Serving up the perfect tequila

wine hand in 8.10.08
wine hand in 8.10.08
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The number one-selling tequila in Mexico is El Jimador Tequila Blanco (£14 from £18.35, until July 24, 70cl, Waitrose).

It is an easy-mixing tequila that fires up the mouth with a citrus sweetness, and it’s unbeatable quality at the price.

To serve it like a pro, run a wedge of lime around the rim of a cocktail glass, dip the rim into a saucer of salt, shake off any excess and chill in the freezer before shaking.

A favourite in swish hotel bars, Patron Silver (£43.29, 70cl, Waitrose) is the top-selling ultra-premium tequila in the world.

It’s a soft and sweet peppery blanco that can be sipped neat or mixed.

A slight twist on the original version, Cointreau’s (£17.99, 70cl, major supermarkets) global ambassador Dita Von Teese has cast her name to the MargaDita - a reinvention of the classic margarita using this orange liqueur, the bitter-sweet orange flavours and subtle rose notes from Monin’s flavoured syrup kick it up a notch.

Good for sipping with ceviche, oysters, tortillas and salsa, try Ocho Reposado Tequila (Los Mangos) (£26, 50cl, Harvey Nichols nationwide).

It’s spicy, full and smooth with a hint of smoke and ideal served at room temperature.