3 Cheers-Worthy Cocktails

After a long day of beach-going, sight-seeing and coastal-cruising, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good cocktail and great company. In Santa Barbara, you don’t have to go far to find a watering hole infused with the flavors of The American Riviera®.  Finch & Fork, located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, serves up America’s favorite dishes and one-of-a-kind cocktails.

As you pore over their extensive bar book, we suggest asking  Joe Dohany, lead bartender and mixology guru, what he’d recommend. Perhaps you’re in the mood for something light and refreshing? Try The Witch’s Back. If you’re traditionally a Manhattan drinker, order the Toil & Trouble. Or, if you’re in the mood for some holiday cheer, Joe is serving up Rubies & Gold, the quintessential holiday refresher.

Do we have your attention yet? To those who aren’t in Santa Barbara: we’re sorry. Nonetheless, here are the recipes for three cheer-worthy cocktails  you can make at home to regain that Santa Barbara state of mind.

The next time you’re in Santa Barbara, don’t forget to stop in and say hi to Joe.

The Witch’s Back

 A refreshing cocktail, perfect for all seasons, like Santa Barbara.

The Witch's Back at Finch & Fork
The Witch’s Back at Finch & Fork

3/4 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
3/4 oz Strega
3/4 oz Pamplemousse Rose
3/4 quart oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 Dashes of Orange Bitters

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Top off with Rosemary.

To really taste the flavors of rosemary, burn one end and place in drink before enjoying.



Rubies and Gold

 The quintessential holiday refresher.

Rubies and Gold at Finch & Fork
Rubies and Gold at Finch & Fork

1 ½ oz Banks 7 Rum
½ oz Becherovka
½ oz Demerara Syrup*
½ oz Cranberry Juice- Cocktail
½ Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
2 Dashes of orange bitters

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into glass. To top it off, sink 1 quality cocktail cherry.

*You can even make your own, it’s that easy. Use 1 cup raw Turbinado Sugar and 1 cup hot water. Stir until dissolves, and that’s it!



A drink of homage for the Manhattan drinker.

Toil and Trouble at Finch & Fork
Toil and Trouble at Finch & Fork

1 ½ oz High West Double Rye Whisky
½ oz Banana Liqueur
½ oz Amontillado Sherry
2 Drops Chocolate Bitters

Stir in glass over ice to chill. Before pouring into glass, rinse the glass with ½ oz walnut liqueur. To do so, spoon liqueur into glass and swirl until glass is coated.

Pour chilled ingredients into glass. To top off, use the peel of an orange and expel oils over the drink. In other words, squeeze the peel.