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!
1 1/2 shot clear rum
Tiny splash of simple syrup
Fresh mint leaves
Splash of coconut milk
Lemon-lime soda (aka Sprite)
*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.
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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!
1 shot of raspberry flavored vodka
Tiny splash of your favorite raspberry liquor
*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!
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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!
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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.
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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:
Blood Orange Mimosa
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!
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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:
2 dashes of bitters
1 tsp of maple syrup
1 1/2 shots of bourbon
*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.
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