Tequila is an integral part of Cinco de Mayo and Mexican culture and since margaritas are an integral part of festivities it makes sense to support Latinx-owned brands. Over the past few years, celebrities like Mario Lopez and Oscar de La Hoya have partnered with their favorite tequila brands and women like Bertha Gonzalez Nieves have been named the “First Lady of Tequila” by having a strong female presence in the industry. With all these delivery services, it’s easier than ever to shop for tequila – and, frankly, there’s no better time to start showing your support. Here are eight Latinx-owned tequilas to add to your liquor cabinet, and trust us, once you buy a bottle, you’ll become a lifetime customer. Salud!
La Gritona is a 100% blue agave tequila owned by Melly Barajas from Valle de Guadalupe, Jalisco, Mexico. This tequila is matured for about 10 years and grown in the Jalisco highlands. The leftover agave is given to local farmers to use as cattle feed and their bottles are made from recycled Mexican glass. Their reposado sells for about $40 a bottle.
Prospero Tequila was founded by Stella Anguiano, one of Mexico’s most prominent female Master Distillers. Prospero is a celebration of women made with women in mind according to their website: “Women are here. We see women in all areas of the industry, bringing knowledge, our desire to succeed, and especially our passion to do things well.” Bottles of Prospero sell from $30 to $40.
Clase Azul Tequila
Arturo Lomeli was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and is the founder and CEO of Clase Azul Tequila. The brand was founded in 1997 and is now available in 20 countries. Clase Azul is made by local community members in Mexico and is made from 100% pure agave. This tequila comes in 15 different bottles and many people use them as vases afterward. These bottles sell from $300 all the way up to $30,000.
Casa Mexico Tequila
Casa Mexico Tequila was founded by Don Buccio and is still owned by his family in Mexico. This tequila has become so popular that celebs like Mario Lopez and Oscar De La Hoya have partnered with the brand. It comes in silver, reposado, and anejo and sells for $30 to $40.
Casa Dragones Tequila
Casa Dragones comes straight from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and was named after the Queen’s cavalry from the 1700s. Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, also known as First Lady of Tequila, founded Casa Dragones and told NBC News that they are “in the business of taste, not the business of volume.” There is blanco and anejo available and is in the price range of $80 to $1,000.
Casa Noble Tequila
Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo founded Casa Noble Tequila from the Blue Weber agave fields in Jalisco, Mexico. Casa Noble Tequila is one of the first certified organic tequilas and starts at $20 and goes all the way up to $1,599 a bottle. Their website also offers multiple cocktail recipes such as the Noble Punch, the Noble-Rita, and the Casa Cosmo.
La Gran Señora Tequila
Music legend Jenni Rivera created La Gran Señora Tequila right before her death in 2012. In 2013 the tequila went on sale for the public and each tequila (blanco, reposado, and anejo) represents her in different ways. It has a not-so-strong scent and doesn’t have a strong after-taste. Bottles sell for $40 in stores but go for as much as $200 on eBay.
Marco Cedano is the founder of Tequila Trombo and has been a legend in the tequila world for over 40 years. He was the master distiller for Don Julio and Reserva de Los Gonzales, so he’s pretty knowledgeable when it comes to tequila. “I’m really proud of what I’ve done throughout my career at some of the best brands, but there are always limitations when you work for someone else. Tromba represents everything I think great tequila can be,” it states on their website. There are also a number of cocktail recipes like the Verdita, Rosita, and the Si Senor. It sells between $30 to $50.