For those of you who have seen my recipes on here, it is of no surprise that I love this margarita! I wish I could say I came up with it myself but I didn’t. This is a special garden cocktail from the Medlock Ames Tasting Room and Alexander Valley Bar. I visited the area (again) while driving a Chevy Volt around California touring sustainable farms and food producers. This drink was definitely a highlight!
Reclaimed wood from the original structure has been reused throughout the property. The garden (which is organic but not certified) is a sea of citrus fruits, chili peppers, vegetables and herbs, such as pineapple sage and cilantro. No fancy imported olives or overpriced picnic-ware are found here. Just good wine and canned produce from the garden. And the place has been known to host a farmers market or two, as a bit of a throwback to the “store” it used to be. If anything, the seasonally inspired cocktails, like this margarita, are a great reason to visit!
Add 4 to 5 pepper slices, a small handful of fresh cilantro, 1/2 ounce of fresh-squeezed lime juice, a dash of agave nectar and 2 ounces of tequila to a pint glass.
Add ice and shake the mixture thoroughly.
Serve in a salted high ball glass and top with soda water.
Garnish with a pepper slice and enjoy!