands of tequila. Which you choose will depend on your uses and preferences. 

Best Tequila for Margaritas

Margaritas on a cocktail glass and lime.

Best Premium: Patron Silver

Best Budget: El Jimador Silver Tequila

Best Alternative: La Gritona Reposado Tequila

Margaritas are the classic mixed drink for tequila. There are a seemingly endless variety of margaritas these days. However, the best tequila for margaritas will work well for any margarita, from classic to chocolate. 

Most experts recommend choosing a 100% agave tequila. Tequila mixto or oro are cheaper choices. However, they are mixed with another alcohol. 

If you want a budget margarita, they are OK. However, they won’t make the best margaritas. 

Silver tequila is clear, and has the strongest agave flavor. These are typically recommended for margaritas.

However, if you want a smoother character, aged tequilas are the way to go. A good reposado can make a great margarita.  

Best Tequila for Sipping

Best Premium: Maestro Dobel Cristalino Extra Anejo

Best Budget: Corralejo Reposado Tequila

Best Alternative: Pueblo Viejo Blanco

You can sip any tequila, but not all are pleasant. Sipping tequila should be high quality. They are meant to be enjoyed, and have a unique flavor profile. When sipped, you can savor the flavors. 

There’s a surprising amount of debate about which type of tequila is best for sipping. Some swear by Blanco. Others say Reposado is the best, and still others say cheers with Anejo, or Extra Anejo.

Personally, I prefer Reposado or Anejo. The aging process gives them complex flavors, with fruit and smoky notes being common. 

Best Tequila for Shots

Tequila Shots on glasses with salt.

Best Premium: Patron Roca Reposado

Best Budget: Don Julio Reposado 

Best Alternative: Casamigos Blanco

Best Tequila for Cooking

Grilled Chicken and Seafood: DeLeon Blanco

Griled Vegetables: Mijenta Reposado Reposado

Savory or Sweet Dishes: Espolon Anejo

Just About Everything: Del Maguey Mezcal

When you think of cooking with alcohol, tequila probably isn’t what comes to mind. Most people cook with wine. However, tequila can add a surprising amount of flavor to your dishes, if you use it correctly. 

Grilled chicken and seafood, and cold seafood work wonderfully with Blanco tequilas. The agave pairs particularly well with citrus notes. Essentially, if it pairs well with lime or lemon, it will pair well with Blanco as well. 

For grilled vegetables and more savory dishes, consider a Reposado. It’s a good choice for red meats, or dishes with an umami flavor profile. 

Anejo tequila is perfect for dishes that are savory and sweet. Barbeque sauce, and Thai sauces are great examples. Anejo also pairs well with many desserts, including chocolate. 

Choose 100% agave tequila for best results.

Of course, mescal is an option as well. This tequila cousin is incredibly versatile. However, it’s distinctive taste means its best used in small amounts. 

Best Tequila for Infusing

Best Premium: Casa Dragones Tequila Blanco

Best Budget: Arrette Blanco Tequila

Best Alternative: 1800 Reposado

Infusing tequila is a great way to create customized flavors. The best part about making infusions is that you can use budget tequilas. Instead of splurging on a top-shelf tequila, cheaper is often better here. 

This is because you will be adding flavor to the tequila. Keep in mind that this won’t make a bad tequila good. However, it can certainly make an OK tequila good, or even great. 

Be sure that you are starting with 100% agave tequila. Blanco is the best choice for infusions, because it is unaged. There’s not a lot of flavor in Blanco, beyond agave. Think of it as a blank canvas. Then, you can infuse or “paint” whatever you like.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is tequila made?

There are six basic steps for making tequila.

  1. Use the traditional method to harvest agave.
  2. Bake the core of the agave (the piña bulb) to extract the sugars that will be fermented.
  3. Extract the agave juice by shredding the core.
  4. Ferment the mosto (agave juice) so that it becomes ethyl alcohol.
  5. Distill the mosto to purify the liquid. Tequila is usually distilled twice.
  6. Allow the tequila to age for at least 14 days.

What’s tequila made from?

Tequila is made from the Weber blue agave plant. Inside the agave plant’s core is the piña bulb that is baked and juiced. The juice is then fermented in barrels with yeast.

Why is there a worm in tequila?

Not every bottle of tequila has a worm in it. However, there is an interesting story behind the tequila worm. Traditionally, the worm is found in bottles of mezcal, not tequila.

The “worm” is actually a caterpillar, specifically the larvae of the Comadia redtenbacheria (red worm) moth that lives inside of the agave plants that are used to make both mezcal and tequila. The worm was simply a marketing ploy and nothing more.

Is tequila a stimulant?

There is a myth that when people drink tequila, they become rowdy. However, tequila is a depressant, not a stimulant.

Is tequila an upper?

No, like all alcohol, tequila is a depressant, not an upper. The alcohol molecule is no different in tequila than it is in other alcoholic beverages.

How many calories are in a shot of tequila?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a 1.5-ounce shot of tequila has 97 calories.

Is tequila gluten-free?

Yes, pure tequila is gluten-free. However, pay close attention to the labels if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Flavored tequilas may have ingredients that are not gluten-free.

Additionally, there is a risk of cross-contact with gluten if the tequila is distilled in a facility that processes rye, barley, or wheat products.

Does tequila go bad?

Tequila can last decades on your bar shelf. However, for optimal freshness and flavor, experts suggest using your bottle of tequila within six months of buying it.

When is National Tequila Day?

National Tequila Day isn’t an official holiday, but it’s a great day to celebrate your love of tequila. National Tequila Day is observed annually on July 24.

Where does tequila come from?

Tequila is the intellectual property of the nation of Mexico. A special regulatory council, the Consejo Regulador de Tequila, ensures that tequila production standards are maintained.

By decree of the Mexican government, tequila can only be produced in Mexico in designated regions that include Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato and Tamaulipas.

What tequila is best for margaritas?

Your favorite tequila for margaritas will depend largely on your personal preference. For example, if you enjoy a premium margarita, your drink may be made with a higher-quality tequila. 

Here are the best tequilas for margaritas (not ranked in order). 

  • Patron Roca Silver
  • Espolon Blanco
  • Olmeca Altos Plata
  • ElVelo Blanco
  • Tapatio Blanco
  • Villa One Silver
  • Don Julio Blanco
  • Avion Reposado
  • El Tequileno Platinum
  • La Gritona Reposado
  • Casa Dragones Blanco

Is tequila a probiotic?

Yes, tequila is a probiotic. Tequila is derived from fructans, which can help your body’s good bacteria to flourish. Like most things, tequila is good only in moderation.

Can you freeze tequila?

Technically, you can freeze tequila if you have a very cold freezer. However, it’s best to use tequila within six months for optimal freshness and taste.

Can you be allergic to tequila?

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reports that some people can be allergic to alcohol. Alcohol allergy symptoms include swelling, rash, or throat constriction. Specifically, there have been documented reports of allergic reactions to tequila.

Can you drink tequila straight?

You can drink tequila straight. If you do, we recommend using a chaser. 

Why is tequila so strong?

Most tequila is no stronger than other liquors. However, a few tequila brands are stronger than your average tequila.

  • Tapatío Blanco: This brand is 50% alcohol and has an ABV (alcohol by volume) between 35-55%.
  • El Luchador: This brand has a 55% ABV.
  • Dulce Vida: This brand has a 40% ABV and is 80 proof.

Is tequila stronger than vodka?

Most tequila and vodka products are about 80 proof and have 40% alcohol content. However, pure tequila can be up to 110 proof, while vodka can be up to 192 proof.

Why does tequila burn?

The ethanol in tequila’s alcohol content causes a burning sensation. Ethanol lowers your mouth and throat’s VR1 receptors activation threshold, causing your body to believe it’s being burned.

Also, alcohol has a dehydrating quality that can cause your mouth’s mucus membrane to become dry. Last, your blood vessels dilate when you drink alcohol, and this results in a rushing, warm sensation in your belly. 

How much proof is tequila?

Pure tequila can max out at 110 proof. In this case, you have a product that’s made with pure blue agave plants and has the Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM) stamp.

Most tequila has 38-40% alcohol content, resulting in 76-80 proof.

Can you make a mojito with tequila?

The classic recipe for a mojito is made with rum. However, you can use tequila instead of rum to make your mojito. 

Why do you lick salt before tequila?

Salt lessens the burning sensation that is caused by tequila. 

Can you use tequila in jello shots?

Tequila is great for making jello shots. 

What do you mix with tequila?

While tequila is perfect in margaritas, you can actually mix tequila with several different things for a refreshing alcoholic beverage. Try any of these mixers.

  • Flavored soda
  • Coca-Cola or other soda
  • Tonic water
  • Vermouth
  • Club soda
  • Sweet and sour mix
  • Ginger ale
  • Orange juice
  • Beer
  • Pineapple juice
  • Bloody Mary mix
  • Grapefruit soda
  • Agave syrup
  • Lime juice

Can you mix tequila with orange juice, coke, sprite, and/or lemonade?

Yes, you can mix tequila with anything you would normally use to mix other types of liquor.

What are good chasers for tequila?

A chaser serves the purpose of masking or neutralizing your tequila’s flavor. Some of the best tequila chasers are fruit juice, salt, soda and beer. You can also use any of these things as a tequila chaser.

  • Pickle juice
  • Sangrita
  • Pickles
  • Lemonade
  • Lime and salt
  • Cheese
  • Grape juice
  • Bourbon
  • Orange slices
  • Lime rickey
  • Chips and salsa
  • Apple juice
  • Hard cider
  • Mezcal Negroni

Use a chaser between shots to avoid tequila’s burning sensation.