On the Rocks: Washington Apple Martini

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!


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

On the Rocks: Honey Plum Smash

November 08

It’s Friday and you know what that means…..cocktail hour! Today we have a delicious bourbon treat that is sure to get you in the fall mood. Enjoy!

This cocktail was inspired by my blooming plum tree in my backyard…I love how pretty they look smashed with a lemon rind.

- 1 1/2 shots of Bourbon Whiskey
- Lemon Wedge
- 2 small fresh plums (from my tree)
- 1 tsp of honey
- Small splash of sprite
*Muddle lemon wedge (extract oil from rind) and plums in a flat-surfaced glass. Add honey, bourbon, and sprite and shake well. Serve on the rocks.
-XOXO Melissa
PS We added a new “On the Rocks” Category and broke down all the cocktails by liquor. Cheers, indeed!

On the Rocks: Ladylike Mint Julep

September 21

TGIF! I’m off to a wedding on Catalina Island this weekend and am feeling very ladylike today. How’s about a mint julep to sip on — who said whiskey can’t be a “chick drink”?!


2 dashes of bitters

1 tsp of maple syrup

1 1/2 shots of bourbon

Fresh mint

*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. This is a sipper–trust me!

-XOXO Melissa

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On The Rocks: Minty Whiskey Lemonade

January 20

TGIF! I look forward to this post every week because it just reminds me that it’s Friday and I will be able to enjoy a delicious cocktail in the near future . This is a libation for all of you whiskey drinkers out there that is pretty darn tasty…Kelly was a big fan. Enjoy!


~1 1/2 shots of your favorite whiskey

~Fresh lemon wedge

~Fresh mint leaves

~Heavy splash of homemade sweet n’ sour (directions below)

~Small splash of soda

*Muddle mint and lemon wedge (extract the oils from the rind). Add whiskey, sweet n’ sour, and splash of soda. Serve over ice.

Homemade sweet n’ sour


~Equal parts simple syrup and lemon juice (bottled works great!) 

*Add ingredients together and refrigerate

-XOXO Melissa

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On The Rocks: Hot Apple Toddy

December 16

It’s been chilly here in Santa Barbara and I’m always trying to find different ways to create spiked, hot concoctions. This particular delight is a classic with an added twist and is sure to make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Cheers!


   ~1 1/2 shots whiskey

~1 tsp honey

~Large lemon wedge

~Hot apple cider

~Cinnamon stick

*Add all ingredients and serve hot with a cinnamon stick to stir. (personally, I like to add a little extra lemon)


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