Making Margaritas

Check out our three twists on a classic and see for yourself how different types of tequila bring distinctive expressions to this cocktail favourite.

margarita and salt rim
Polanco Margarita

Top Shelf Tequila

Some people hesitate to use top-shelf tequila in cocktails, but the vibrant flavours of a handcrafted blanco tequila shine through in gorgeously simple cocktails like the Polanco Margarita, inspired by a swanky neighbourhood in Mexico City.

 

Mix it!

Mix it!

Most serious agave geeks prefer unaged blanco tequila for cocktails, since it’s the purest expression you can get of the terroir and the agave plant.

Serve it!

Serve it!

Wipe excess salt off the inside of the rim to keep the salt from falling into the Margarita. It should only ever touch your lips — never the drink.

Pair it!

Pair it!

Pairing cocktails with food is no easy feat, but the straightforward flavours in this modern classic are a natural fit with pretty much all seafood, like shrimp tacos and fresh ceviche.

Swap it!

Swap it!

Swap in a mezcal, like Los Siete Misterios Mezcal, an authentic spirit from Oaxaca, to max out the smoky earthy flavours.

     

Patrón Silver

All these years later, Patrón is still boss for a reason. Every bottle contains that signature crisp and citrus-forward flavour profile that introduced tequila to the world.

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Volcán Blanco

Volcán Blanco is a gorgeous spirit with a perfect balance of bright fruit, sweet cooked agave and sharp minerality—one of the first real “terroir tequilas” to have ever hit Canada.

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La Condesa

Oak-Aged Tequilas

Lightly aged reposado tequilas pick up a light golden hue and a delicate hint of sweetness from their time spent in the barrel, which makes them the perfect base for fresh and spicy drinks like La Condesa.

Mix it!

Mix it!

Use reposado tequila that has been “rested” in oak casks for a few months (between two and twelve), just long enough to get the liquid to relax and smooth out any rough edges.

Serve it!

Serve it!

Margarita glasses are really pretty, but a lot of bars these days just serve the cocktail in a casual rocks glass, instead — partly ’cause it’s way less likely to get knocked over.

Pair it!

Pair it!

You could pair this cocktail with just about any salty snack, but we love it with creamy traditional Mexican desserts like flan or tres leches.

     

Gran Centenario Plata

Gran Centenario Plata

Truth is, Gran Centenario Plata isn’t old enough to be a reposado, but unless you checked its ID, you’d never know this rich, oak-kissed tequila only spent a month in wood.

 

Casa Noble Reposado

If this 364-day-old buttery-sweet and spicy Casa Noble Reposado had spent 24 more hours in wood, it’d be an añejo (a one-year-old).

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Hussong’s Tequila Reposado

Aged in used bourbon barrels for five months, this Reposado is rich and sweet with a gentle kick.

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La Zona Rosa

On the Rail

Every bartender has a go-to cocktail tequila that’s their secret weapon for making perfect Margaritas, like our La Zona Rosa. Here are three of the most popular mixing tequilas that have earned their place on the rail.

Mix it!

Mix it!

We used bittersweet Aperol to give this slushie classic a little hit of contemporary cred.

Serve it!

Serve it!

Serving up a frozen Margarita in a large Martini glass instead of a saucer-shaped Margarita glass helps keep the drink cool and frosty.

Pair it!

Pair it!

The frozen Marg was born to be served up with casual snacks, like fresh guac and chips or stuffed jalapeño poppers.

     

Espolon Blanco

You’ll find Espolon Blanco at a lot of cocktail bars because it’s such a solid choice and plays well off so many other flavours.

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Herradura Silver

One of the first pure agave tequilas to be exported from Mexico, Herradura Silver is still made in the same traditional way as it was when it became famous in the 1950s.

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El Jimador Blanco

Super-popular in Mexico, El Jimador Blanco is one of the world’s top-selling brands for a reason — it’s a legit classic.

 

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