Restaurant: Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, NJ
Creator: Chuck West, bartender
Inspiration: Sitting on the beach listening to Nirvana wishing for a great cocktail.
Key Ingredients: Avion Silver Tequila, white nectarines, house-made habanero agave syrup, fresh lime juice, mango puree and creole bitters
What the Judges Said: “Who wouldn’t want a kick-ass margarita while sitting on the beach listening to Nirvana? West delivers here with a version that’s elevated by his habanero agave syrup. The fruit gives this drink its sweetness, but the pepper and bitters give it balance. And best of all, it smelled not at all like teen spirit.”