Drinks

Haus Sangria

glass of sangria with orange slice, red sangria pitcher in background

 

Everyone please give a round of applause for this recipe, as it hails all the way from my homeland…New Jersey!  I have to admit, I tried it for the first time in Ohio when my Jersey-native friend Kristen blessed us with her mom’s sangria one fine evening, and let me tell you…this baby packs a delightful punch (as we soon found out)!

Now, if we could all take a moment to bow our heads and give some hella thanks to the NeiderHAUS (ahhhh see what I did there?) family for bestowing this sangria upon our lives.  I can now die happy…and sufficiently buzzed 🙂 

But for real, make this for any outdoor gathering and you’ll be MVC (most valuable contributor)!  And to make matters even better, this recipe is oh-so-easy.  The key is to get high quality orange juice.  You can freshly squeeze it yourself, or buy a 100% juice with oranges as the only ingredient listed.

 

ingredients for red sangria laying out on white table

 

Where you can save some cash money is on the liquor.  No need to go for top shelf liquor, a decently priced brandy, triple sec, and wine will do the trick.  I like to use the Costco Kirkland brand Cabernet because it gets you some serious bang for your buck!

Another key to help increase flavor is to let the liquors soak in fruit before adding wine and serving.  What I typically do is this…

  1. The morning of, chop up your fruit and add to a tupperware pitcher or large container.
  2. Take equal parts (i.e. 1 cup) brandy, triple sec, orange juice, and pour in with the fruit.  Stir and let sit in fridge.
  3. Before serving, transfer to a large pitcher and mix in wine.

 

fruit in pitcher soaking in alcohol with wine bottle in background
Fruit soaking in brandy, triple sec, and orange juice.

 

Can I make this sangria with white wine?

Absolutely!  Keep everything else the same, just substitute red for white.  Pinot Grigio is a great option for white!

Does it matter what fruit I use?

I’d say to go for whatever fruit makes you happy!  I think orange slices complement the OJ nicely (and they look pretty), I love strawberries, and apples are inexpensive.  

Now that my sangria brain is firing on all cylinders…you could do a Caribbean vibe and go with some kiwi, mango, or pineapple with a white sangria (ohhhh that sounds yummy)!

If I take this to someone else’s house, I usually bring a double batch in my serving pitcher, and then fill a tupperware pitcher with fruit and liquor, and then my extra bottle of wine in tow.  You know…for refills!

I hope you guys have as much fun making this as you do drinking it…enjoy!

 

glass of red sangria with orange slice and apple chunks

 

 

glass of sangria with orange slice, red sangria pitcher in background
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Haus Sangria

A red wine Sangria filled with fruit, brandy, triple sec, and high quality orange juice!  Great to bring to any backyard party, and sure to get the party started! 
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fruit, liquor, red, sangria
Servings: 8 people
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup high quality orange juice
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 5 strawberries cut in half, stems removed

Instructions

  • Chop all of your fruit and add it to a large pitcher.
  • Pour in brandy, triple sec, and orange juice.  Let the liquors and OJ soak in the fruit until ready to serve.
  • Once ready to serve, stir in wine.  Now your sangria is ready to enjoy!
Drinks

Cold Brew Crack

glass of cold brew with a straw, next to cashews, almonds, and coffee grinds

 

I have to admit, this might be one of the most addicting drinks on the planet for us coffee lovers out there!  Woohoo…throw ‘em up if you love caffeine!  

Most days I drink my coffee black in order to avoid any extra processed sugar or fat…because if I’m being honest, I’m really just trying to get a good buzz going in the AM.  Although, sometimes when I’m feeling wild I may add a little almond milk or coconut milk with cinnamon…because YUM. 

Thus the idea of a healthy cold brew that incorporated my favorite flavors to mix with coffee!  And let me tell you…FREAKING.JACKPOT.  This cold brew came out so so delicious, and gets the job done without all the added junk.  All the ingredients used are natural and healthy for you!  

 

cold brew in a glass with straw, next to a carafe filled with cold brew

 

Here’s what this Cold Brew Cack can do for you…

  • Almonds: healthy fats, fiber, and protein
  • Cashews: promotes healthy cholesterol (HDL), high mineral content, and protects against high blood pressure
  • Dates: fiber, antioxidants, and improved digestion
  • Cinnamon: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and improve insulin sensitivity
  • Vanilla: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant
  • Coffee: increase energy, protect against cirrhosis of the liver, and fiber

So pretty much a super yummy, energy boosting, elixir without the taste of black coffee…could this be the world’s most perfect drink?!

This recipe is extremely easy to make, and the best part is that you can bottle it and store it in the fridge for the week!  AKA YUMMY COFFEE 2GO.  The only thing you need is a nut milk bag (or fine strainer), and a blender!

Start by brewing a large pot of coffee.  While that’s brewing, take almonds, salted cashews, dates, cinnamon, and vanilla, and add to a blender.  Pour your hot coffee into the blender and let sit, until it gets to room temp.

 

blender with cashews, almonds, dates, vanilla extract, and cinnamon

 

This helps the nuts to soak up the coffee flavor and to allow their nutrients to be more readily available.  The soaking process can take up to an hour, or overnight.  It’s totally up to you and the time you have available!

Once ready, blend all ingredients on high until everything is mixed together.  Take coffee mixture and run through a nut milk bag or fine strainer over a large bowl to remove food chunks.  The liquid that remains in your bowl can then be divided up into individual bottles or a large carafe/pitcher!

 

glass of cold brew with a straw

 

If this is something you decide to make on a regular basis, I would definitely look into getting a nut milk bag, as its super easy to use for large batches.  Here is the one I use for my Cold Brew Crack at home!

 

 

Once your cold brew is made and chilled, serve at a brunch, or bottle and enjoy throughout the week!

 

cold brew in a glass bottle with a straw, next to coffee grinds, and nuts

 

Cold Brew Crack

A healthy and delicious cold brew made with black coffee, nuts, and cinnamon for extra flavor. No added sugar, gluten free, and super flavorful!
Prep Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: almond, brew, cashew, cinnamon, coffee, cold
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

  • 6 cups coffee black
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews
  • 3 dates pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Brew 6 cups of black coffee.
  • While coffee is brewing, add remaining ingredients into a blender.
  • Once coffee is done brewing, pour into blender with rest of ingredients.  Let sit and cool to room temp.  This allows the coffee to cool, and for the nuts to soak.
  • Once at room temp, turn blender on high and blend until all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Using a nut milk bag or fine strainer, pour coffee from blend through bag or strainer into a large bowl.  Set pulp aside, and pour cold brew into individual containers.  I use glass bottles that I can take to work with me in the mornings.
  • Store in fridge and drink throughout the week!