Restaurant: Olamendi’s Laguna, Laguna Beach, CA
Creator: Jorge Olamendi III, g.m. & bar manager
Inspiration: A passion for my family, proper tequila and the classic song, Malaguena Salerosa.
Key Ingredients: Olamendi’s Organic Tequila, house-made hibiscus water, a splash of orange juice and hint of serrano chile
What the Judges Said: “This family restaurant has not only stood the test of time (opened in 1973), it also gave birth to its own premium organic-brand tequila. This cocktail honors the quality of that tequila with a bit of sweetness from the hibiscus and orange juice, while balancing it with spicy serrano. The addition of a fresh-picked flower garnish had the female judges swooning.”