Monday, February 11, 2013

Tequila Bargain!

See Updates below.

To make a great Margarita you need great tequila, and most of the widely-available affordable tequilas (including name brands) are dreadful mixtos. (See Types of Tequila) Fortunately there is a very good tequila that won't bust your budget: Zapopan, sold by Trader Joe's for only $10 per liter, both Blanco (lighter) and Reposado (richer and smoother). It's generally better than anything else under $20, and stands up well to anything else under $30.

Classic Margarita
  • 1½ oz tequila
    100% agave reposado preferred
  • ½ oz triple sec
    good quality, Hiram Walker preferred, orange curaƧao also works well
  • ½ oz lime juice
    unsweetened, preferably fresh, Key lime for extra flavor
Serve in Old Fashioned glass filled with cracked ice, without salt.
For more sweetness, add more triple sec.
Great accompaniment for guacamole!

Update (12/2015): The price of Zapopan has gone up to $12 per liter, but that's still a great bargain!

Update (8/2017): Alas, Trader Joe's no longer carries Zapopan, and the replacement tequila doesn't measure up, but Zapopan can still be found at Bitters+BottlesThe price is higher, but it's still a great bargain. Only Blanco is stocked, but Reposado can be ordered.

Update (5/2020): In California, try Mission Wine & Spirits (in Pasadena), which ships to California addresses: 1L for $19.95 (still a bargain).

Alternatives (that are easy to find):
  1. Lunazul Reposado
  2. El Jimador Reposado
  3. Olmeca Altos Reposado

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