Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz

We finally thawed out after the Snowmageddon of 2021 in Texas.  We were cold and only had heat and electricity for 50% of the time from Tuesday through Thursday, but we are fine and our house pipes made it through. We are grateful for all of the well wishes and concern from all who reached out to us.

Staying on point with our RED theme we have another great little cocktail to share with you.  Technically this cocktail is more of a pink color, but pink is in the red tone family, right?  The Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz is a light drink made with vodka, orange liqueur, Carpano Botanic Bitter, fresh lemon juice and egg white.

To make the cocktail place vodka, Carpano Bitter, orange liqueur and lemon juice in a dry shaker with the egg white of one egg.  Dry shake for a few seconds.  Then add a scoop of ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.  Garnish with a cherry and serve. Luxardo cherries are the best to garnish this cocktail.  We didn’t have any on hand. (We just made it through the winter storm of the century… remember?)

Some of you may be worried by the egg white.  The egg white gives this cocktail a pretty little froth on the top.  However, there is always a risk when consuming raw eggs.

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As we mentioned above, this cocktail is light.  Because of the bitter, the flavor is not overly sweet which helps it pair well with a breakfast or light lunch.  Since it has a beautiful pink color, this cocktail would make a great impression at a bridal brunch/luncheon or any gals’ get-together!  We are going to keep this in mind for any future AC (After COVID) ladies lunches that Rhonda decides to host!

Stay warm this week and hang in there.  We have almost made it to March!


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Sweets for the Sweet– Raspberry Red Velvet Cake Balls

We continue our red theme this week one day prior to Valentine’s Day with a delicious sweet treat that will make any of your sweethearts feel loved. We concocted a little Blind Pig twist on the fan favorite of red velvet cake by making it into cake balls spiked with a little bit of black raspberry liqueur — Chambord.

Chambord is a blackberry and raspberry liqueur which is produced in the Loire Valley of France.  It comes in a beautiful spherical bottle with golden accents.  We have known about Chambord for years and used it here and there — mostly in swirl margaritas.  This is the first time we have featured it in a recipe on The Blind Pig Blog and boy are we delighted with how the recipe turned out!   The velvety flavor of the Chambord paired perfectly with the rich taste of the red velvet cake.  We decided to make our treats into little heart shaped cake balls for a fun Valentine’s Day treat.  However, we can see that this recipe would make a divine dessert for a special occasion.

Here’s how we made Raspberry Red Velvet Cake Balls. Cake balls are not difficult to make, but it is best to plan ahead.  The process can be spread out over two days by making the cake ball mixture a day ahead and forming the cake balls the second day. We used a base red velvet cake recipe.  We chose to make our cake from scratch and used the recipe from Live Well Bake Often.  You could take a short cut and use a red velvet cake mix — no judgement here.  We mixed the cake according to the directions, however, we did make a minor adjustment.  Instead of adding 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, we added 1 ounce of Chambord.  We placed our cake batter into a 9 x 13 inch rectangular baking pan.  Since we were not making a two layer cake and we increased the alcohol from 2 teaspoons to 1 ounce, we had to increase the baking time from 28-32 minutes up to 45 minutes.

After baking the cake, we let the cake cool for about 20-30 minutes.  Then we cut the cake out of the pan and crumbled the cake into fine crumbs in a large mixing bowl.  Make sure to check if there are hard crusty sections around the edge of the cake, you don’t want to include these pieces in your cake ball mixture.

Next add a container of chocolate frosting to the bowl of cake crumbs.  Mix together well until the frosting is evenly distributed throughout the cake crumbs.  Place in the refrigerator to chill for an hour or two.

After your cake ball mixture has chilled, start molding the cake balls. Since we made our cake balls for Valentine’s Day,  we used a heart mold that we found at our local Hobby Lobby.   Cookie cutters can also be used to mold cake ball shapes or roll your own little cake balls.  Don’t forget our special trick of spraying hands or tools with cooking spray prior to forming the cake balls.  You will be glad you did this!

Place the formed cake balls on a tray lined with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes to an hour.  Remove the cake balls from the refrigerator.  We had two trays, so we left one tray in the refrigerator to stay chilled while we worked with the first tray.

Melt the candy coating for the outer layer of the cake balls.  We have used a variety of ingredients in the past, like chocolate chips and almond bark.  This time we used the candy coating wafers that can be purchased at most craft stores and cake decorating supply stores. We always melt our coating in a glass microwaveable dish.  The important thing is to start slow and not over cook your coating.  If you over cook the coating, you will have to throw it out and start over.  We melt ours in short little 15 second bursts. Remove the coating. Stir. Cook for another 15 second burst, and repeat until the coating is smooth and creamy.  Melting the coating in two separate batches keeps the coating fresh.  It also helps to ease the pressure of working quickly.

Dip the cake balls into the coating one at a time.  We use a spoon to scoop out the cake ball.  Let the spoon and cake ball drip over the bowl of coating for a few seconds while excess coating drips off.  Place on parchment paper to cool.  We added some sprinkles to some of our cake balls.  Make sure to sprinkle while the coating has not fully cooled. After dipping all the cake balls, place them in a refrigerator until ready to serve.

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The weather forecast looks like many of us will be spending our Valentine’s Day inside where it is warm and cozy.  What could be better than making Raspberry Red Velvet Cake Balls with those you love the most?

We have also included some ideas for other great Valentine’s Day cocktails and treats!

Fernet Hot Chocolate — perfect for staying warm with your honey

Pomegranate Martini — cheers to your love

Pomegranate Negroni  — for the man in your life

Raspberry Mojito — a light fun cocktail for Valentine’s or Galentine’s

Love Triangle — another light fun cocktail to enjoy 

Love You More Cookies — delicious cookie recipe to make for all of those you love

Espresso Fudge — a delicious easy fudge recipe to espress your love!

Or check out any of our other recipes on our blog!


Cheer on the Chiefs with a Pomegranate Negroni

Tomorrow is the big day when the Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Bucs to see if they can #RunItBack.  We told you last week that we are bringing red cocktails and treats to you for the month of February to celebrate the month of love.  It just so happens that the team we LOVE has red jerseys! (Hey! Love doesn’t always have to be romantic love.)

Our last post was about the delicious Pomegranate Martini, and this week Craig wanted us to post a more manly drink, so we bring you the Pomegranate Negroni.  Negroni’s are a famously Italian cocktail that is one of Craig’s most favorite.

Typically a Negroni is made with gin, a bitter and vermouth.  This recipe replaces the vermouth for the fruity flavor of pomegranate juice.  We tried the recipe with vermouth and Craig felt like the pomegranate juice and vermouth were not compatible.

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If you are looking for some other super bowl snacks, check out our list of past posts that scored big in our house.

Corralejo Lime Guac

Cola and Whiskey Brisket

Octoberfest Chili

Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Borghetti Brownie Caramel Bites

Golden Mint Crinkles

Love You More Cookies

Menty Brownies

Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies

The Blind Pig Family tailgating at a Chiefs game in 2019.

We are getting our snacks ready for the big game.  Rhonda will have a Pomegranate Martini in her hand and Craig will be sipping the red Pomegranate Negroni as we cheer on Patrick Mahomes and the boys.  What are your plans for watching the big game?


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