Martinis and Margaritas are probably the most well-known cocktails that have tequila as the primary ingredient, but there are many more besides. Here we feature a selection of popular tequila brands from around the world that are sure to compliment your cocktail drinks, as well as being delicious by themselves.

Don Julio

Don Julio Tequila is thought to be one of the world’s finest tequila brands, largely thanks to its crisp taste and also the methods that go into making it. The tequila is traditionally made and every detail in the making process is carefully considered and undertaken, making Don Julio one of the most well-known tequila brands around. This special tequila was first created in Mexico in 1942, and has been made in the same way ever since. It’s named after its founder, Don Julio Gonzalez Estrada, who understood the importance of being able to control every aspect of the tequila-making process, from choosing the finest ingredients to making sure that the ageing barrels are of the highest quality.

What Are The Different Varieties?

Don Julio originally made his tequila to share with friends and family. But, word soon spread of its quality and pretty soon it was the most sought-after tequila in the whole of Mexico, and the rest of the world is quickly catching up. It is made from blue agave, and there are several varieties in the brand. All of the tequilas are aged slightly differently to create new and unique flavours, with the varieties on offer being as follows:

  • Blanco, a clear tequila that’s bottled immediately after distillation, making it perfect for cocktails as well as being enjoyed over ice.
  • Reposado, a tequila that’s aged for 8 months in American white oak barrels.
  • Anejo, a type of tequila that’s been slowly matured for 18 months, giving it a light amber colour and full-bodied flavour.
  • Don Julio 1942 is a limited edition tequila that’s carefully aged for at least 2 ½ years, giving it its stunning golden colour and unique flavour. It’s best enjoyed neat to really appreciate its taste.
  • Don Julio Real is the tequila brand that has the most care taken over it, with each batch being aged for three to five years. It’s made from only the finest agave and should be enjoyed neat.

This tequila is well worth having in your drinks cabinet, either to be enjoyed on its own, over ice or with cocktails. Make sure to reserve the finest varieties for drinking neat to really appreciate the flavours, and always remember to have speciality tequila glasses to give the best effect.

Sauza Tequila

Sauza is an award-winning tequila brand that originated in Mexico. It’s loved the world over and is used in a variety of formats, from drinking neat to making a great addition to cocktails. There are a couple of Sauza brands available, all of which offer something extra to ardent tequila drinkers. This drink first came around in 1873, when Don Cenobio Sauza created it at the La Perseveranica distillery in Tequila itself. Don Cenobio was the first person to call this drink tequila, and was also the first one to export it to the US. What followed was a long Sauza family tradition of tequila-making, and it quickly became one of the best-loved tequilas around. To make Sauza Tequila, it’s important to grow the freshest agave plants and to make sure you have the finest distillery equipment. Only the best blending and distillery processes will make the finest tequila, and at Sauza they understand that importance. That’s why their tequila is so popular and flavoursome.

The two Sauza options are Sauza Gold and Sauza Blanco. Both are double distilled to create their unique flavours, with the Gold version being, as you would expect, gold in colour, and Blanco being clear. Both can be enjoyed neat or over ice, and also make great additions to a number of classic cocktail recipes.

The Rise of Sauza

The rise in popularity of this tequila has also meant a rise in the number of products they produce, with the Sauza Tequila Import Company also being home to several other tequila brands including Conmemorativo and Hornitos. Tequila is a favourite drink that’s loved the world over, with many people preferring to drink it in shot format, often with a wedge of lemon or lime and a sprinkling of salt to cut through the sharp taste.

Tequila Rose, a Cream-Based Tequila Liqueur

Delicately flavoured, with tequila and strawberry - Tequila Rose is made using real dairy cream and goes down incredibly smoothly, being rich yet not too sweet. It’s a liqueur that’s loved by millions the world over, and it isn’t hard to see why. Tequila Rose can be enjoyed on its own over ice, but is also a main ingredient in many cocktail recipes. It’s a popular addition to a number of desserts and even makes a great addition to coffee and hot chocolate. Its smooth, rich taste makes it ideal for anyone with a love of cream liqueurs, and that kick of tequila gives it a particularly unique flavour.

The alcohol content of Tequila Rose is roughly 17%, and its pink colour is particularly appealing making it ideal for all female-based parties. Many people love it for the fact that although you get that tequila kick, you aren’t overpowered by the flavour. Being combined with strawberry and cream makes the tequila a lot more drinkable, and is the perfect addition to all cocktail parties. Of course, you don’t have to buy the ready-made version of Tequila Rose. There’s always the option of making it yourself from the raw ingredients, and there are a number of recipes out there that can help you to make the perfect alternative. Just one of these recipes is as follows:


  • 1 ½ cups condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cream
  • ½ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup strawberry syrup

To make the drink, simply add all of the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth and creamy. Keep the resulting concoction in the refrigerator, chilled and ready to serve.

The bottle form of Tequila Rose can last for up to 6 months once opened, but you’ll soon find that it won’t be around for long! There are plenty of other Tequila Rose options as well, all of which are sure to tempt your taste buds. A couple of the other brands are Tequila Rose Cocoa (flavoured with cocoa), and Tequila Rose Java (flavoured with coffee). Both of these are inspired by the tradition of adding Tequila Rose to your hot chocolate or coffee, and offer a unique and delicious drinking experience for all cream liqueur fans. So, Tequila Rose is an enjoyable cream liqueur that has all of the lush flavours of strawberries and cream combined with the great kick of tequila, making it the ideal drink or all liqueur lovers.

Updated, 23rd February 2014
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