Category: Agave (Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, etc.)
Restaurant: Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant, Dana Point, Calif.
Creator: Jorge Olamendi
Inspiration: Swing and Frank Sinatra rat pack music and the classic cocktail culture of the ’40s and ’50s.
Key Ingredients: Ginger-infused Olamendi’s Organic Tequila Plata, Olamendi’s Cerveza California Lager and lime, served in a salt-rimmed glass and garnished with a blackberry and sprig of thyme.
What the Judges Said: This drink is brighter and more refreshing than the classic Moscow Mule — vodka, lime and ginger beer — it’s based on. Olamendi infused tequila with ginger, leaving the way open for him to use a clean, crisp lager that makes this a perfect drink for a sunny day in California.