June Bonus Post: Fernet About It!

It’s time for another Blind Pig Blog bonus post.  We continue our series to celebrate The World Cup by raising our glass to the country of Argentina.  Argentina is known for its amazing soccer teams and one of the world’s most beloved and famous players — Lionel Messi.

While watching The Cup, we drink as the Argentinians do by sipping on a Fernet and Coke, which has been rumored to be one of Messi’s favs!

Fernet Branca is an all natural aromatic bitter or amaro.  Its highly herbal aroma and flavor comes from over 40 herbs, spices and roots which are gathered from 4 continents. Aloe ferox, chamomile, angelica, and saffron are just a few of the herbs and spices that make this unusual bitter. The original recipe was created in Italy in 1845, by Bernardino Branca and the family recipe is still a closely guarded secret to this day.

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Bartenders and mixologists love Fernet.  It is so popular within the service industry that it is called “The Bartender’s Handshake.”  If you offer to do a shot of Fernet with the bartender, you will be fast friends.

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The Argentinians love to drink a splash of Fernet with their Coca-Cola.  In fact, they like it so much that Fernet Branca built its only distillery outside of Milan in Argentina.   The strong flavor of the Fernet with its medicinal taste is not for everyone, but it is a taste that one can acquire.  The sweetness of Coke or Diet Coke definitely helps.

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To make a Fernet and Coke you fill a rocks glass with ice.  Add an ounce and half of Fernet Branca.  Top off the glass with Coke and enjoy.

Watching the World Cup this week?  Craig will definitely be watching and sipping on his favorite spirit — Fernet Branca. Give a Fernet and Coke a try and let us know what you think!

 

Disclaimer:  The beverage on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

 

 

From Russia with Love

There are a few things every four years that cause business as usual to come to a halt in The Blind Pig household.  You may or may not be aware that on Thursday, the 2018 World Cup commenced.  Since then, soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it, has been running on our TV almost 24/7.  Craig and Blind Piglet #2 are huge soccer fans, and don’t like to miss out on any of the action.  In honor of the World Cup, we are going to feature some cocktails with some World Cup flavor over the next few weeks.

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Since the World Cup is hosted by Russia this year, our first idea was to feature a Moscow Mule.  However, we feel that has probably already been done, so we made a little twist on the Moscow Mule to create the Watermelon Mule.  Whether you are a soccer fan, or your feet have never touched the pitch, the Watermelon Mule is a beverage that can be enjoyed by all.

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The Watermelon Mule is a great summer drink, and is easy, tasty and fresh.  Add 1.5 ounces of Seagram’s Watermelon Vodka to a rocks glass or mule mug.  Fill with ice.  Top off with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime juice.  Garnish with a wedge of watermelon and a lime.

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Watermelon Mule

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Watermelon Mule

The watermelon mule is a great twist on the traditional Moscow Mule. It makes a great summer drink.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Seagram's Watermelon Vodka
  • Ginger Beer (about 1/2 can or bottle)
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • lime wedge and watermelon wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour 1.5 ounces of Seagram's Watermelon Vodka in a rocks glass or mule mug.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of ice to glass.
  3. Top off with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime juice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of lime and wedge of watermelon.
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It’s refreshing.  It’s tasty.  It’s like summer in a mug!  Now you are ready to sit back and relax in your hammock or watch a World Cup match.

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We hope all of our favorite dads are having a wonderful Father’s Day.  We appreciate all loving fathers, and want to send a big cheers to our favs — Tom, John, Kirby, Alan, Ryan, Kregg, Chad, Todd, Chris, Jeff and Ken!

   

The White Negroni

We are wrapping up Negroni Week with a special beverage that makes the classical cocktail lovers happy, as well as those who prefer a drink that is less alcohol forward.  In this post we are also sharing some entertaining ideas to help you plan that special guy’s day cookout or get-together.

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The White Negroni debuts an aperitif that is new to us called Lillet. (Lillet, pronounced “Lee- Lay”, rhymes with “hey” not “Gillette”.  Rhonda mispronounced it and the kind man that works at Total Wine set her straight.)  Lillet is a French aperitif wine that comes from Bordeaux, France.  Oui, oui!  We noticed it smelled similar to white cooking wine when we first opened the  bottle.  We substituted Campari in our White Negroni with Lillet to lessen the bitter taste that you can get with Campari. Since Lillet is clear colored, it gives the drink a white hue, rather than the traditional red hue of the Italian Negroni.

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Note to self:  this drink is best stirred not shaken. To make the White Negroni you need 3/4 ounce of Malfy Con Limone Gin, 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/2 ounce Carpano Blanco.  You combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, stir and serve over ice.  Use a lemon or orange twist for garnish.  We chose to serve ours over a large cube of ice to give it a more sophisticated look.

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White Negroni

Ingredients

  • .75 ounce of Malfy Con Limone Gin
  • .75 ounce of Lillet Blanc
  • .5 ounce Carpano Bianco

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and stir.
  2. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a lemon or orange twist.
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Since the Lillet is easier on the palate than  Campari, this drink is a smoother than a typical negroni.  It can please all types of cocktail lovers that you may be entertaining.  Even Rhonda said that she could sip on the White Negroni!

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Because steaks, bacon, mac and cheese and savory cheeses pair nicely with negronis, the White Negroni or the Italian Negroni makes a great cocktail to serve your dad and guests for Father’s Day.  We joined in the latest trend by pairing ours with an easy to put together meat and cheese board.

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Will we see you sipping on an Italian Negroni or White Negroni at your next gathering?  We would love to hear about it if you do!  Follow us on Instagram @theblindpigblog for other great summer drinks and Father’s Day ideas.  Have a great weekend.

Disclaimer:  Drinks on this website are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

 

Italian Negroni

italian negroniHey friends, June 4th kicks off National Negroni week.   We have been saving our Italian Negroni just for this special occasion.  “Never tried a negroni,” you say.  If you are into classic cocktails, this week will be a real treat for you.

Negronis are said to have come about in Florence when an  Italian count suggested that the club soda in his Americano be replaced with gin. The key words in the above sentence are Italian and gin.  The negroni is an Italian creation.  Typically when most bartenders think of gin, they do not grab for an Italian gin.  To properly bring the negroni back to its original roots, we are pairing it with an all Italian cast.

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In our Italian Negroni we use 3 Italian liquors: Malfy Originale Gin (We told you about Malfy Limone in the Cucumber Gin Spritz.), Carpano Antica Vermouth (which we told you about in our Carpano Sangria recipe last summer), and Campari.  The Italian Negroni is a true classic cocktail with an aggressive taste profile.

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This recipe is so easy to make.  Pour 1 ounce of Malfi Gin, 1 ounce of Carpano Antica Vermouth, and 1 ounce of Campari into a rocks glass.  Garnish with an orange peel and ice.  We chose to use one of our ice spheres in our cocktail.

Italian Negroni

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Italian Negroni

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Malfy Orginale Gin
  • 1 ounce Carpano Antica Vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass.
  2. Garnish with an orange peel and add ice.
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This cocktail is a great beverage to serve dads on Father’s Day, or for a guys’ night out.  Let us know if you try it out!

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Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.