Last December, we shared nine interesting facts about tequila, quizzing readers on everything from the spirit’s composition (100% blue agave, if you’re a purist) to its origins (Mexico, unless you’re breaking some federal trade laws). While we love any drink recipe that uses tequila as a base, we’re picky about what types of tequila we use in our cocktail concoctions.
Generally speaking, there are four types of tequilas: silver, gold, reposado, and añejo. What’s the difference? Let us break it down for you…
Difference Between Silver, Gold, Reposado, & Añejo Tequilas
Silver tequila, also referred to as white/‘blanco’ tequila, is aged for two months (or less). Some silver tequilas aren’t aged at all. This tequila is held in large stainless steel or glass tanks before it’s bottled and sold.
Gold tequila is un-aged tequila that has been made smooth and sweet with caramel, corn, or other natural or artificial sweeteners, making them ideal for shots and sweet drink recipes. These tequilas are usually cheaper than reposado and añejo tequilas and of inferior quality. Be sure to check the label to see if the gold-ish color tequila you’re about to buy is actually ‘reposado’ or just gold.
Reposado tequila starts out as silver tequila and is aged for at least two months in wooden casks. Finer reposados spend 3-9 months in the barrel. However, you may have to do some research on your own to find out what a particular distiller’s practices are. Generally speaking, dollars (or pesos) can be your guide.
Añejo tequila also starts out as a silver tequila, but is aged for at least one year in a wooden barrel. Some distillers choose to use new oak barrels, while others prefer used bourbon barrels, as they impart their own sweet and smoky flavors. Many tequila aficionados believe that the best tequila is aged for 1.5 – 3 years.
Thirsty for some tequila?
Pick up a bottle of our top-selling liquor flavored syrup, Amoretti Premium Tequila Syrup, for that great taste. Or, whip up one of our favorite tequila drink recipes, the Tequila Sunrise. All you need for a tequila sunrise is tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. Or, if you want to get really creative with this drink recipe, try substituting our gourmet-quality Amoretti Pomegranate Martini Cocktail Mix for grenadine. The Tequila Sunrise drink recipe is the perfect drink to cool down with on a hot summer afternoon.