On The Rocks: Spring Fling

Kelly
March 22

It’s definitely feeling like spring (and even, possibly, summer) here in Santa Barbara and what better way to celebrate the season than with this blooming cocktail? I collaborated with Greg Brechbiel of Sama Sama Kitchen to create this pretty floral libation and  it was captured beautifully by Leela Cyd. I styled the shot with edible flowers, in this case, white cosmos. I love how its like the cocktail is wearing its own little floral corsage.

To mix up your own Spring Fling you’ll need:

2 oz bourbon

1/2 Lemon squeezed

1 whole strawberry muddled

1oz ginger beer

2 dash barrel aged bourbon bitters

Muddle strawberry, lemon juice, bourbon. in a martini shaker. Add ginger beer, bitters, ice, shake and strain. Server up in a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with an edible flower like cosmos.

Photography: Leela Cyd

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Mag

Bartender: Greg Brechiebel


On the Rocks + Weekend Links

Kelly
January 18

From the archives, this lady-like Mint Julep will no doubt keep you warm and snuggly especially given the unusual cold weather we’ve been having in Santa Barbara (and yes 40 degrees is cold, to me anyway). You can mix up this pretty lady with:

Ingredients:

2 dashes of bitters

1 tsp of maple syrup

1 1/2 shots of bourbon

Fresh mint

*In a martini shaker, muddle a few mint leaves, add bitters, maple syrup, and bourbon, shake well and serve up with a few mint leaves for garnish

And around the web, I’ve spied a number of tasty libations, here are a few of my favorites:

Cider Rum Punch via the Sweetest Occasion

El Calle Real via Mrs. Lilien

Orange Rosemary Spritz via Snippet & Ink

Champagne three ways via Could I Have that

Blood Orange Margarita via Annie’s Eats

And you can browse all the On the Rocks posts right here.

Photographer: Nancy Neil