1800 Tequila markets The Ultimate Margarita, its brand of pre-made, ready-to serve margaritas, as “the #1 premium margarita.” This may be the case, but that perhaps says more about the general quality of bottled/canned margaritas than anything else.
Made with “premium tequila, triple sec liqueur, natural flavors and certified colors” and available in six flavors (pineapple, raspberry, watermelon, peach, jalapeño lime, and original), The Ultimate Margarita emphasizes the latter more than the former, weighing in at a mere 9.95% abv (aka 19.9 proof) and not featuring the tequila nearly enough.When taken straight from the bottle, The Ultimate Margarita leans too heavily to the saccharine side, particularly when having more than one.
We sampled three varieties of The Ultimate Margarita and rate them here in order of preference. Again, each is bottled at 19.9 proof.
1800 The Ultimate Margarita Peach — The most drinkable of the lot. Reminiscent of Nehi Peach Soda (a compliment!). Like a yellow peach, the sweetness of this one is tempered with a bit of tartness. B- [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
1800 The Ultimate Margarita Watermelon — Red watermelons are ideally subtly sweet with notes of cucumber. This version of The Ultimate Margarita instead bombards the taste buds with an overwhelming sugariness and has an artificial-feeling flavor that is reminiscent of watermelon Bubble Yum bubble gum (though that admittedly has some nostalgic appeal). C+ [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
1800 The Ultimate Margarita Original — Underwhelming, at best. This variety is far too sweet and syrupy and misses the pleasant acidity and sour tang that is representative of a traditional margarita. C [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
To be fair, the listed criticisms are not uncommon with ready-to-serve margaritas and can be adequately addressed with an added shot (or three) of your favorite tequila and a generously salted glass rim. Despite its sweetness, The Ultimate Margarita would likely fare just fine with the college-aged set and anyone else looking for an appropriate pairing with $20 worth of Taco Bell.
each $22 per 1.75L bottle