The 6 Most Beautiful Tequila Bottles
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Tequila makers have teamed up with renowned artists to design beautiful bottles for the blue agave-based elixir. Here are six that will both look great on your shelf and make mean margaritas come May and beyond.
(Mexico, Proximo Spirits, Jersey City, NJ); $30
Every year on Cinco de Mayo, 1800 Tequila releases a new artist collaboration bottle series, and this year’s sixth addition celebrates the late, iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Famed for his rebellious technique and colorful fusion of words, symbols and stick figures, Basquiat’s six original designs will adorn a limited run of special edition bottles.
Try a Bloody Maria, the Tequila-spiked counterpart to the bloody mary.
(Mexico, Double Eagle Imports, Alpharetta, GA); $25
Created by illustrator Gerardo Ibarra from Kemelyen Creations, the colorful Mexican-wrestler motif on this Tequila label commands attention. The carved-mask bottle top and striking bottle structure, designed by ANAYA Graphic, is particularly whimsical.
Alternate sips of this bold Tequila with a spicy, colorful sangrita.
(Mexico, William Grant & Sons, New York, NY); $53
This gorgeous bottle features an interior sculpture: a spiky glass agave piña, representing the prickly plant from which Tequila is made. Designed by Mexico City natives Danny Schneeweiss and Moy Guindi (who co-founded Milagro), the bottles still are made by Mexican glass artists.
While this bottling is smooth enough to sip straight, it can also elevate a classic margarita.
(Mexico; Colorado Spirits Importers, Boulder, CO); $30
Washington-based illustrator and graphic artist Adam Jackson designed the striking rabbit featured on this bottle label. “We love his line work and use of symbols,” says Laurence Spiewak, co-founder/CEO of Suerte (which means “luck,” in Spanish). While the rabbit itself connotes the discovery of Tequila (supposedly, Tequila was developed after a farmer’s wife noticed rabbits in a field getting tipsy on fermented agave), closer inspection reveals a number of other lucky symbols incorporated into the design, ranging from diamonds to crowns.
Grab some grapefruit soda and mix up a paloma cocktail.
(The Patrón Spirits Company, Las Vegas, NV); $60
Patrón Spirits collaborated with Evan Yurman, chief timepiece design director for David Yurman jewelry, to create this limited-edition bottle stopper. Inspired by the elaborate metal carvings found on 18th-century Japanese Samurai swords, it’s die-cast in solid metal and electroplated in gunmetal and 24K gold.
Although aged Tequila often is best savored straight, it also does justice to an añejo old-fashioned, served over a large chunk of ice and splashed with sweet vermouth and bitters.
(Mexico, Campari America, San Francisco, CA); $25
This Mexican folk art-style label was inspired by 19th-century Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, who was famous for the controversial skeleton illustrations he designed in celebration of Mexico’s traditional Day of the Dead. Since the legendary pelea de gallos (fighting roosters) are important to Mexican culture, the scenes on the label feature Ramón the Rooster in key moments in Mexican history. Espolòn also takes its name from the “spur” found on the back of the rooster’s leg.
The el diablo cocktail is the perfect way to put this Tequila to good use. A splash of deep red cassis lends an appropriately devilish hue.
- 21800 Tequila Essential Artists Series
- 3Rudo Tequila Blanco and Tecnico Tequila Blanco
- 4Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver
- 5Suerte Tequila Blanco
- 6Patrón Añejo with David Yurman Limited Edition
- 7Espolòn Tequila Blanco