On the Rocks + Weekend Links

Kelly
January 18

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:

Ingredients:

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

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.

Photographer: Nancy Neil

On the Rocks: Melon Mojito

Melissa
June 22

It’s officially summer and you know what that means….MOJITOS! Mojitos are so delightfully refreshing and are always a crowd pleaser. Don’t like rum? Switch it up with some tequila or vodka instead! You simply can’t go wrong with these basic ingredients…

Add a small spoon-full of raw sugar into a flat-surfaced glass. Add 5-7 rinsed mint leaves and a lime wedge. Cut a melon into small cubes and add around 5 pieces—in this case, I used cantaloupe. Muddle together and make sure to extract oils from lime rind. Be sure not to over-muddle—just enough to get all of that tasty mint flavor and to slightly smash the melon cubes. Add 1 shot of clear rum, and ½ shot of coconut rum. Add ice and fill with club soda. Shake well and serve on the rocks.

Here’s the detailed recipe:

~1 ½ shot of clear rum

~1/2 shot of coconut rum

~Lime wedge

~Spoonful of raw sugar

~Fresh Mint

~Cubed cantaloupe

~Club soda

XOXO-Melissa

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

Photographer: Tim Halberg
Produced for: Santa Barbara Chic