On the Rocks: Raspberry-Champs Punch

Melissa
May 10

TGIF! This luscious libation is a great go-to crowd pleaser. It’s super easy to make in large batches and oh-so-tasty. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Champagne

Raspberry Liquor

Fresh Lemonade

Pineapple juice

*To make one cocktail, fill glass half way with champagne, add a tiny splash of raspberry liquor and pineapple juice, and fill with lemonade.

-XOXO Melissa

P.S. IF you were wondering, my wedding was INCREDIBLE and so so fun! I can’t wait to share details with you soon!

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

Champagne Dreams + Weekend Links

Kelly
February 01

Its superbowl weekend, and while I may not know who’s playing, that’s not gonna stop me from (kind of) watching the game and enjoying some champagne waaay before happy hour.

A few possibilities, I’m thinking from the archives:

Champ-sicle

Blood Orange Mimosa

Ginger Sparkler

Bellini-tini

Pear Potion

And some links for your weekend, plus a bit about some projects I’m working on:

I visited Sunstone Villa this week to refresh my memory (I worked there before on this wedding with Elizabeth Messina) for an upcoming shoot with Flutter Mag & Michael Costa. Can you say Italy in Santa Ynez? Also, our “Escape to” editor, Cynthia is their new social media manager and is LIVING in the villa. Can you imagine? Also, we discovered a secret tower.

I joined Vine, twitter’s new video app. I’m not sure if I like it, but you can follow me (@kellyoshiro) if you’re into cute puppies and some behind the scenes sneak peeks. A great explanation of what Vine is, and how to use it, is here and here.

If you’re into watching bad movies and making fun of them, check out Birdemic. Truly the biggest train wreck of a movie I’ve ever seen.

I’m obsessed with two weddings from Snippet & Ink this week, classic black and white perfection with photos by Jose Villa & A Swedish summer wedding, hello dreamy!

Have a good weekend!


On the Rocks: Champ-sicle

Melissa
January 11

TGIF Indeed! It seems to me that there are many birthdays during the month of January (my own included) and I’m always trying to think up fun “party drinks”. What better way to drink champagne than to stick an ice-cold Popsicle in it?!

Not only do the popsicles keep the champagne nice and cold, they also melt and infuse the drink with tasty fruity flavor. For this champ-sicle, I used strawberry flavored Popsicles (strawberries + champagne = YUM!) Whether your guest choose to sneak bites of their Popsicle or simply use it as a chilly stirrer, I think I will name this THE birthday cocktail…Enjoy!

*Add your favorite flavored Popsicle into a glass of champagne and voila! Opt for a sugar-free pop and you have a “diet” drink–okay not really, but work with me here! :)

XOXO-Melissa

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

Photographer: Nancy Neil
Recipe & Mixology: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Frozen Blood Orange Mimosa

Melissa
August 24

Happy Friday SB Chic readers! There is nothing quite like a mimosa with brunch, and I’m always trying to think of new ways to amp up my favorite day-time cocktail. This recipe actually happened by accident: One day I wanted to make mimosas but only had sorbet…and I thought “I guess this could work like orange juice?” And guest what–they were DELICIOUS! I love how the blood orange gives this champagne cocktail an added dimension of flavor, and it stays cold for much longer than a basic mimosa. What could be better?!

Ingredients:

-Blood Orange Sorbet

-St. Germain

-Champagne

*Place one small scoop of sorbet into a champagne glass, add a tiny splash of St. Germain and fill with champagne. No need to stir!

And to see more “On the Rocks” cocktails ideas, go right here.

Photographer: Nancy Neil

On the Rocks: Pear Potion

Melissa
May 11

TGIF! I’m making a game plan because I’m driving down to my beloved hometown (Long Beach) this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day and my mom’s birthday-don’t worry Mom, I won’t mention what birthday it is…but it is definitely cause for celebration J

St. Germain has become my all-time favorite ingredient to add to cocktails. This elderflower liquor is powerfully delicious in taste and I simply adore its beautiful bottle… You can pretty much add it to anything for a punch of delectable flavor. For this weekend, we will definitely be drinking our fair share of champagne and since this recipe is such a crowd-pleaser, I think it will be what I’ll be mixing up for the fam. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Small splash of St. Germain (a little bit goes a long way)

Splash of pear juice

Fill with chilled Champagne (I prefer Prosecco)

Cheers!

XOXO,

Melissa

And to see even more On the Rocks cocktail ideas they’re right here.

Photographer: Tim Halberg

One The Rocks: Ginger Sparkler

Melissa
February 10

It’s been quite a week! I have a lot of reason to celebrate during the next couple of days…I just got engaged during my recent vacation to SF with the beau. Since we’ll be popping bottles left and right with friends and family this weekend, I like to always put a little spin on a glass of yummy champagne. Now, while I would never add fixins to a fine glass of sparkling wine, this cocktail is absolutely delicious when you have an “affordable” (aka cheap) bottle that needs a little umph. Let the celebration begin! Cheers.

Ingredients:

~Champagne or sparkling wine (I fancy Prosecco for this particular drink)

~1 thin sliver of peeled, raw ginger

~Raw sugar (to taste)

~Small splash of ginger beer (buy the good stuff…trust me)

*In a flat-surfaced cup or martini shaker, muddle ginger with raw sugar and add a splash of ginger beer. Mix either by swirling glass around or with spoon and poor into a champagne glass. Fill with champagne and enjoy!

-XOXO Melissa

And to see even more On the Rocks cocktail ideas they’re right here.

Photographer: Tim Halberg
Jewelry: 33 Jewels

On The Rocks: Bellini-Tini

Melissa
January 13

It’s Friday and the perfect excuse to have a tasty cocktail after a hard week (who needs an excuse though…honestly). This brightly-colored treat is very simple and offers wonderful fruity flavors without having to buy or chop actual fruit. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

~ 1 shot of Peach flavored vodka

~ 1/2 shot of Peach Schnapps

~ Heavy splash of peach juice (I use the canned stuff)

~ Small splash of pineapple juice

~ Grenadine (for color)

~ Champagne

*Add vodka, peach schnapps, peach juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine and shake with ice. Serve in martini glass and top with a champagne float.

-XOXO Melissa

And to see even more On the Rocks cocktail ideas they’re right here.

Photographer: Tim Halberg
Jewelry: 33 Jewels