On the Rocks: Raspberry-Tangelo Spritzer

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!


1 shot of raspberry flavored vodka

Tiny splash of your favorite raspberry liquor

Fresh raspberries

1/2 tangelo

Lime wedge


*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: Prickly Pear

December 14

Happy Friday! This holiday-inspired cocktail incorporates some of my favorite fall flavors: rosemary, spice, and pears. I love how the entire cocktail gets infused with flavor from the oh-so-pretty rosemary stirrer. Enjoy!


1 1/2 shot of Absolute Pear vodka

Small splash of St. Germain

Heavy splash of pear juice

Lemon wedge


*Squeeze lemon wedge into martini shaker and add the rind. Add vodka, St. Germain, and pear juice and shake well over ice. Strain into a martini glass and top with a champagne float. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and voila!

-XOXO Melissa

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Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Recipe & Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On The Rocks: Mudslide Milkshake

October 26

TGIF! As a bride-to-be, I am currently on a ruthless diet, and am often dreaming about the gluttonous foods and drinks that I would love to scarf down–this luscious libation is definitely at the top of my list! You better believe that I will be whipping some of these bad boys up on one of my cheat days!–totally worth every calorie. Enjoy!

Perhaps a crumbly biscotti for dipping and sipping? Yes please!

You will need:

A blender

Baileys Irish Cream



Chocolate Syrup

Vanilla ice cream (I prefer french vanilla for this recipe)

*You really can’t go wrong with these ingredients as far as measuring goes. Some people like their milkshakes super chocolate-y and others want them extra thick. Add all ingredients in a blender, taste and add more of whatever you wish, and enjoy!

-XOXO Melissa

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On the Rocks: Iced Green-Tini

October 11

TGIF! I love green tea–especially when it’s iced with a touch of mint…. So I figured what could be better than adding a bit of booze to the mix?! This would be great at a bridal shower or an alternative brunch cocktail. Cheers!


1 1/2 cup top shelf vodka

4 cups chilled green tea

Juice from 2 limes

1/4-1/2 cups raw granulated sugar (depending on sweetness preferred)

15-20 fresh mint leaves

*Add first four ingredients in a pitcher, stir well and chill for at least 30 minutes. Add fresh mint and serve on the rocks (do not chill with mint–it will become bitter). This will make one full pitcher with ice.

-XOXO Melissa

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On the Rocks: Dirty Dancing

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!


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: Sweet n’ Sour Apple-Tini

September 14

Happy Friday SB Chic readers!!! Is it just me or is this month flying by?! Today I have a fun-filled cocktail that is almost too pretty to drink (key word: ALMOST). I am not usually one for super sweet drinks, but every once in a while, it’s fun to have something a lil’ different. Cheers!


1 1/2 shot of plain vodka

1/2 shot of Apple Puckers

Tiny splash of St. Germain

Lime wedge (squeezed)


*Add all ingredients in a martini shaker, shake, strain, and serve. Don’t forget the pièce de résistance: a rock candy stirrer.

-XOXO Melissa

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On the Rocks: Peachy Keen

June 29

Santa Barbara has been so incredibly beautiful lately! Now that it’s finally Friday, I am so looking forward to eating al fresco this evening with one of these bad boys. I love summer because fresh peaches are everywhere and are absolutely scrumptious in cocktails. Enjoy!

cocktail recipes with peach

In a glass add ice, 1 shot of vodka, and a medium splash of homemade sweet n’ sour (directions below). Then add a small splash of peach schnapps. I prepared my peach puree by simply blending a whole peach along with a splash of peach juice (you can find it in any grocery store). Add a heavy splash of the puree to the rest of the ingredients. Shake well and serve on the rocks. If you want it to be a little less sweet, add a splash of soda.


Here’s that recipe:

~1 shot of vodka

~Medium splash of homemade sweet n’ sour

~Small splash of peach schnapps

~1 pureed peach

~Splash of peach juice

~Soda (optional)

Homemade Sweet n’ Sour Recipe:

~Equal parts simple syrup and lemon juice

*Add ingredients together and refrigerate

-XOXO Melissa

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Photographer: Tim Halberg