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Jul 9, 2014 12:44 PM

what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

i think i bought the wrong kind of tequila so im just wondering

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  1. No such thing as the wrong kind of Tequila, as long as it is 100% agave. But don't use margarita mix! Just juice some fresh limes, and maybe an orange too, add a little simple syrup or agave or sweet orange liquour, and shake with lots of ice. See here:

    1. If you are going to use a mix, please try to find Tommy's Margarita mix.

      1. You can't go wrong with Robert Hess:

        Any good 100% agave white (blanco, platino) tequila works well. Reposado (rested) or anejo (aged) tequilas tend to be mellow, losing some of the peppery brightness that a Margarita needs to stand up to the acid.

        And, yes, throw out that bottled mix. No good Margarita can be made with it.

            1. re: Jack2

              A good, basic tequila. The anejo wouldn't be my choice, but you should be able to make some good Margaritas with it.

              1. re: EvergreenDan

                it just seems like the flavor of the tequila overpowered the flavors(it was a mango flavored margerita)of the margerita.i only used a shot of tequila to so i figured maybe anejo tequila was better for something else

                1. re: Jack2

                  Well, you didn't say you were making one of those fruity types of Margarita. Not a real Margarita. Tequila should be the main flavor in a Margarita, balanced by Lime and Triple Sec.

                  What was your recipe?

                  A traditional Margarita recipe is apx.:

                  Margarita [circa 1930-1940]
                  2 oz. Blanco 100% Agave Tequila
                  1 oz. Cointreau or another Triple Sec
                  .75 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
                  .5-.75 oz. simple syrup optional
                  coarse salt and lime wedge for rimming (outside only)

                  Combine first three ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake on ice and strain into a chilled, salt rimmed cocktail glass. Can also be poured on the rocks in an old fashioned glass.

                  1. re: JMF

                    Don't forget, J, that he used a mix.

              2. re: Jack2

                Try the El Jimador Blanco instead. It makes a really nice margarita.

                And as everyone else has said, squeeze your own limes and use cointreau or citronage, for a much better tasting drink. Margaritas will always taste more like the tequila than not.

                Other blancos that I have used and liked in margaritas are:

                Under $20
                Luna Azul

                Over $20
                Siete Leguas

                Did not like George Clooney's, Casamigos at all...striaght or in a margarita

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  I highly DON'T recommend Patron Citronge. It has way too overwhelming a mediocre tequila taste. But what do you expect from Patron. A brand that was very good when it started, but then when they switched soon after to a huge, industrial distillery, it became over-priced and mediocre.

                  Heck, I think Bols triple sec makes a good mixer. Better than Citronge by a mile.

                  1. re: JMF

                    JMF - at least the original Patron is still available as Siete Leguas - and usually is cheaper than Patron.

                    I think the DeKuyper O3 is quite decent - have you had it? Quite similar to Cointreau at half the price.

                    1. re: ncyankee101

                      No I haven't had the DeKuyper O3. I look forward to trying it. I see that a friend of mine thought well of it, and we have much the same taste.

                    2. re: JMF

                      Well, I would agree that all by itself Citronge is not very good, but I've found it to be better than Cointreau in my margaritas because it adds less sweetness and is closer to the controy used it Mexico so I get the flavor profile I want.

                      I've also found it's a pretty highly divisive item...people either like it or hate it, there is no in between. It works in the margaritas I make, but I wouldn't drink it straight.

                      1. re: JMF

                        patron in general has always seemed overrated to me.and i dont know if it matters but apparently i bought the wrong mix,i didnt notice its the one that isnt non alcoholic until today.but i dont know,if you can mix tequila with other stuff like orange juice or soda then i guess im not buying the tequila just for the mix

                        1. re: StriperGuy

                          And often well-priced in a 1.75L size.

                          1. re: EvergreenDan

                            IMO nothing beats Costco's Kirkland brand blanco for mixing at around $20 for a 1.75 ltr. They also have recently started selling a repo for $15 a ltr which I bought but haven't opened yet. I do quite like the anejo for $20/ltr.

                  2. For mixing with a Margarita Mix, the cheapest crap you kind find.

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                    1. re: chefj

                      Only if you want a really severe headache the next day. Never super cheap tequila.

                      1. re: gourmanda

                        Do not worry with all the Sugar in the mix you'll have a Headache regardless