An Introduction to Hornitos
A Brief History
Hornitos tequila was first made in the 1950’s by Sauza Tequila, a tequila distilling company based out of Guadalajara, Mexico. Hornitos tequila is made entirely of the fruit of the blue agave plant and distilled twice before bottling, resulting in a warm and slightly dry finish with noticeable floral notes.
How is Hornitos tequila made?
Hornitos’ most basic tequila, Hornitos Plata, is made from blue agave. Blue agave is a plant that grows specifically in the arid and dry climate of Mexico’s many deserts. The fruit of the blue agave plant is harvested, baked to release its juices and begin to cook off the fruit’s natural sugars, and is then ground down into a fine paste. Hornitos Plata isn’t aged for very long, or at all, resulting in a tequila that is completely clear and lacking any hints of earthy and wooden tones.
Hornitos Reposado is a tequila that is aged in massive oak barrels for a minimum of two months. This distilling period allows the tequila to draw out the flavor of the wood, as well as its color, resulting in a final product that has a light blond hue. Reposado is the perfect tequila to sip slowly or to mix into your favorite cocktail.
Hornitos also offers the Honritos Anjeo, one of their tequilas that is left to age for a longer period of time. While Anejo follows the same first few steps of tequila production, this particular batch is left to age for a minimum of a year in American oak barrels. As a result, this tequila is a rich and golden brown color and has pulled a lot of its earthy and smooth flavors from the wood.
Hornitos Tequila Prices List
$12.99 - $19.99
$19.99 - $24.99
$36.99 - $43.99
$19.99 - $24.99
$25.99 - $35.99
$28.99 - $32.99
Hornitos Black Barrel
$28.99 - $32.99
Hornitos Lime Shot
$19.99 - $24.99
$9.47 - $11.99
Prices Compared to Other Tequila Brands
A bottle of premium Don Julio Blanco Tequila can cost anywhere between $41.99-45.99, which is nearly double the most expensive bottle offered by Hornitos. Hornitos offers high-quality tequila at a very reasonable price, and is significantly cheaper than any product offered by Don Julio, a premium tequila brand. One of the more expensive bottles of Don Julio, Don Julio Real Tequila, retails from between $399.99 - $419.99, which overshadows anything that Hornitos even has to offer. Don Julio is definitely a tequila for those looking for high-tier quality and class.
A bottle of Avion Silver (750ml) is usually sold for a little more than a standard bottle of Hornitos Plata (1.75L), ranging between $34.99 - $38.99. Avion’s most expensive bottle of tequila, Avion Reserva 44, ranges between $129.99 - $149.99. The high price is largely due to the fact that this particular bottle of tequila is aged for a much longer time. Hornitos, in comparison, ages their tequila from anywhere between a few days to only a year or so. Time’s effect on the tequila’s taste is evident, hence Avion’s higher price range.
Rose Tequila is a fun brand that makes their tequila with specialty flavors. A bottle of Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream (750ml) can be bought for $17.99 - $21.99. Similarly, Hornitos offers a flavored tequila called the Hornitos Lime Shot. At the same volume, a bottle of this zesty tequila ranges between $19.99-$24.99, making the two brands rather comparable with this regard.
Milagro offers their 750ml Milagro Silver tequila for $21.99 - $27.99, which is very similar to the price range of the Hornitos Plata. Milagro’s most expensive bottle, Milagro Unico 2, tops out at a price between $269.99 - $299.99. Unfortunately, Hornitos doesn’t currently host a product that compares to the Milagro Unico 2 in terms of price, and is usually not considered as highly rated in comparison.
Jose Cuervo can definitely be described as another tequila producer with reasonable prices and delicious final products. A bottle of Jose Cuervo Especial Silver (750ml) can typically be bought for less than $20, which is very comparable to the bottles that Hornitos currently offers on the market. Jose Cuervo’s most expensive bottle, Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia, ranges anywhere between $129.99 - $199.99. Its price is justified by the length of the tequila’s aging process, as well as its smooth flavor that can only be obtained over time.
Deleon is considered a premium tequila producer, and this is therefore reflected in their spirits prices. Their cheapest bottle of tequila, Deleon Platinum (750ml), can be bought for roughly $37.99 - $49.99, which rivals even the most expensive bottle of Hornitos Black Barrel. Deleon is known for offering some of the most expensive bottles of tequila out there, the Deleon Leona, which is incredibly rare and retails at roughly $649.99 - $699.99.
Patron is, without a doubt, a very popular and influential tequila. It’s been made well-known through popular culture, and its notoriety has definitely had an effect on their prices. As a premium tequila distiller, Patron’s cheapest bottle can retail between $21.99 - $23.99, and the price only climbs from there! Comparatively, Hornitos is much cheaper and affordable to the casual tequila drinker. For those looking for high-quality and are willing to shell out a bit more for premium tequila, Patron may be a good option for you.
What should you mix with Hornitos tequila?
The Classic Margarita
You can never go wrong when you order a classic margarita. This cocktail is an excellent option for those who want to enjoy a zesty, salty and fruity drink, while still enjoying the wonderful warmth that tequila has to offer. Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in lime juice, and then proceed to dip the rim in coarse salt. Pour in the ingredients and give a quick stir to ensure that all the flavors have a chance to mix and meet. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve!
There’s nothing more beautiful than a sunrise, so why not turn it into a drink? In a tall glass, simply pour in the grenadine first so that it pools at the bottom. Next, add the other ingredients and give the drink a quick stir with a straw or spoon. Optionally, you can add a bit of club soda or Sprite to add a touch more sweetness and get some wonderful carbonation that’s sure to be refreshing.
Straight Tequila Shots
No one said that you had to mix tequila into a drink. Tequila is the go-to shot of choice amongst pub, club, and bar goers. Simply ask for a shot of tequila, a bit of salt, and a lime wedge and toast with your friends to good times and happy memories!