In the first week of August of every year, Santa Barbara celebrates Old Spanish Days Fiesta! It is a time when the town remembers its heritage and history. It has always been my favorite time in Santa Barbara. I began to be involved as a flower girl when I was seven and later danced flamenco in a company for many years. I was so lucky to be able to dance on the Mission steps, in the Courthouse Sunken Gardens and at in front of the de La Guerra Plaza where my ancestors once resided. I loved going to the parade, which is the largest equine parade in the United States and of course going to the Rodeo. Along with the dancing and horses, fiesta is not complete without good food and a margarita.
Here is a Santa Rosa Plum Margarita that was just featured in the Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy responsibly! Viva la Fiesta!
Santa Rosa Plum Margarita
1 cup of sugar
4 plums halved and pitted (Preferably Santa Rosa Plums)
1 cup of water
Bring sugar, plums and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and let stand for 20 mins. Strain and let cool. Pour in an airtight jar and it will last up to 5 days in a fridge.
1.5 cups of Plum Simple Syrup
12 oz. of a Tequila- I recommend Patron
1.5 cups of Fresh Lime juice and some wedges for a garnish
Combine syrup, tequila, and lime juice in a pitcher. Pour salt onto a small plate. Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge, fill cup with ice and pour margarita mixture over the ice. Garnish with the lime.
Photographs by Lauren Ross