June 2020 Brunch Menu

For Pride Month, we read How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones.

Tapas Sangria Pancakes

"Our last night together in Barcelona, Esther and I went out for dinner. We ordered tapas and giggled every time she said 'sangrita,' even though she already knew it was called 'sangria' ... Holding hands across the table, we took turns letting the words pour out of us ... Our mothers are why we are here" (How We Fight for Our Lives p. 189).

Pancake Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup brandy or rum infused whole milk
  • 2 tbsps. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp.vanilla extract
  • cinnamon to taste


How to make the pancakes:

  1. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg, butter, and vanilla. Once well combined, fold in dry ingredients.
  3. Grease a skillet. Working in batches, drop batter by tablespoonfuls into the skillet and cook on medium heat. Cook until bubbles begin to appear and a few have popped then flip to finish cooking. Clean skillet and re-grease between batches. 

Sangria syrup ingredients:

  • 1 cup red wine (Tempranillo recommended)
  • 1 cup brandy or rum
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 star anise pods
  • 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-inch slice of fresh ginger
  • 2 navel oranges (peeled, halved)
  • 1 lime (peeled, halved)
  • 1 granny smith apple (cored, diced large)
  • 1 peach (sliced, pit removed)
  • berries to taste (optional)

How to make the syrup:

Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced until about 1/3 of the original amount and thick and syrupy. About 15 minutes. Let cool and then strain.



Espresso Martini


"My coffee maker had its own alarm clock, clicking itself awake fifteen minutes before me, and three hours before first period. Moving, but still not awake exactly, I'd walk across my studio apartment, the smell of coffee wafting around me, and pour myself the first of two cups." (How We Fight for Our Lives p. 147).

Cocktail ingredients:

  • 1oz espresso or coffee liqueur (like Kaluha)
  • 1oz vodka
  • 1oz fresh espresso or coffee concentrate

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice until chilled and serve.