The Ultimate May-mosa

Spring has officially sprung and with the weather warming up, we are going to be spending a lot more time out in the beautiful Santa Barbara sunshine. A favorite past-time of many Americans (outside of baseball of course!) is going out for crisp, refreshing mimosas on a warm day.

            The mimosa has become a cultural staple over the past decade, but let’s get real. It’s getting a bit stale. Cheap champagne headaches should be a thing of the past! At Intermezzo, we are elevating the time-honored champagne cocktail to new levels.

            Instead of drinking a traditional mimosa, try it with a splash of blood orange or papaya instead. Blood oranges possess a distinctive flavor that is different than other sweet oranges like navels. This citrus variety is considered less acidic than the traditional orange and often contains overtones of berries, making it a great addition to our Gruet champagne. Papaya is often compared to a mixture of mango, cantaloupe and pineapple, only less tangy.

            If you would like to try something completely new and forgo the mimosa entirely, there are other amazing champagne cocktails you can try. Adding a sugar cube and a few dashes of bitters with a lemon twist makes for a great, refreshing champagne cocktail. Ask your bartender for a Kir Royale before munching on a Cask burger! This pre-dinner aperitif mixes crème de cassis with champagne for a delightful cocktail! Stop by Intermezzo for lunch or dinner anytime this May-mosa!


The Finer Things: Wine Cask and Intermezzo

Some days you wake up and feel like a million bucks. You may decide to go shopping, have a massage or even get dressed up and treat yourself to a great meal at a nice restaurant. The finer things in life are always such a treat and usually well worth the price. But that doesn’t mean you necessarily must break the bank.

The Wine Cask family of Intermezzo and the original Wine Cask restaurant offer the best of both worlds. In our little slice of El Paseo in downtown Santa Barbara you can get a melt-in-your-mouth burger and a craft beer or treat yourself to an elevated, multi-course dining experience prepared by Chef Brandon Cogan  in the subtle elegance of the Gold Rom. Local wines flow from kegs at Intermezzo and bottles of Odette Cabernet Sauvignon are opened table-side by attentive servers in Wine Cask.

You may think that these two spaces couldn’t be any more different but surprisingly, that is not at all the case. The two share a kitchen, a staff, a whole network of intricate delicacies and fine wines. It is what makes us unique. Combining the worlds of elegance and affordability are our specialty. We cater to the desires of a multitude of personalities, from those who want to make new friends over locally sourced craft cocktails to those who would rather have an intimate conversation over a bottle of fine wine.

Tastes and moods fluctuate and evolve with time and occasion, which is why we offer such unique options within the beloved historic El Paseo. Come by Intermezzo after a show across the way at the Lobero theater, then come enjoy dinner by the fire with good friends and great drinks in the Gold Room or under the warm spring sky on our Mediterranean courtyard another day.

Whatever your mood, Wine Cask and Intermezzo satisfy.