So there we were in Santa Barbara at the Four Seasons Biltmore on a gorgeous SoCal evening. The temperature was in the 80s the sea breeze blowing in our hair. It was perfect. We stopped to meet friends for drinks at Ty’s, the lovely lounge just left of the gracious lobby. While all my readers realize the Diva does mostly Chardonnay, our friend Coleen was nursing an interesting cocktail that piqued our interest.
“What’s that,” we asked? “A 100 mile cocktail,” she replied. “A hundred miles from where,” we countered? Well it seems that the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara is intent on promoting locally-grown everything so this particular adult beverage was made from everything that came from the ground on up within a 100 mile radius of the iconic resort.
Ty’s Lounge at Four Seasons Resort which is named after the billionaire Beanie Baby founder/owner of the hotel, Ty Warner, prides itself in keeping it local with the Backyard Barbareño, a new cocktail that features only ingredients sourced within 100 miles (160 kilometres) of the historic beachfront playground.
Ingredients include Re-Find Vodka (Paso Robles, California), Ventura Orangecello Blood Orange (Ventura, California), Mama’s Preserves guava jalapeño preserves (Arroyo Grande, California), farmers market limes (Goleta, California), and from the Resort’s own on-property chef’s garden, fresh blood orange juice and cilantro flowers.
The Backyard Barbareño (one of the extinct Chumash languages of the Santa Barbara area) is inspired by santa Barbara’s Spanish heritage combined with California fresh ingredients. The vodka selected for the drink is uniquely craft-distilled from grapes (from vineyard to bottle) in the adjacent wine producing region of Paso Robles.
The end result is a a remarkably refreshing, citrusy cocktail that’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, with just the right amount of tang, served up in a rocks glass – chosen carefully to showcase the striking color and garnishes.
A little too sweet for the Diva’s tastes, I stuck with a big buttery Sonoma Chardonnay. But it appeared the 100 mile cocktail was hugely successful. Many tipplers were consuming said drink, mostly women. The men appeared to be leaning to martinis, Manhattans and beer.
It was a lovely sunset and no matter what you were drinking, the fresh sea air, the view of the Pacific Ocean and the charm of the Four Seasons all combined to make it magical. And all before dinner (more about that in the next edition).