Tequila 101

Last Updated: September 26, 2022

Tequila means different things to different people. Whether you prefer your tequila neat, shot with a lime, in a Margarita, or enjoyed on the beach, it’s a spirit that’s easily enjoyed in many situations.

Tequila is made from blue agave (not cactus), and by law must be made in Mexico. All of the brands you know like Jose Cuervo, Patron, Don Julio, and others make the five types of tequila — silver, gold, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo — following these rules. Learn more about tequila using the official VinePair tequila guide, and check out our recipes for the best classic and original tequila cocktails.

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