This recipe is featured in our September 2014 Food +Entertaining Article, Local Flavors: Cocktails.
The BalboaCourse: Drinks
This cocktail featuring all local ingredients is named for one of Santa Barbara’s original speakeasies, which was tucked away in the basement of downtown’s historic Balboa building. It features a local vodka produced by Ascendant Spirits, the first distillery in Santa Barbara County to legally produce whisky, vodka, moonshine and other spirits since Prohibition.
2 ounces American Star Caviar Lime vodka
1/2 blood orange
1 tuft of fennel and lime blossom
1 dash of simple syrup
- Muddle fennel and simple syrup in cocktail shaker. Add vodka, juice of half blood orange and one thinly-sliced blood orange wheel. Shake and pour in rock glass. Garnish with fennel sprig, lime blossom.