Margaritas are an awesome drink for any season; but they are particularly amazing in the summer. There are a lot of different recipes, but none are as convenient as the pre made variety you can get at the liquor store. For Cinco de Mayo we wanted to bring Margaritas to my Boyfriend’s parents, but we didn’t have a good recipe for making them or know a good brand of mix or pre made variety. So we decided to have a taste off and started with the most simple option; pre made.

This is one kind of test that people seemed happy to take. We tested each twice; once with my Boyfriend’s family and once with my family. The results came out the same both times.

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We thought four would be a good number to start with. Three came from the liquor store: 1800 Ultimate Margarita, Skinnygirl Margarita, and Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita. One last one came from a grocery store: Cayman Jack Margarita. We recognize that one of these things is not like the others, but thought it would make for an interesting comparison.

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1800 Ultimate Margarita

 

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$19.99 for 1.75 l from NH Liquor Store

9.95% Alcohol

This tasted sweeter but had a lighter feel and was very smooth. It had a more distinct lime flavor, that tasted more fresh. This has a lower alcohol content however there was an alcohol aftertaste.

Cayman Jack Margarita

 

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$8.99 for 6 11.2 oz. from McKinnon’s Market

5.9% Alcohol

This was a totally different experience. It seemed like it was inspired by margaritas, but really only had a subtle margarita flavor. The overall feeling was that it was similar to a Mike’s Hard Lemonade. This tasted good but it was not really a margarita.

Skinnygirl Margarita

 

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$16.99 for 4 200 ml from NH Liquor Store

12.7% Alcohol

This had the most alcohol flavor; it was a distinct tequila taste. There was not enough citrus flavor, it only came through as an acid taste.

Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita

 

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$19.99 for 1.75 l from NH Liquor Store

12.7% Alcohol

This had a solid lime flavor but was also well balanced with a hint of orange. There was a fruity aftertaste. Despite this having a higher alcohol content it had very little alcohol flavor.

Conclusion

Both groups were pretty well split between the 1800 Ultimate Margarita and the Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita. Admittedly I can not decide between the two and would probably base my decision on whether one was on sale at the time or whether I was looking for a higher or lower alcohol content. I would happily choose either of these to satisfy a margarita craving.

It was unanimously decided by both groups that one sip of Skinnygirl Margarita was one too many. Overall the Cayman Jack Margarita wouldn’t satisfy a margarita craving; however would make a good choice for a picnic beverage.

I can’t yet say how these would compare to home made margaritas; however I am sensing another test in the future!

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Categories: Cocktail Chronicles

2 Responses so far.

  1. Tbill says:

    I liked the Cuervo Gold premixed the best. The orange flavor really smoothed out the tequila. Uno mas!

  2. Foodie on the hill says:

    I agree with Tbill.

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