12 tequilas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with Blanco, Añejo, Reposado & Mezcal tequilas

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The 5th May is Cinco de Mayo, an annual holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. The day is typically marked by parades, dancing, music, food and drink… and the latter is what we’re discussing today.

As the national drink of Mexico, it only seems right to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with tequila. Whether you drink it neat or like it in a cocktail, we’ve rounded up the best tequilas for the occasion, including Añejo, Blanco, Mezcal and Reposado top picks.

If you’re not a tequila fan but still want to celebrate with a drink this Cinco de Mayo, check out the best vodka and the best gin.

Best Blanco Tequila

Blanco tequila is clear, unaged and tequila in its purest form. Also called silver or white, Blanco tequila is bottled immediately after being distilled and has an intense agave flavour. This type of tequila is most commonly used for making cocktails like margaritas.

Best Añejo Tequila

Añejo tequila is aged for 1-3 years in oak barrels. This ageing process, which is the longest out of the other types of tequila, is what gives Añejo its dark amber colour and richer flavour. Añejo is best for sipping rather than mixing.

Best Reposado Tequila

Reposado tequila is aged between 2-12 months in either oak barrels or steel tanks. Different wood barrels are used in the ageing process like American or French oak, and some Reposado tequilas are left to age in used whisky, cognac or bourbon barrels. This ageing gives Reposado tequila a golden colour and a mix of agave and woody flavours, which should be drunk neat.

Best Mezcal Tequila

Rather than being made from blue agave like the other tequila, mezcal is made from a wide variety of agave, like espadín, tobalá, and tepeztate. When the agave is cooked for mezcal, it’s roasted in an underground pit covered with hot rocks for days before being distilled in clay pots. Mezcal has a smokey flavour and can be drunk on its own or used in cocktails.

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