Nothing promises a good time like a good ol’ shot of tequila. But not all tequilas are created equal. Some are perfect for Margaritas and other tequilas are meant for sipping. Certain brands dominate among consumers, mainly in the off-premise world of restaurant sipping and casual bar slugging. Drinks International rounded up the top ten best-selling tequila brands in the world’s top 50 bars. Check out the list below to see if your favorite made the cut!
Clocking in at number one, Don Julio is also the largest tequila brand in terms of value. Founded by Don Julio Gonzalez-Frausto Estrada in 1942, the company has since become one of the most well-known brands for tequila worldwide. Available in Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, 1942, Real, and 70 bottlings.
“Tequila is a tradition, a way of life,” is this second best-selling brand’s motto. Blue agave plants are carefully selected from the Los Altos de Jalisco zone, where dry periods followed by strong rains creates a mineral-rich environment perfect for tequila production.
This third best-selling brand was the first to note production year and exact location from where the agave was selected on the bottle, making each batch unique and special. Crafted in the old fashioned, slower style method of producing tequila, Ocho continues to maintain its integrity throughout the market.
Tapatio, the Mexican term for a man from Guadalajara, maintains a highly natural flavor profile, with authenticity playing a key part in their production methodology. With its double distillation process and its rich history dating back to the 1800s, it’s no surprise this brand finds itself in the top ten selling brands.
One of the most popular tequila brands on the market, the original Patron began production at one of Mexico’s oldest distilleries, Casa 7 Leguas. The brand has re-marketed itself over the years as a premium brand, with focus on “taste and sophistication.” Numerous celebrities have attached themselves to the brand as well.
This single estate tequila crafted at El Ranchito distillery comes from agave plants grown by the Vivanco family, who have worked the land and farmed the plant for five generations. The land is cultivated without the use of pesticides; their signature Blanco bottling clocks in at 43 percent ABV and is fermented with Champagne yeasts.
One of the largest-selling tequila brands in the world, the company is owned and operated by the Beckmann family, who are indeed relatives of Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo himself. The brand began to skyrocket in the 1940s after Prohibition, when tequila smuggling from Mexico became popular in the southwest of America. In 2012, the brand opened the Cuervo Express train, where tourists could hop the 2 hour train from Guadalajara to Jalisco, arrive in the fields, and take a tour of the distillery.
Founded in 1870 by Felix Lopez, Herradura remained a family business for over a century. Currently, the brand is operated by Brown-Forman. Their El Jimador label is the best selling tequila in Mexico. The brand also produces bottlings of Blanco, Blanco Suave, Reposado, Antiguo, Anejo, and Seleccion Suprema, aged for an impressive 49 months in barrel.
There are no fillers or colorings added to this 100 percent natural, estate-bottled tequila. It’s no surprise that El Jimador is the best selling tequila brand in Mexico.
This Campari America brand is produced at the San Nicolas Distillery in Los Altos and was originally created by Cirilo Oropeza. The brand was first produced in 1998 and was the first brand to bring reposado variants to the market. The brand is available in Mexico, the US, and a few other scattered markets.