Some Like It Hot

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The mercury rose very high this week in Dallas.  One day the temperature felt like it was over 114 degrees.  We love summer, but even that is a little too hot for us.  However, it did pose the perfect opportunity for us to share with you a new cocktail — Some Like It Hot!

We came up with the idea for this beverage when we were out to dinner one night and started up a conversation with the bartender.  He was telling us about his drink ideation projects, and we got on the subject of how trendy watermelon and jalapeno are right now.  The conversation got us thinking … we had Seagram’s Watermelon Vodka at home and plenty of fresh jalapenos in our backyard garden.  Thus a star was born!

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To make this delicious watermelon and spice flavored drink we followed the same recipe from our Jalapeno Popper Margarita that we shared with you in the summer of 2017.  We replaced the tequila with Seagram’s Watermelon Vodka to give the drink a refreshingly, summery, watermelon flavor.

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Some Like It Hot

Yield: 1

Some Like It Hot

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces of Seagram's Watermelon Vodka
  • .75 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .75 ounce of agave nectar
  • 1 fresh jalapeno sliced and seeded
  • watermelon for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add lime juice and jalapenos to shaker.
  2. Muddle together.
  3. Add agave nectar and vodka.
  4. Top with ice and shake for 15 seconds.
  5. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with jalapeno slices and cubes of watermelon.
https://theblindpig.blog/2018/07/27/some-like-it-hot/

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Try Some Like It Hot and let us know what you think?  What have you been doing to stay calm and cool during these hot days of summer?

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Summertime Appetizer: Tequila Ceviche

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It seems that we just talked, since we sent out our July Bonus Post only days ago.  We have a great appetizer that we have been dying to share with you.  Tequila Ceviche is the perfect summertime appetizer. You don’t need to cook or turn on the oven and it is a crowd pleaser.  We are huge fans of Gloria’s, which is a small local chain in the Dallas area that features fine Salvadorian, Tex-Mex, and Mexican food.  They have amazing ceviche there, and it is one of our favs.  Now we have a quick fix for nights that we are staying in.

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This recipe is easy, tasty, and fresh.  It will soon win you over as your fall back take and share appetizer.  It is a great app for GNO’s (Girls’ Nights Out) because it is local.

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To start, we bought one pound fresh cooked shrimp from the seafood counter at our local Kroger.  You can also buy uncooked shrimp and devein and cook it yourself.  Let’s face it, people, who really likes to devein those little crustaceans?  Gross!  We skip all of that by purchasing the deveined cooked shrimp.  The first step is to remove the tails from the shrimp and chop the shrimp into little pieces.

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Next place fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice and 1 ounce of tequila in a bowl.  Add the shrimp to the bowl, salt, cover and place in refrigerator for about an hour.

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Next prepare tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and cilantro by dicing into little pieces.  Shortly before serving, dice up 1-2 avocados and add to the other vegetables.

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Drain shrimp and then combine shrimp and veggies.  Add pepper, garlic powder, and coriander and combine well.  Chill until ready to serve.

Serve with chips or tostadas.  What a yummy and quick appetizer.

Tequila Ceviche

Tequila Ceviche

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh cooked deveined shrimp
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce of premium tequila
  • 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1-2 avocados diced
  • 4 green onions diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. coriander

Instructions

  1. Chop shrimp into small pieces.
  2. Combine lime juice, lemon juice and tequila in a bowl. Add shrimp and marinate in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients together.
  4. Drain shrimp and add to other ingredients.
  5. Season with pepper, garlic powder, and coriander.
  6. Chill until ready to serve.
  7. Serve with chips or tostadas.
https://theblindpig.blog/2018/07/21/summertime-appetizer-tequila-ceviche/

We served this appetizer on the Fourth of July and a couple of times since.  It has been a hit each time.

What is your favorite go-to appetizer when you are in a pinch?

It has been so HOT in Texas lately, which has us thinking…. Some like it hot.  Do you? Check back with us next week to see what HOT stuff we have to share.  Some of you may have noticed that you are added to our new email list.  Keep referring our post to friends and family.  We would love to have them become part of our Blind Pig Blog following.

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Bonus Post: World Cup Fever Recap

The World Cup is over and Rhonda can once again watch TV when she wants — ha ha– not really! For our bonus post this week we are going to share a recap of our World Cup Fever Series.

From Russia with Love: Watermelon Mule

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Fernet About It:  Fernet and Coke

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Salud Mexico:  Paloma

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Soup of the Day: Gin and Tonic

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French 75

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Whether you are a soccer fan or not, we hope you had fun taking a little trip around the world with us as we celebrated popular cocktails from other nations.

  

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.

World Cup Fever: French 75

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Today we are sharing our final post in our series for the World Cup.  Three fifths of The Blind Pig household was in mourning after the England/Croatia match up this week.  We were hoping that we would be sharing another version of a gin and tonic with you for our finale post.  However, for those of you that do not follow World Cup soccer, France and Croatia made it into the finals.

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Photo by Blind Piglet #2.  He’s such a great photographer!

The Blind Pig family are fans of the French.  We visited France in 2015 had a wonderful experience.  You gotta love those Nutella crepes!

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Since we do not know of any great Croatian cocktails to share with you, which we are sure there are many, we are going to share the French 75 with you this week.  The French 75, or also known as Soixane Quince by the French,  is an easy, tasty, and fresh recipe that is made with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and sparkling white wine.  It is the perfect drink to serve as a refreshing summer beverage or after dinner with a dessert.  Beware, since the drink is mainly gin and sparkling wine, it can sneak up on you quickly.

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French 75

Yield: 1

French 75

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces of gin
  • 4.5 teaspoons of simple syrup
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • prosecco or champagne

Instructions

  1. Fill shaker with ice.
  2. Add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Shake for 15 seconds.
  4. Pour into a champagne flute.
  5. Top off with champagne or prosecco.
  6. Garnish with lemon rind.
https://theblindpig.blog/2018/07/14/world-cup-fever-french-75/

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Will you watch the World Cup finals on Sunday or will you just have a French 75 and call it a day?  Give it a try.  We would love to know what you think about it.

  

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.

Soup of the Day: Gin and Tonic

Happy weekend, friends!  We hope that your July 4th was festive and fun.  We kept the holiday low key by staying close to home and hanging out with our good friends, Dawnette and John, on the back patio.  We had great food and great cocktails, but we are not talking about those today.  Today we are again commemorating the World Cup! (Yes, it is still going on for those of you who are not soccer fans. ;)) Did you see the amazing game between England and Colombia the other day?  It was a crazy combination of fitness, drama, skill and a wrestling match.  England came out on top, so today we are tipping our hats to the English and saying, “Cheers,” with their preferred cocktail of a Gin and Tonic.

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So if the word gin freaks you out and makes you think only serious drinkers would partake, let us be the first to dispel that myth.  A gin and tonic is actually quite a light and refreshing drink.  If you are not a fan of sweet drinks, try out a gin and tonic.  It has a dry crisp taste, and the tonic water gives it a bubbly freshness.  You can add a little flavor with your favorite fresh garnish.

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The basic gin and tonic is made with 1.5 ounces of gin poured over ice in a rocks glass.  Top off with tonic water, and garnish to your liking.  We garnished ours with blueberries, strawberries and fresh mint from our garden.  By adding any fresh fruit or herbs as an addition to this cocktail you can tailor it for any season or occasion.

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You may have noticed that we went with the Q drinks Indian Tonic Water for our cocktail.  We introduced you to Q drinks in our post about the Paloma.

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Gin and tonics are great for social situations.  At your next gathering create a gin and tonic bar.  Have various favors of tonic water available, such as, lemon, grapefruit, cranberry, lemonade and more.  Provide various fresh fruits and herbs for garnish and let your friends do the rest!

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Whether you are watching the England play Sweden tomorrow or you just want to relax in your hammock in the backyard, try out a gin and tonic and raise a little toast to our friends across the pond!

  

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.