The makers of 1800 Tequila have added their silver tequila to a bottle of margarita mix. This is a nice bottled cocktail for a picnic, potluck, a last-minute get-together, or when you simply don't feel like standing behind the bar all night.
As far as pre-mixed cocktails go, 1800 The Ultimate Margarita is one of the best you'll find. Unlike many margarita mixes, the tequila is already in the bottle so there is no need for a second bottle, but it is a little light on the tequila and heavy on the syrup.
The 1800 Margarita Mix weighs in at a mere 9.95% ABV while the average shaken Lime Margarita can top 27% ABV. That's a big difference and we're not just concerned about how drunk you get. No, the proof can also let us know about the taste. In this case, we are missing some of that essential tequila flavor and getting more sweetened lime.
Overall the taste is as close to a freshly-made Margarita as you'll find in a bottle. In terms of quality and convenience in a single package, it's a good choice. It's actually one of the best choices if convenience is your primary concern.
For a small party of two to four people, the smaller 750mL bottle is perfect for 2 to 3 drinks on the rocks for each person. If you plan on serving blended margaritas or more than 4 people, I would suggest buying the 1.75L bottle as the mix does not go far. Also, because it is so light and sweet, it is gone before you know it.
How to Drink It
You will want to shake or blend this margarita rather than pour it straight out of the bottle. A little dilution goes a long way toward reducing the puckering sweetness and making it more drinkable.
- On the Rocks: Shake 5 ounces of margarita mix with ice and pour into a salt-rimmed margarita glass.
- Blended Margarita: Blend 1 cup ice with 5 ounces mix, pour into a salt-rimmed margarita glass.
You might even want to add an extra shot of tequila, but that defeats the purpose. Honestly, if that's your intent, you might as well grab the lime and triple sec and make a margarita from scratch!
Flavor Options for The Ultimate Margarita
1800 The Ultimate Margarita is now available in:
- Original (lime with a hint of orange) - reviewed above
About 1800 The Ultimate Margarita
One interesting note: When it was first released around 2006, this margarita mix clearly proclaimed that it was made with "100% blue Weber agave tequila." As of 2016, that distinction has been replaced with "premium tequila":