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Cozy Winter Menu: Warm Sangria and Orange Candied Pecans

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We moved to a ski resort in Northern Michigan for the year, and we’re soaking up all of our time in the great outdoors. Whether we’re sledding, skiing or just cozying up outside while we wait for more snow, I’ve been whipping up big batches of warm sangria and Orange Candied Pecans, made with Florida’s Natural® Brand Orange Juice.

WE ONLY USE FLORIDA’S NATURAL®

The holidays (and our lives) might look different this year, but one thing hasn’t changed – our family’s love of Florida’s Natural. We’ve been die-hard fans for years, and we still are!

Florida’s Natural® Brand Orange Juice is made from one simple ingredient—Florida oranges—giving it a straight-from-the-grove taste.

Click here to learn more about Florida’s Natural.

HOW TO MAKE EASY WARM SANGRIA

I love this recipe because it’s served warm (and I need all the warmth I can get in Northern Michigan this winter) and also because it’s so insanely easy to make.

In a medium saucepan, pour ½ cup Florida’s Natural, ¼ cup sugar and ½ cup water. Bring to a simmer. Add one bottle of dry red wine, ¼ cup of orange flavored liqueur, 4 lemon slices, 1 lemon slice stuffed with cloves and 4 apple slices. Stir over medium heat until mixture is hot, but don’t boil.

Discard the lemon and apple slices and pour sangria into four mugs. Serve hot and enjoy!

HOW TO MAKE ORANGE CANDIED PECANS

To go along with my warm sangria, I like to whip up a batch of Orange Candied Pecans. They’re fast to make, and they’re the perfect warm, sweet treat after an afternoon of playing outside.

Melt one tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of Florida’s Natural, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Stir constantly and bring to a simmer.

Add 1 ½ cups of pecan halves and stir. Cook until the pecans are a golden shade of brown and all of the orange juice is adhering to the pecans (about 5-6 minutes). Transfer pecans to parchment paper and spread out to cool before eating.

WANT TO ROUND OUT YOUR WINTER MENU? TRY THIS:

If you’re looking to make your winter snack a little more robust, I recommend serving the warm sangria for adults and preparing non-alcoholic Orange Juice Shooters for the kiddos, plus whip up an Orange Juice Pecan Cake – for something sweet.

The orange juice shooters are a huge hit with my kids (when made without the vodka, of course).

Click here for the full recipe.

And the Orange Juice Pecan Cake is one of my family’s favorites, and it has become a bit of a weekend tradition.

Click here for the full recipe.

THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT IS FLORIDA’S NATURAL® ORANGE JUICE

Whether we’re hosting an outdoor winter happy hour, cozying up by the fire after a day of sledding, or sitting outside and waiting for the snow, the most important ingredient in our winter recipes is Florida’s Natural Orange Juice.

One 8-ounce glass of their orange juice provides nearly two servings of whole fruit, as well as essential vitamins and minerals like folic acid, potassium—and your daily recommended dose of vitamin C.

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Warm Sangria Recipe


  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This warm sangria recipe is perfect for winter happy hours or feeling cozy by the fire. It’s easy to make and tates amazing.


Ingredients

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  • ½ cup Florida’s Natural orange juice 
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • ¼ cup orange flavored liqueur
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 1 lemon slice stuffed with cloves
  • 4 slices of apple
  • *optional cinnamon stick garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour Florida’s Natural orange juice, sugar and water into medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add dry red wine, orange liqueur, lemon and apple slices. Stir over medium heat until mixture is hot, but do not boil.
  3. Discard lemon and apple slices and pour Sangria into four mugs! Serve hot and enjoy!
  4. (Add optional cinnamon stick for garnish)
  • Category: Drinks
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Orange Candied Pecans Recipe


  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 0 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min

Description

This easy stovetop recipe for candied pecans tastes delicious – especially on cold winter afternoons.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Florida’s Natural orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cups pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet.
  2. Add Florida’s Natural orange juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to the mixture, stirring constantly to avoid overcooking.  Bring to a simmer. 
  3. Add pecans and continue to stir over medium heat. Cook until pecans are a golden shade of brown and all orange juice liquid is adhering to the pecans, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Transfer pecans to parchment paper and spread out to cool before eating.
  • Category: Snack

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