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2014 Best Cocktails in America: Malaguena-Hibiscus Margarita

Not only has America’s love for cocktails grown tremendously in recent years, so has the skill of those who prepare them. Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff selected 29 top cocktails prepared by mixologists around the country. See all winners >>

Category: Tequila

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

Price: $10

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.”

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