On the Rocks: Washington Apple Martini

Melissa
April 05

TGIF! Kelly and I have been hard at work putting together some fabulous details for my upcoming wedding (only two weeks away!) and it’s about time for a cocktail. I’m not a huge fan of SHOTS but I do love a good ol’ Washington Apple shooter, so I figured….why not make it into a martini?!

I stuck with a traditional Washington Apple recipe since I didn’t feel there was anything else needed. It turned out to be even more delicious as a yummy “sipper” rather than taking back a shot in one big gulp. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 shots Crown Royal Whiskey

1/2 shot Apple Puckers

Heavy Splash of cranberry juice

*Shake with ice and serve up!

-XOXO Melissa

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Blackberry Salty Dog

Melissa
March 22

Can you believe this go-go-gorgeous weather we’ve been having?! I am counting down the hours until I can enjoy one of these bad boys with the beau on our deck…..I LOVE me a good ol’ salty dog and the addition of blackberries brings this cocktail to another level. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 shots of vodka

4-6 fresh blackberries

Grapefruit juice (get fancy and make it fresh, totally worth it!)

Lime wedge

Kosher Salt

*Muddle blackberries and lime wedge in a flat-surfaced glass (extract oils from lime rind), add vodka and fill with grapefruit juice. Serve on the rocks with a salted rim.

-XOXO Melissa

 

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Coconut-Lime Mojito

Melissa
March 08

Happy Friday SB Chic readers! The weekend could NOT have come sooner for me, and today we are mixing up one of my all-time-fav concoctions-a mojito! I LOVE coconut, but some of the coconut mojitos I’ve had frankly taste like sunscreen…but this recipe is fresh, light, and absolutely delightful!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 shot clear rum

Tiny splash of simple syrup

Lime wedge

Fresh mint leaves

Splash of coconut milk

Lemon-lime soda (aka Sprite)

Soda

*Add lime wedge, 7-10 mint leaves, simple syrup, and coconut milk into a glass (note: you can find canned coconut MILK pretty much anywhere–which is different than coconut water). Muddle these ingredients and make sure to extract the oils from the lime rind, and try not to massacre the mint (muddle gently–the last thing you want is mint stuck in your teeth). Add ice, rum, fill with lemon-lime soda, and top with a splash of club soda. Give a good shake and serve on the rocks.

-XOXO Melissa

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Raspberry-Tangelo Spritzer

Melissa
February 28

TGIF! It feels great to be back after a brief hiatus…wedding planning is in full-swing and Kelly and I are working on some pretty amazing stuff for the big day. In the meantime, I’ve mixed up a fantastic batch of luscious libations that I think you will enjoy. First up: this light and refreshing spritzer is deliciously tart, and super pretty!

I think FRESH citrus is the key to any tasty cocktail…and the mix of lime juice, raspberries, and tangelo juice is perfection!

Ingredients:

1 shot of raspberry flavored vodka

Tiny splash of your favorite raspberry liquor

Fresh raspberries

1/2 tangelo

Lime wedge

Soda

*Muddle fresh raspberries and lime wedge in flat-surfaced glass, add vodka and raspberry liquor, squeeze the juice from the tangelo (watch out for seeds), and top with soda. Garnish with a tangelo twist and voila!

-XOXO Melissa

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Chocoletto

Kelly
February 13

This week we’re getting our cocktail on early (who else is excited that this is a long weekend?) and I have one more spiked hot chocolate idea that I’m calling the Chocoletto. To make it you need:

- glass of your favorite hot cocoa

- 1 shot of amaretto

- 1/2 shot tres leches

Garnish with some shaved chocolate and enjoy!

Photographer: Anna Costa

On the Rocks: Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate

Kelly
February 08

With Valentine’s Day just on the horizon, how about a spicy dark hot chocolate (this one by Jessica Foster) spiked with Cointreau to share with your beau?

Simply mix up your favorite hot cocoa and add a one shot of  Cointreau for a burst of orange flavor. Garnish with a marshmallow and orange twist. Enjoy!

And more chocolate and Valentine’s Day goodness can be found right here:

A mid-century hot chocolate bar

A pop up chocolate shop by Elizabeth Colling is coming to Santa Barbara!

Chocolate ice cream float with eggnog

A DIY valentine’s day table

A French Chocolate & Blue inspiration board

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies stuffed with caramel

The art of handmade truffles

Mudslide Milkshake

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

 

Photographer: Anna Costa

Entertaining: Mid-Century Inspired Hot Chocolate Bar with Jessica Foster Confections

Kelly
February 04

You all know how much I love Jessica Foster’s truffles (remember this editorial?) and now she’s offering hot chocolate bars for weddings and events. With Valentine’s day around the corner I thought it would be fun to show two different ways you could style a hot chocolate bar. This version, is my “manly” version, lots of brass, decanters and, of course, vintage 60′s glasses. (And yes, there will be cocktail ideas with hot chocolate, check back on Friday for those ideas).

Vintage heart shape plates from Tricia Fountaine, layered with mid-century glassware and of course a few of Jessica’s truffles make for one delicious looking plate.

For this setup, Jessica made a spicy dark hot chocolate and we kept it warm in a copper round chaffing dish from Town & Country Event Rentals.

And of course what hot chocolate bar would be complete without marshmallows? These are made by Jessica and are so light and airy they’re like eating a cloud. Stay tuned for the “lady-like” version of a hot chocolate bar next Monday and of course cocktail ideas this Friday.