On the Rocks: Lemongrass Fizz

Melissa
October 18

Happy Friday SB Chic readers. I went to the lemon festival last Sunday and was majorly inspired for today’s post. Lemongrass is such an accessible and easy ingredient to incorporate into a cocktail, but I rarely see it used. Not only does it double as a trusty stirrer, the aroma and subtle flavor is oh-so-delightful! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Lemongrass-infused simple syrup (directions below)

Lemon wedge

1 1/2 shot of top-shelf gin

Soda

*Squeeze lemon wedge into a glass, add a small splash of lemongrass-infused simple syrup, gin, and a heavy splash of soda. Shake well and serve on the rocks with a twist and lemongrass stalk.

Lemongrass-infused simple syrup ingredients:

Equal parts granulated sugar and water

1 lemongrass stalk

*Bring water to a boil and add sugar. Take off heat and once sugar has completely dissolved, add lemongrass. I find that it helps to cut the stalks into 1-2 inch pieces, and smash to allow all of the flavor to get released into the simple syrup. Let sit for an hour, strain, and voila!

-XOXO Melissa

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On the Rocks: Dirty Dancing

Melissa
October 05

Happy Friday SB Chic readers! As I sit here, counting down the hours until cocktail hour….I’m reminiscant about nights out with girlfriends, and how this handy little libation came to be one of our go-to cocktails. As you may know, my absolute favorite cocktail of all time is a classic dirty martini (extra dirty, extra olives). BUT, this isn’t always the most practical drink to make or order out. Dancing with a martini in hand is never a good idea with the constant spillage, and ordering a dirty martini in a dive bar just seems silly. So….my lady pals and I devised a solution to this problem with this super easy cocktail that has all the beloved dirty martini flavor–without the inconvenience or hoity-toity-ness. So dance away!

Ingredients:

2 shots of top shelf vodka or gin

1/2 shot olive juice

Tiny splash of dry Vermouth (optional)

Splash of soda

*Add all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice, shake well and serve on the rocks with a couple of olives–if ordering from a bar or restaurant, order a “dirty martini on the rocks, with a splash of soda”

-XOXO Melissa

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On the Rocks: Dirty Martini

Melissa
June 15

This might be surprising, but my absolute favorite cocktail in the whole wide world is one of the most simple…a dirty martini. They are so unbelievably delicious and have a refined simplicity that I simply adore. While it may seem that I’m always doing new, fancy cocktails with different fruits, herbs, and what-have-you–I can honestly say that this is my favorite concoction in my entire cocktail repertoire. With the added “pizzazz” of a gorgonzola-stuffed olive, this is the perfect cocktail to make this Father’s Day weekend. Cheers!

Take a pinch of gorgonzola cheese (or your favorite bleu cheese) and stuff a martini olive by hand (you may have to remove the pimento if your local market doesn’t carry un-stuffed olives).

In a chilled martini glass, add a small splash of dry vermouth and swirl it around to lightly coat the glass (I personally prefer my martinis bone dry and skip this step). In a martini shaker, add 2 shots of your favorite top shelf vodka or gin and a splash of olive juice. Shake with ice and serve up with your gorgonzola-stuffed olives—I definitely suggest making extra olives, trust me.

I’m literally counting down the hours until I can go home and make one of these for myself and the beau. Happy Father’s Day!

-XOXO Melissa

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On the Rocks: Juniper Cooler

Melissa
May 18

This weather has been a-mazing and it serves as great inspiration for fruity libations that get me in the summer spirit. I actually don’t like cucumbers (strangely enough), but I LOVE LOVE LOVE them in cocktails…I know it makes no sense, but it’s the truth! They are so refreshing and offer a lovely subtle addition to any adult beverage. Today’s tasty treat is incredibly delicious and so darn pretty! Like almost all of my recipes, try it with your favorite liquor—today I’m paying homage to the gin fans out there. Enjoy!

Cut ¼ cucumber in small cubes and do the same with 2-3 strawberries. Add 2 dashes of bitters.

Lightly muddle–just enough to extract some flavor while still some-what maintaining the fruit’s cube-like shape. Then add a heavy splash of soda and 1 ½ shots of your favorite Gin. Give a good shake, serve over ice and garnish with a cucumber sphere.

Mmm… And here’s the complete recipe:

Ingredients:

¼ cubed cucumber

2-3 cubed strawberries

2 dashes of Bitters

Heavy Splash of soda

½ shots of Gin

XOXO,

Melissa

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Photographer: Tim Halberg
Produced for: Santa Barbara Chic

On the Rocks: Chilled Cherry Limeade

Melissa
April 27

Happy Friday SB Chic readers! The sun is finally shining so I’m excited to be able to sit outside this afternoon with a cocktail and the beau. I think I’ll be making this tasty treat that seems to always hit the spot when I’m craving something on the sweeter side.

Cut a lime in half and squeeze the juice of the entire lime into a glass, leaving aside one small wedge.

Add the lime wedge, a tiny pinch of sugar, 2-3 maraschino, and a heavy splash of the maraschino cherry juice in a glass/martini shaker.

Muddle together and make sure to extract the oils from the lime rind.

Add 1 ½ shots of your favorite vodka (or gin) and a heavy splash of tonic water. Give a good shake, and serve on the rocks and garnish with a lime and cherry.

Ingredients:

-lime

-3 maraschino cherries

-pinch sugar

-maraschino juice

- 1 ½ vodka or gin

-splash of tonic water

Enjoy!

XOXO-Melissa

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

Photographer: Tim Halberg

On The Rocks: Tangelo Tonic

Melissa
September 02

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I love what citrus fruit does to a cocktail…it makes it fresh and has just the right acidity to take away some of the alcohol kick. I decided to use tangelos which were in season at the time, but the most exciting and delicious part is the homemade candied tangelo rind for garnish.

Ingredients:

   ~1 1/2 shots of top shelf gin (or vodka)

~1/2 of a tangelo rind

~Juice from half  of a tangelo

~Juice from half of a lime

~Tonic

~Candied Tangelo rind for garnish (directions below)

*Tear tangelo rind into semi-small pieces and muddle in glass to extract the natural oils in the rind, add gin/vodka, tangelo juice, lime juice, and fill with tonic. Served on the rocks.

Candied Tangelo Rind Garnish

Ingredients:

~1 cup of simple syrup

~1/2-1 inch strips of peeled tangelo rind

~Around a cup of cane sugar on plate

*Bring simple syrup to a boil, drop tangelo rind in pot, cover, and take off heat. Let sit covered for an hour or so. Remove rinds and roll around in sugar while still wet. Let them sit out to dry over night. After they are dried, roll around in sugar a second time. Vwala!

-XOXO Melissa

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Photographer: Tim Halberg

On the Rocks: Moscow Mule

Melissa
August 26

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Moscow Mules have become the new “it drink” and ironically, many people have no idea what’s in them. With a punch of fresh ginger and citrus, these libations are refreshing and super easy to make…plus they’ll make you feel uber trendy ;) Cheers!

Ingredients:

   ~1 1/2 shots of top shelf vodka or gin

   ~Juice from half of a lime

   ~2 thin, peeled ginger slices

   ~Splash of Soda

   ~Ginger Beer

*Crush and muddle ginger slices with lime juice, add ice, vodka, soda, and fill with ginger beer. Serve in a traditional copper tin mug or opt for a footed copper goblet as shown above.

-XOXO Melissa

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

Photographer: Tim Halberg