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2014 Best Cocktails in America: Nirvana

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: 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

Price: $10

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.”

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TAGS: Drink Trends
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