This feature has been produced in partnership with 1800 Tequila
Few spirits are more infamous than tequila. High-minded drinkers have given it a bad rap, dismissing it as neither dignified nor delicious. They smugly sigh at holidaymakers who sip slushy frozen margs while singing Jimmy Buffet, and at raucous college students who laud the end of finals with shots lined up at the local dive bar.
It’s their loss. Tequila is so much more than a face-numbing, night-obliterating architect of shameful hangovers. It’s complex and sophisticated, and those who love it are a breed all their own – ready for a good time and occasionally rowdy, but just as worldly and refined as their bourbon-imbibing counterparts.
Today’s tequilas have matured with class and are right at home on the drinks trolleys of all fine spirit purveyors. And one of the most prestigious names in the agave game? 1800 Tequila.
The Problem: You’ve Only Ordered Off The Rail
Every budding tequila buff has to start somewhere. For many connoisseurs-in-the-making, that “somewhere” is the house bottle, likely swigged as a celebratory shot or knocked back off a stranger’s torso in Cancún. While many an uppity drinker would frown at the thought, we’re not here to tell you a bellybutton isn’t a perfectly good cup – we’re just here to remind you it’s only a stop on the road to tequila savant status.
You’ve grown up and so should your tastebuds. Follow the lead of your whiskey-loving friends who have graduated to finer fare by saying farewell to the well and embracing the back bar. A 100% agave tequila will seriously upgrade your spirit experience.
The Cure: 1800 Silver
1800 Silver is made from 100% Weber blue agave plants aged for 8-12 years and hand-picked at their peak from the highlands of Jalisco. The brew is double distilled, then blended with a selection of white tequilas to add greater complexity and character to the spirit.
Smooth and clean with a hint of sweet fruit, this is a fine option for sunset dwellers to sip neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail.
The Signature Cocktail: 1800 Summerita
60ml 1800 Silver
30ml Watermelon juice
15ml Lime juice
7ml Agave spirit
Pinch of ground coriander
Champagne to top
Garnish: Coriander leaf
Directions: Add all ingredients but champagne to shaker. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain over fresh ice. Top with champagne. Garnish and prepare to have one of the best summers of your life.
The Problem: You’re Worried About The Worm
Worms are for early birds, not for beverages. For starters, the worm is not a worm at all – it’s a moth larva called a gusano de maguey.
More importantly, it was never meant to be in your tequila. The worm you’ve been brought up to believe marks a “real” tequila actually belongs in mezcal, tequila’s smokier cousin, and even then it was probably just a marketing ploy to sell cheap mezcal to tourists in the 1940s.
If you’ve been avoiding tequila because you can’t stomach the thought of a creepy-crawly in your cup, consider your excuse debunked.
The Cure: 1800 Reposado
1800 Reposado is a visually commanding bottle with a distinctive flavour profile to match its good looks. The tequila is crafted using 8-12 year old 100% Weber blue agave which has been aged for no less than six months in American and French oak barrels.
The process imparts a bright honey hue, as well as notes of buttery caramel, mild spices and a touch of smokiness. Trust us: you won’t miss the pickled invertebrate.
The Signature Cocktail: 1800 Daybreak
Glass: Champagne Flute
45ml 1800 Reposado
30ml Blood orange liqueur
15ml Blood orange juice
2 Dashes Angostura orange bitters
Garnish: Orange twist
Directions: Blend all ingredients in glass, garnish and serve for the perfect start to golden hour with friends.
The Problem: You’re Fixated On Shots
Since when do you take life advice from Lil Jon and LMFAO? When it comes to consuming tequila, shots shots shots shots shots are not the way to go. Quality tequila is meant to be sipped like a Scotch or whiskey, not pounded between a salty lick and a bite of lime.
The infamous tequila shot was motivated by survival more than anything else, but these days there’s no need to mask astringent flavours. Today’s tequilas are refined, complex, and tasty spirits that should be savoured.
The Cure: 1800 Añejo
Like the Reposado, 1800 Añejo is made using 100% Weber blue agave aged anywhere from 8-12 years. But unlike its younger counterpart, the Añejo it spends a minimum of 14 months maturing in French Oak barrels, giving it a much richer flavour that’s ripe for sipping.
Expect a luxurious texture and a spicy finish, with well-rounded flavours of toasted oak, vanilla and butterscotch,
The Signature Cocktail: 1800 Jalisco Negroni
30ml 1800 Añejo
30ml Italian Vermouth
30ml Italian orange liqueur
Garnish: Orange twist
Directions: Stir down ingredients over ice. Top up with fresh ice, garnish and serve to accompany your warm balmy nights.
The Problem: You’re Afraid To DIY
There’s more to tequila than margaritas, but the drink is a classic for a reason. It’s a damn good way to drink this sassy spirit, but watch out for the serial offender that has ravaged many an at-home margarita game: bottled lime juice.
We get it – who has time to squeeze all those limes before a Sunday Funday? – but trust us on this one. That seemingly-inoffensive supermarket purchase is making your drinks taste cheap. Swap it for something unexpected like pineapple juice and no one will miss the mediocrecitrus substitute.
The Cure: 1800 Coconut
Take the winning characteristics of 1800 Silver, infuse them with the natural flavours of ripened coconut, and you get a slightly-sweet, medium bodied tropical tequila that’s made for sipping during summer.
Perfect on the rocks and equally enticing with pineapple juice, 1800 Coconut is the ideal beverage for adding a hint of island life to your social gatherings on the beach or harbour.
The Signature Cocktail: 1800 Coconut Crusher
45ml 1800 Coconut
90ml Pineapple juice
Garnish: Pineapple wedge
Directions: Shake and pour over fresh ice. Garnish and serve immediately to bring a taste of the tropics to your beach party.