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Tequila Vs. Vodka

Updated on August 29, 2017

Vodka and Tequila

Two most popular alcoholic beverages in the world!

Find out everything about vodka and tequila. From basic production process and calories, to drink recipes and best guides on the market for more in depth knowledge from the bartending masters. Learn how to choose the right quality of liquor for your taste and budget.

Vodka vs Tequila?

Find out how to serve and drink shots and what it takes to make a wonderful cocktail.

Margarita vs Cosmopolitan?

You have all seen the reviews in the media lately. Some say the number one cocktail ordered is a Margarita, other say it's the Cosmopolitan.

Lets get started, shall we?

Alcohol Content & Calorie Facts

Tequila vs Vodka

Alcohol Content

Tequila and vodka both are most often made at 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

Calories (Serving Size: 1.5 fl oz)

Vodka: 90-100 calories

Tequila: 90-100 calories

For more detailed list of vodka or tequila calories go to


Before you drink and before you decide to sit behind the wheel impaired find out exactly how much it takes to be over the legal driving limit and numerous factors that can effect an individuals BAC.

Informed decision is always a better decision. And remember that the ONLY safe driving limit is 0.



Vodka is a distilled beverage made from fermented substances such as grain, potatoes, or fruit.


Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant.

Tequila : How It's Made

Planting, tending, and harvesting the agave plant remains a manual effort, largely unchanged by modern farm machinery. The process that took centuries and many many generations of jimadores (the men who harvest it) to perfect.

Visit this informative video to learn more about Tequila and it's production.

Five categories of Tequila

1. Silver

Clear spirit, un-aged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation, or aged less than two months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels.

2. Gold

Silver tequila with addition of colorants and flavorings, caramel being the most common. It is the tequila of choice for Margaritas.

3. Reposado

Aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size.

4. Añejo

Aged a minimum of one year, but less than 3 years in small oak barrels.

5. Extra Añejo ("extra aged")

Aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels.

Vodka Guide Videos by expert bartender Jeff Klein

The best of:


High End


No Hangover

Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

The Best Vodka in the World

The Best High End Vodka

The Best Cheap Vodka

The Best Vodka for No Hangover

Vodka Shot vs Tequila Shot

For best taste always use top shelf liquor when making shots and leave the cheaper stuff for mixed drinks.

How to drink and serve a shot of vodka?

Lemon Drop - most popular vodka shot

Most popular way to serve a shot of vodka is with a slice of lemon. Hence lemon drop.

Add 1.5oz of vodka to shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for a minute or two. Vodka shots taste smoother when served shilled.

Poor chilled vodka in a shot glass and serve with a slice of lemon dipped in sugar.

Best cheap Vodka for shots

Best cheap Vodka for shots
Best cheap Vodka for shots

How to drink and serve a shot of tequila?

Salt & Lime Method

One of the most popular ways to consume tequila is in a tequila shot. The brave tequila consumers will drink a straight shot without the help of salt and lime. For those a little less brave here is how to do "lick, slam, suck" method.


Poor tequila of your choice into a shot glass. Before drinking the shot, prepare a slice of lime and lick the space between your thumb and forefinger and sprinkle some salt on it.


1. Lick the salt of your hand

2. Drink the whole shot in one swallow

3. Suck on the lime

*Alternatively, you can moisten the rim of your shot glasses and rub them in salt instead of taking the salt off your hand.

Vodka vs Tequila Cocktail Debate

Which one is your favorite?

Have fun, but always be responsible and don't drink and drive.

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      MikeParelli 4 years ago

      Fun lens. Thanks.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Great info about tequila and vodka. I like both, I keep my vodka in the freezer, very very cold is much better.

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Wow! Fascinating information about vodka and tequila!

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      khatha0808 5 years ago

      Vodka is pretty strong to me

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens:)

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      peachplanet 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: agree! :)

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      MikeRobbers LM 5 years ago

      Vodka is my fav drink! thanks for "The Best Vodka for No Hangover" video , I will follow the instructions for sure ..

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      it´s fun under alcohol influence.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Nice work on this lens! :)