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the margarita benchmark

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

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