Buying Tequila as a Gift

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Tequila: A Great Gift Idea for the Wine and Spirit Connoisseurs on Your List


Suerte Anejo Tequila

We all have friends, family and co-workers who enjoy receiving alcohol as a gift. You immediately become someones favorite person when they open a present revealing a bottle of liquor. If you have decided to pick up a bottle of tequila as a gift, you have come to the right place. We can help you understand the types of tequila and hopefully steer you away from giving someone a plastic jug of cheap tequila.

Tequila is a spirit made from the blue agave plant and is named for the specific region in which it is distilled. Due to Mexican laws regarding tequila, it is only produced in Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, and surrounding areas. It ranges in price from $10.00 to over $1,000 and is anywhere from 31% to 55% percent alcohol or 62 to 110 US proof. Before buying tequila as a gift, you should educate yourself on the different types available and how they are usually consumed.

Types of Tequila

Because there are several different types of tequila, you should keep the taste of the person who you will be giving it as a gift. Different types of tequila have different tastes and aromas.

The first distinction between tequila types is whether it is 100% blue agave or tequila mixto. 100% blue agave tequila is labeled as such and tequila mixto, which is 51% agave and 49% caramel coloring, oak extract flavoring, and sugar based syrups, is labeled simply as tequila. We highly recommend going the 100% blue agave route as the sugars in a mixto are known for causing hangovers.

Tequila also comes in several different types, based on how long it has been aged. The aging process affects the taste, harshness and aroma of the spirit. Some people prefer a smooth tequila that is more for drinking from a shot glass or margarita, while others prefer a more complex tequila with oak characteristics that can be sipped from a brandy or wine glass.

Blanco, or white, tequila is not aged and stored directly after it is distilled and usually used for drinking shots and is commonly found in margaritas. Joven or silver tequila is also not aged and is generally a mixto and is a popular tequila for restaurants to use in their house margaritas due to the cost.

The other three types of tequila are reposado or rested, aged at least 2 months but less than a year, anejo or aged, which is aged one to three years and extra anejo or extra aged, which is aged at least three years and was just established in 2006.  Longer aged tequilas have a stronger oak flavor, also because the aging process takes place in oak barrels. These types of tequila are a good gift idea for people who prefer to sip their spirits. Anejo and extra anejo will typically be priced higher than a reposado or blanco.

With the numerous types and greatly varying price range as well as alcohol percentages available with tequila, it’s easy to find one that fits the taste of someone on your gift list. If you have any questions about specific tequilas, feel free to contact us.

Recommended reading: Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures

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Best Margaritas in San Antonio

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Best Margaritas in San Antonio

Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant – San Antonio

Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant – San Antonio

San Antonio is one of our favorite spots in Texas. The city is rich in history with destinations like the Alamo and it is also known for restaurants and bars producing some amazing margaritas. The margarita recipes these establishments are creating remain as some of the best in the Lone Star State.  Frozen or on the rocks, you can find some of the best margaritas in San Antonio.

In alphabetical order:

Acenar – 146 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205 – We found this to be one of the freshest tasting margaritas available in San Antonio.

La Fogata – 2427 Vance Jackson Road, San Antonio, TX 78229 – This place receives a lot of buzz for serving up one of the best margaritas in San Antonio and deserves it.

La Margarita – 120 Produce Row, San Antonio, Texas 78207 – Great atmosphere for a delicious margarita indoors or out on the patio if the weather is nice.

Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant – 8030 IH 10 W, San Antonio, TX 78230 – Located away from downtown San Antonio, Mamacita’s is making some great drinks.

Mi Tierra – 218 Produce Rd, San Antonio, TX 78207 – A historic restaurant and a must do on any trip to San Antonio and the margaritas are tasty too.

Rita’s on the River – 245 East Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 – Extensive list of margaritas on their menu and easy to find right on the Riverwalk.

Rosario’s – 910 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205 – Exceptional margaritas and a favorite of locals and out of town visitors.

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Acenar: 29.426179, -98.492029
La Margarita: 29.424915, -98.498814
Mamacitas Mexican Restaurant: 29.991125, -95.425728
Mi Tierra Cafe: 29.424917, -98.499743
Ritas on the River: 29.425245, -98.463593
Rosarios: 29.415124, -98.489607
La Fogata: 29.495864, -98.535267
Acenar - San Antonio

Acenar – San Antonio

Do you agree with the restaurants and bars making this Best Margarita in San Antonio list? What margaritas have we left off? If you have a hidden gem that is missing above, please let us know. We would enjoying hearing your experiences.

If you would like to see where our margarita tasting travels have taken us throughout Texas, check out our alphabetical listing of reviews or our interactive map.

Best Margaritas in Houston

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El Real Tex Mex Margaritas

El Real Tex Mex Margaritas

If you are a native Houstonian or just visiting the area, finding a delicious margarita is a must-do. The many varieties of the cocktail that you can find around Houston are incredible these days. Throughout the year, you will be able to find traditional margaritas, seasonal margarita recipes with fresh fruit, infused tequila margaritas and cocktails utilizing one of many varieties of peppers.

Fortunately, in Texas, due to the weather, margaritas are perfect for any season.  Below, we have listed some of the best margaritas in Houston.

In alphabetical order:

Cyclone Anaya’s – 1710 Durham Dr, Houston, Texas 77007 – Margaritas are always mixed to a perfect ratio.

El Big Bad – 419 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002 – You can’t go wrong with choosing your own infused tequila and creating your own margarita on the fly.

El Real Tex Mex – 1201 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006 – Solid menu offerings and the Rodeo Rita has a nice jalapeno kick.

Ninfas on Navigation – 2704 Navigation Blvd., Houston TX 77003 – Ninfa’s on Navigation is always a favorite of ours. Their seasonal offerings including fresh bing cherry margaritas and the pumpkin margarita are Houston favorites.

Picos Mex Mex – 3601 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098 – Pico’s Mex Mex has been serving up fresh margaritas with quality ingredients for years.

Soto’s Cantina – 10609 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070 – Soto’s is a family owned restaurant. They also took first place for best restaurant/bar margarita in the Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival at Moody Gardens in Galveston Texas in 2014.

Tila’s Restaurante – 1111 South Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77019 – All of their margaritas are served “up” and you can add your own ice.

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Cyclone Anaya//\'s: 29.776080, -95.410450
Ninfas Mexican Restaurant: 29.733765, -95.418049
Original Ninfas on Navigation: 29.756705, -95.342646
Tilas Restaurante: 29.755676, -95.408549
El Real Tex Mex: 29.744379, -95.393347
Sotos Cantina: 29.966389, -95.577970
El Big Bad: 29.761260, -95.362479
Picos Mex Mex Margarita

Picos Mex Mex Margarita

There are many other restaurants and bars in the the area that could be candidates for the  best margaritas in Houston. What restaurants around Houston do you think serve the best? Is there a particular version that stands out as well?

If you are interested in seeing what restaurant margaritas we have visited around the entire State of Texas and not just Houston, check out our interactive map.

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