Friday Cocktails: The Garden Variety Margarita

Garden Variety Margarita

Garden Variety Margarita

A spicy ginger kick and the subtle, unmistakably grassy sweetness of kale elevates this vegetal variation on the margarita, from the New York City bar The Wayland.Anna Stockwell

I'm an avid kale enthusiast: steamed, sauteed, raw, boiled — you name it, I'll eat it. It should also be said that I thoroughly enjoy tequila, for somewhat less health-conscious reasons. Despite my love for both foods, I was skeptical about the combination of the two when I saw the Garden Variety Margarita — a drink made with kale juice — on the menu at the New York City spot the Wayland. But my curiosity got the best of me, and I was converted at my first sip. The juiced kale and tequila mix with ginger juice, lime, and agave nectar, making for a surprisingly refreshing drink with a spicy kick from the ginger and a subtle grassy sweetness from the kale. The drink's creation at the hands of Wayland co-owner and bartender Jason Mendenhall was only a matter of time: Mendenhall and co-owner/chef Rob Ceraso share ingredients between the kitchen and bar, resulting in drinks inspired by the menu, and vice versa. A cocktail featuring vegetables was inevitable and thus, my newest favorite cocktail was born.