Easy Treats that will Trick Your Friends

We are headed South to Houston this weekend to watch Piglet #3 play some hockey.  It occurred to us that Halloween is quickly approaching.  Although much of Halloween centers around the candy that you will give to children at your front door, we decided to focus on some treats for the adults too.  Whether you are planning tricks or sticking close to home to hand out the treats, we have several posts that were created over the years that would make great treats.  These treats are so easy to make, you will trick your friends into thinking you spent all day in the kitchen!

Here are our top Blind Pig Halloween goodies.

Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn (3 Gold Stars– a Rhonda favorite!)

Bourbon Pumpkin Dump Cake

Butter Rum Caramel Fondue

Hard Cider Donut Holes

Kerrygold Caramel Shake

Spirited Chocolate Orange Bars

Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies

If you are looking for some fun Halloween themed cocktails to make.  Check out our post from last year — Six Great Drinks for Fall.

Make  one treat or all of these for the adults and enjoy some treats of your own as the witches and goblins come a knockin’.  Happy Halloween to all of our readers.  May your treat bags be full and your tricksters few. 😉  And may the pucks for the blue team make it in the net!!!!



Spice Up Your Life with a Spiced Fall Manhattan

This week we sent our oldest piglet out into the big wide world to seek her fortune!  We couldn’t be more proud of her guts and enthusiasm for life.  To commemorate her move to NYC we are sharing with you a Spiced Manhattan, as a toast to piglets leaving their home pigsties everywhere!

To make the Spiced Manhattan you need to do a little pre-planning.  The Carpano Antica Vermouth that you add to make the Manhattan simply fabulous will need to be infused for a day or two before mixing your cocktail.  Take a cup of Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth and add 3-4 strips of orange zest, a slice of fresh ginger, 3 allspice berries, 3-4 whole cloves, a handful of fresh or frozen cranberries, and 3 ounces of spiced rum.  Place in a glass container and infuse in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

After you have infused your vermouth, make a Manhattan as usual.  You need your favorite whiskey, spiced vermouth, dash of angostura bitters, orange or lemon peel and Luxardo cherries for garnish. Shake or stir and enjoy!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for Spiced Fall Manhattan.

This take on the classic Manhattan is perfect for serving at holiday gatherings. It has the traditional cocktail (that we all love), but is dressed up a bit with some holiday flare!  The spiced aroma of the infused vermouth smells so delicious and helps to accentuate a special occasion.

What special drinks or desserts do you like to serve to emphasize the holiday spirit?

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Oh Nuts! Part 2: Texas Pecan

Fall came to Texas this week!  Wow.  One day it was in the 90’s and our air conditioners were blaring and the next day Jack Frost visited our backyard.  Although we love the warm summer weather, there is definitely something special about those first cool mornings with their bursts of fresh air.  Everything fall is in full swing here in Dallas. The Texas State Fair is in session and this weekend was the big football game between UT and OU called the Red River Rivalry.

Last week we shared the super easy recipe for making Whiskey Spiced Pecans. In keeping with the nutty theme this week, we are going to share with you a fun, easy and tasty cocktail that you can make to pair with those tasty toasted nuts!

The Texas Pecan is the perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining around a toasty fire — it’s finally cool enough for us to actually want to light our outdoor fire :).  To make the Texas Pecan you will need candied pecan simple syrup. (We made our own.  See below.) You also need water rye whiskey, orange bitters, orange peel and candied pecans.

To make the simple syrup, we used our regular simple syrup recipe and placed a few of our Whiskey Spiced pecans in it for about 24 hours.  You can purchased candied pecans from the store or make you own.  After prepping the candied pecan simple syrup, we placed the pecan syrup, water, rye whiskey and orange bitters in a shaker and shook over ice for about 15 seconds.  We poured our drink into a martini glass, and garnished with some more candied pecans and an orange peel.

The orange bitters and orange peel give a nice citrus flavor to the sweetness of  the pecans and rye whiskey.  The Texas Pecan would be an excellent drink to serve before or after your Thanksgiving Dinner.  It has just the right sweetness without being too overbearing.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a printable recipe for the Texas Pecan.

We are off to enjoy this beautiful Fall weather.  Let us know if you try the Texas Pecan.  We love to hear from our readers.


Posts you may have missed…

Whiskey Spiced Pecans

Bourbon Pumpkin Dump Cake

Fall All Over

Bianco Sangria

Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking.  Drink responsibly.

Oh Nuts!!!

If you’ve been around our blog for very long, you know that we are little crazy.  This week we are going nuts!  It is kind of a metaphor for The Blind Pig household, but we are literally going nuts this week and next by sharing some very easy, tasty and fresh recipes with you to use during your fall entertaining.

This week’s recipe, Whiskey Spiced Pecans, is so easy and delicious.  You can easily add this to a last minute entertaining menu.  You will look like a rock star host or hostess, and you barely lifted a finger.

To make Whiskey Spiced Pecans you will need your favorite rye whiskey or bourbon,  whole pecans, apple juice, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt and ground red pepper.  First soak the pecans in a mixture of apple juice and whiskey for 30 minutes to an hour.

Stir together all other ingredients and set aside.

Drain the pecans, we removed our pecans from the juice/whiskey mixture with a slotted spoon. Place the pecans in the sugar mixture and coat well.

Side note about the sugar mixture:  there are several variations that you can take here according to your personal preference. After making the recipe with just a little bit of red pepper, we would probably ramp up the pepper a bit to make the nuts a little more spicy.  You could also substitute pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon and allspice.

After coating the nuts in the sugar mixture spread out on a cookie sheet covered with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.  Place in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Make sure to stir half-way through the cooking process.  Remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a printable recipe for Whiskey Spiced Pecans.

These nuts are perfect to serve for a happy hour, part of a meat and cheese board, or any appetizer.  We are thinking that a bag of these nuts will probably make it into our holiday goody baskets that we share with family and friends during the holidays. 😉  Try out this nutty recipe, and let us know if you are ready to go nutso, too!