On the Rocks: Guava Sangria with a Touch of Sage

January 04

Happy 2013 Santa Barbara Chic readers! It’s great to kick off a New Year with one of my favorite concoctions — sangria! As I’ve said before, it’s a bit difficult to give an exact recipe because every sangria is different, and you should taste as you go adding more or less of your favorite ingredients. This winter-inspired guava sangria with a hint of sage is sure to impress. Enjoy!

Isn’t it so pretty?! I love the vibrant colors of the cranberries and sage together… And the fresh guavas (from Kelly’s humongous guava tree in her front yard) add such a lovely tropical flavor.

1 bottle of rose wine
1/2 cup cognac
1/2 cup pureed guava or any other type of tropical fruit
1/2 cup pear juice
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 cup sprite
Thinly sliced orange spheres
Boiled and strained cranberries
Fresh sage
*Add all ingredients in a pitcher, tasting as you go. Set fresh sage aside and serve as a garnish for each glass to achieve a hint of sage flavor in your sangria– sage can be quite potent (do not add it in the pitcher). Serve on the rocks.
-XOXO Melissa
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On the Rocks: White Sangria

February 24

Is it just me, or does this upcoming wedding season look like it’s going to be a busy one?! While all of you wedding mavens out there are winding down for the weekend, make a big pitcher of this sangria to enjoy with friends. It’s absolutely delicious and a definite crowd pleaser.


~1 bottle of white wine (for this I used Chardonnay)

~2 Fresh tangerines, juiced and sliced (any other form of citrus will do)

~1 can of diced pineapples in juice

-ruby red grapefruit juice

~Fresh fruit (in this case I used cherries and tangerines)



*It’s very hard to give exact measurements for a sangria recipe because I am constantly tasting it as I go, adding a lil’ something here and there (you really CANNOT mess it up). Above is the gist of what goes into my sangria with minor alterations depending on what is in season. Add all ingredients together in a big pitcher and keep tasting it throughout the mixing process. Note: do NOT skip the brandy…it will bring your sangria to another level. After mixing all ingredients, let sit for at least an hour in the fridge to marinate. Happy mixing!

-XOXO Melissa

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