The results are in from the second annual “Official Drink of Santa Barbara” cocktail contest and the winner is the “Biltmore Fuerte” by Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. “Biltmore Fuerte” is designated Santa Barbara’s official signature drink of 2018 as part of the finale judging event hosted by Visit Santa Barbara on Thursday, June 21, at El Paseo Mexican Restaurant.
The cocktail will be on the menu at Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara for the remainder of the year. Local restaurants, bars and lounges were once again invited to develop a new, unique signature mixed drink that celebrates the distinctive attributes of the local area. The creation had to include a spirit from Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, a locally owned small-scale craft distillery located in the Funk Zone.
The “Biltmore Fuerte” is a smooth and refreshing cocktail that uses locally sourced ingredients, from the base spirit, Cutler’s Artisan Spirits 33 Bourbon, to lemons and lavender flower from the hotels’ own Chef’s Garden. The cocktail also features local Ebby’s Farm strawberries and Super Bee Rescue “Thomas Wildfire Honey.”
Twenty one businesses entered the initial contest and the public had the opportunity to cast a vote for their top pick online, which narrowed the pool to five finalists. Finally, television personality and Travelzoo Senior Editor Gabe Saglie emceed the event in which the “Biltmore Fuerte” was chosen as the official cocktail.