Anejo Bar Recipes Reposado

Recipe | Tequila Old Fashioned

A Tequila Old Fashioned is a unique twist on the classic we all know and love. 

It was inevitable that we would make a Tequila Old Fashioned as we love the whiskey version so much.

The original Old Fashioned cocktail was created in the 19th century and has come in and out of fashion over the last 150 years. 

Traditionally an Old Fashioned is made with bourbon or rye whiskey, angostura bitters, a sugar cube, a dash of water, and an orange twist. The process of making an Old Fashioned begins with the sugar and bitters being muddled together first before adding the alcohol and garnish. It is served in a short round tumbler glass.

Essentially an Old Fashioned is spirit, sugar and bitters. There are many variations 

We already know how well orange goes with tequila thanks to the margarita so adding orange bitters and sugar to a strong premium tequila, such as a reposado or anejo, is a great way to enjoy the spirit.

We like to use an anejo tequila for this recipe as it has been aged longer for a deep, smooth flavour profile. But if you use a reposado you’ll get the lighter, vanilla flavour notes instead. Try both and see which you prefer!

This is sophisticated evening drink, strong, cool and balanced. We like to sip this on a crisp autumn evening. 

You can use simple sugar syrup (or even agave syrup) instead of dissolving the sugar if time is short but as this contains water, we prefer to dissolve the sugar the old fashioned way!

Patron - Reposado Old Fashioned 2



50 ml Reposado or Anejo Tequila
2 tsp Golden Sugar
1 dash Orange Bitters
Orange peel for garnish


1. In a low ball or old fashioned glass add the sugar, tequila and bitters.

2. Carefully stir this until the sugar has dissolved. This can take about 5 minutes and required continuous stirring. 

3. Take a piece of orange peel and twist over the glass to express the oils on top of the cocktail. Drop the peel into the glass.

4. Add large ice cubes or a “glass filler” ice block and stir once



Adapted from Patron  

Tequila Old Fashioned


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


Recipe | The Smoky Margarita

This smoky margarita recipe was concocted using our Margarita Benchmark method, this margarita is sweet, sour and oh so smoky.

If you are a fan of BBQ’s, log fires or a Lapsang Souchong Tea – this is the one. The smoky margarita has a deep, long flavour that we enjoy very much.

For this recipe we use mezcal rather than tequila. This choice is controversial to some mezcal aficionados who believe that mezcal should only be sipped and savoured. But we believe that if it tastes good, enjoy it however that might be.

Mezcal is known for its smokier flavour, and this cocktail is a good way to get into the lesser known Mexican agave spirit.

We enjoy drinking this at parties, soirees and shindigs. It’s a good winter drink if you want to be wrapped up in a blanket and slippers and embracing that hot wood fire feeling, except it’s in a drink.

The Smoky Margarita (serves 1)


50ml – Mezcal (we used Illegal Mezcal)

25ml – Cointreau (or an alternative orange liquor)

25ml – Lime Juice (fresh is best)

Salt, if desired, for serving


1. Put it all the ingredients (except the salt) into a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Shake well, then strain into a margarita glass.

3. Drink your smoky margarita and think of a Mexican open fire.


Smoky margarita recipe

Read more about mezcal here  and recipes here


What Are the Different Types of Tequila?

What are the different types of the tequila? Which types give you a headache after one and those which don’t?! Which ones are clear or the ones that are yellow?

There are actually a few official different types of tequila as decreed by the Mexican Government.

There are 5 different types of tequila, they are Blanco, Joven, Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo.

Tequila variations also includes ‘Mixtos’ (which tend to contain at least 51% agave with other sugars making up the remaining amount) or ‘100% Agave’ tequilas that are recognised types.

What are the different types of tequila?



or Silver, White, Plata, Platinum

Blanco is tequila that is not rested in barrels, it is pure and unadulterated agave flavour. To try the clearest expression from a distiller try a blanco.

Blancos can be rested for up to 4 weeks in stainless stills which don’t impart any colour or flavour. Overall the flavour profile is quite sharp.


or Young, Gold, Oro

Joven means that there is a degree of “resting” with the tequila, however it is not as you might expect.

To be a Joven, many distillers will take a Blanco, and add a little bit of a Reposado or Anejo to cut through the sharp Agave taste in a Blanco. Essentially a Joven is a mix of Blanco and either Reposado or Anejo tequila.

Gold tequila will often be a mixto so check the label if you are specifically looking for 100% Agave tequila.



Reposado tequila is rested for 3-11 months, sometimes a little longer. This is a popular tequila category for its balance of agave flavour and cask character.

A reposado can be a good entry point to trying and appreciating tequila and a great one to keep in the cabinet.

We recommend reposado’s for many of our stronger, agave prominent cocktails, like the Margarita.

We also find the greatest degree of variability in the quality, taste, balance and flavour of reposados compared to the other types of tequilas.



Anejo tequila is rested for 1-3 years. The tequila must age in barrels no larger than 600 litres. This imparts more flavour from the barrel. The agave flavour starts to give way to characteristics of the barrel, much like whiskey.

Drinking Anejo is a serious step up in quality, price and flavour profile. It is much more mellow, complex and nuanced.

Shooting Anejo or mixing it in a cocktail is pointless and huge waste of money. Even in a Margarita or Paloma, it is wasted.

An Anejo should be sipped to be appreciated.

Extra Anejo

Extra Aged, Ultra Aged

Extra Anejo tequila is rested for 3 years or more.

All that applies to Anejo also applies to Extra Anejo, except it is more complex, characterful, and flavoursome. It is often more expensive.

An Extra Anejo should be more expensive and tends to be appreciated when a drinker has developed tequila palette.

Hopefully this helps you start to understand the different types of tequila and how you might want to choose your next bottle. 

Happy drinking.