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5 Best Cheap Tequilas For Margaritas

By May 3, 2020May 5th, 2020News
Tequila and family with Master Distiller Carlos Camarena
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Do you want to make inexpensive margaritas at home but don’t want to drop over $25 per bottle just on tequila? Your friends are probably extremely nice but you shouldn’t have to take out a loan so they can guzzle down frozen margaritas all night at your house. There are many affordable options that you can choose from and still make delicious margaritas that everyone will enjoy.
Sure you can go cheaper than what we’ve listed but the quality tends to drop off significantly and the likelihood of terrible hangovers increase. For this list we included only tequilas that are 100% blue agave so that means no mixto’s which typically contain around 51% blue agave and the rest is made up of sugars. We wanted to clarify this in case you are asking yourself why we left off your go-to one gallon plastic jug of $10 tequila.

Best cheap tequilas for margaritas

Olmeca Altos Blanco

$23 – 750ml

Olmeca Altos is medium bodied tequila with slight sweetness and spicy finish.

Milagro Silver

$25 – 750ml

Hints of pepper flavor but otherwise neutral. We’ve used Milagro numerous times including for our margarita at the San Antonio Margarita Meltdown.

Toro De Lidia Blanco

$24 – 750ml

Earthy and peppery with agave flavor upfront. Learn more about Toro De Lidia in our interview with their brand representative on The Tequila Tester podcast.

Agavales Blanco

$16 – 750ml

The least expensive tequila on the list. Aroma has fresh cooked agave and finishes with a small bite at the end.

Espolon Blanco Tequila

$23 – 750ml

Subtle citrus flavor with vanilla and agave aroma. We talk more about Espolon and it’s flavor on our blanco tequila show.

What are some of your favorite tequilas for $25 and under? Did we miss one of your favorites? If so, we would enjoy hearing about it in the comments below.

Here is a delicious margarita to start you off with your inexpensive tequila purchase.

Strawberry Margarita


  • 1 oz of blanco tequila
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz strawberry schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Margarita Texas Mix
  • 1 oz fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup ice


Rub rim of glass with a rind of lime and dip in salt or sugar. Pour all ingredients into blender, blend until slushy and serve.

We have over 70 margarita recipes to try with these tequilas.

Note: Prices may vary depending on your location. We took average prices from liquor stores in Texas.


Tequila and family with Master Distiller Carlos Camarena
Starting a brand with Scott Willis of Tequila 512