How to Avoid a Tequila Hangover

We spend a lot of money when drinking. Then we spend a lot of time recovering from drinking.

I’ve heard it many times – people feeling an epic hangover after a night drinking tequila. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you choose the right tequila you shouldn’t be getting a hangover. Not unless you’re over-doing it.

Why you get a tequila hangover

I challenge that you probably either drank too much or, more likely, you drank cheap mixto tequila like Jose Cuervo Especial. This means that the tequila you drank, a mixto, is not 100% “100% Blue Agave” tequila, it is 51% Blue Agave Tequila.

To be a true tequila, the spirit has to use 100% Blue Agave. However to use the name ‘Tequila’, the spirit doesn’t have to be alcohol made only from this premium agave plant.

Tequila distilleries will often use other sugars to finish off the tequila, similar to how other spirits are made. It is cheaper for them to do this but the result is that it produces a much less pure spirit. These sugar-based alcohols create a spirit than is more likely to cause a headache. It’s like mixing a bottle with half nice tequila and half cheap cheap cheap vodka – your head doesn’t stand a chance.

Different countries allow tequila to be classified in different ways. In Mexico, only the spirit using the blue agave plant is considered to be a tequila.

How to avoid a tequila hangover

To avoid a tequila hangover – stick to 100% Blue Agave tequila. Check bottle labels and check that it says it uses ‘ONLY 100% Blue Agave’. If it doesn’t have these words, then give it a miss.

More expensive tequilas will be more likely to be 100% Blue Agave and avoid that headache – pay the extra for a better quality tequila to avoid a tequila hangover. We like this one – Casamigos Blanco Tequila

You’ll thank me later.

Hope that helps how to avoid a tequila hangover.

How to avoid a tequila hangover


Best Tequila for Margaritas

As we mentioned in our how to make the best margarita article, we found that, in our opinion, the best tequila for margaritas is the Calle 23 Blanco.

You could do what we did and make several (rounds of) margaritas to come to this decision. But we have tried to save you the time and get right to drinking wonderful margaritas and not concerning yourself with whether you have the best.

best tequila for margarita

Best Tequila for Margaritas

The Calle 23 is a beautifully clean tequila that goes perfectly with the margarita.

Our readers are all over the world and have varying budgets. We felt it was important that we chose a product for our best tequila for margaritas recommendation, that is accessible to most. It’s easy enough to buy in a shop or online, and not too expensive.

After all, a margarita is a cocktail which means you are using several spirits. The more expensive, more complex tequilas are not necessarily better as the addition of other ingredients can mask the nuance you’ve paid all that money for.

But that doesn’t mean you should use a cheap mixto tequila. If you want to avoid a tequila hangover and enjoy your drink use a good 100% blue agave tequila. You want a good quality tequila for your magarita, not necessarily the most complex flavour, but a nice clean, fresh taste to enhance the cocktail enjoyment.

Stick to Blanco and Resposados tequilas for your margaritas, use Cointreau and fresh lime juice, and dance the night away.

What do you think is the best tequila for margaritas?

best tequila for margarita cocktails


The Margarita Test: How to use the cocktail to rate tequila brands

We love margarita’s here at The Tequila Shop. LOVE THEM. So much so, that when we are tasting a tequila for reviews, recipes and general enjoyment, we will always make a margarita with it. We follow our best margarita recipe and try everything!

Why do we do this? Because you can really taste the nuances in a tequila through a margarita cocktail.

the margarita benchmark

The Margarita Benchmark

We think there is very good reason the margarita is the world most popular cocktail – because it gives a perfect balance to taste tequila.

When mixed into a margarita, all the extra flavours comes out of the drink. We can taste flavour notes that we can’t always pin down when drinking it straight. Sometimes the high levels of alcohol get in the way of the tasting notes.

Whereas using the margarita cocktail, the lime and cointreau balance out the flavours. It allows you to taste the nuances in the tequila.

Try it at home with different tequilas and tell us how you get on. It’s a very easy way to enjoy the differences between different tequilas.

We also do this with mezcal and is how we found our office favourite – The Smoky Margarita.

So we always make a margarita when trying a new tequila, or mezcal. It allows to fully enjoy the drinking experience and get a new taste for the product. It’s our margarita benchmark.

The margarita benchmark