Farm to Glass Revolution

In the heart of Santa Barbara County, where the land is rich and the produce bountiful, a new movement is taking root: farm-to-glass cocktails. Leading this revolution is the iconic Cuyama Buckhorn, a timeless roadside resort in the heart of California’s high desert.

But what truly sets the Cuyama Buckhorn Resort and Buckhorn Bar apart is its history intertwined with a modern vision. Established in 1952 as a roadside resort, it has evolved into a beacon of mixological innovation while retaining its historic charm. 

Farm-to-glass is not just a trend; it’s a journey. It’s about capturing the essence of the region, be it the blueberries of Maine or the exotic Buddha’s hand that has made its way into California’s food culture. At the Buckhorn, this philosophy is celebrated with a cocktail menu that transforms with the seasons, ensuring a fresh palette of flavors throughout the year.

The Dolorosa cocktail is a shining example of this. While it pays homage to the classic Negroni, the smoky undertones of mezcal, combined with Campari, set the stage, but it’s the Ruby Port, with its deep fruit flavor, that steals the show. 

Ruby Port, with its rich, fruity black cherry, raspberry, and plum notes, is more than just a vermouth substitute. You’ll also find hints of purple floral notes, a perfect pairing with chocolate, and a harmonious with the bitterness of Campari.

The Dolorosa is not just a drink; it’s Santa Barbara in a glass. It’s a sip of the land’s richness, a nod to the Buckhorn’s legacy, and a celebration of farm-to-glass cocktails. Here’s the recipe: 


  • 1.5 Ounces Maore Ensemble Mezcal
  • 5 Ounces Campari
  • .75 Ruby Port
  • .25 Benedictine
  • 2 Dashes of Orange Bitters

Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice, and stir for 30 seconds. Strain over a large ice cube and enjoy. 

So, as the farm-to-glass movement gains momentum, places like the Buckhorn Bar stand as pioneers, championing a cause that’s not just about drinks but about honoring the land, the produce, and the community. And in the midst of this revolution, cocktails like the Dolorosa shine bright, reminding us of the magic that happens when the soil’s bounty meets a bartender’s imagination.

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