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2016 Best Cocktails in America: The California Mule

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best cocktail california muleCategory: 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.

Price: $12

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.

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