If a quick getaway is not a safe option this season, you can still power down and create your own piece of paradise without leaving your neighborhood. Here are three tips to melt the winter blues and turn on the holiday heat.
Cocktails With Your Pod
This seasonal sangria will keep things humming throughout the weekend.
Festive Pomegranate Sangria (pictured above)
- 1 bottle Rioja, or medium-bodied Spanish wine
- 12 ounces tangerine juice
- 8 ounces pomegranate juice
- ¼ cup apple juice
- 2 ounces brandy
- 1 cup club soda
- 2 medium apples, cored and diced
- 2 tangerines or mandarins, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- rosemary sprigs
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and chill for 6 hours or overnight. Before serving, check flavor. Add more apple juice or simple syrup for a sweeter drink or more tangerine juice for tartness. Add wine-soaked fruit and ice to each serving glass*; top with extra slices of citrus, pomegranate seeds and a sprig of rosemary.
*Note: By adding ice to the glass and not the pitcher, the sangria will remain full-flavored.
Recipe by Kara Mickelson
Saturday: Get Some Fresh Air
Dust off the bike and catch your breath in the great outdoors. After the year we’ve had, a little exercise and a change of scenery can go a long way. If you don’t own a bike, check out San Francisco-based Public Bikes for your new set of wheels. Something there for the entire family.
Sunday: Spa Day
Before the new week begins, take a day to unwind. These bliss-inducing offerings from California companies will transport and take the edge off.
Cloud Cotton Robe, $99 (pictured above)
Lounge like you mean it in this soft, light and luxurious robe from Venice-based Parachute. This super comfy robe features fluffy two-ply gauze, a snug waist tie and two hidden side pockets. Made from premium 100% long-staple Turkish cotton and designed to have a relaxed, comfortable fit.
Cloud Cotton Robe | Parachute
Restorative Gift Basket, $85 (pictured below)
A lidded gift basket crafted by Senegalese artisans [Fair Trade Federation] comes filled with goodies from the Santa Barbara Company. Includes a Seasonal Soy Candle, Steep Echo Olive Leaf Tea in Tend, Repose & Bloom, Lavender Linen Spray and Relax Bath Salts.
Restorative Gift Basket | The Santa Barbara Company
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