Chocolate Negroni

If Willy Wonka did exist and had a chocolate factory, it’s fair to say that we would be first in line to try to win the golden tickets.  The Blind Pig Blog family loves chocolate.  If you have been an avid reader of our blog for any amount of time, you probably have noticed the reoccurring theme.  If there is a recipe with chocolate, we love to try it out and post about it.  This week is no different, we are sharing a recipe that we found that has a twist on the typical negroni with some hints of chocolate.

We make our Chocolate Negroni with gin, Punt e Mes, Carpano Botanic Bitter, Crème de Cacao and some chocolate bitters.  We shared Punt e Mes with you in some of our past posts, such as, Punt e Mes Margarita, Punt e Mes Sangria, and Punt e Mes and Soda. We also highlighted Carpano Botanic Bitter in several cocktails, such as, Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz, Holiday Margarita, and the yummy Hibiscus Mule.

Craig is the Negroni aficionado in our household, so he gave this delicious cocktail a try and a thumbs up.  If you are looking for something a little different than your typical negroni, stir up this cocktail and let us know what you think.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a printable version of the recipe for the Chocolate Negroni.

Does this post have you craving for some chocolate?  Here are some past posts that just might help you with your craving.

Spirited Chocolate Orange Bars

A Little Tiramisu for You

Borghetti Brownie Caramel Bites

Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies

TBPB Cannonball!

Espresso Oreo Shake

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Dessert

PBIF Pie

Easy Espresso Cake

Espresso Fudge

 

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

Easter Brunch Ideas to Fill Everyone’s Basket

This weekend is Easter, and we are spending time focusing on our family.  We posted an excellent Easter dessert last week with our yummy carrot cake.  If you are looking for some ideas to make your Easter Brunch special,  don’t forget that we have lots of great recipe ideas for your Easter Brunch on our site.  Here is a quick reminder of a few ideas.

Easter Brunch Foods:

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake: This was a game winner in our house and will be sure to be at yours too!

Christmas Morning Bread: It’s not just for Christmas.  This is an excellent recipe for any brunch.

Chocolate Banana Bread: Some good ideas did come out of COVID quarantine. 🙂

Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls:  This one takes some effort, but is worth it!

Kerrygold French Toast:  Super delicious and very easy.

Easter Toasts:

Sparkling Lemonade

Orange Basil Spritzer (non-alcoholic)

Fernet Branca Collins

Mint Highball

Blackberry Kiwi Mocktail (nonalcoholic)

Pomegranate Paloma

Double Thyme

Raspberry Mojito

Blood Mary

There are more ideas on our site.  Make sure you take a look around.

 

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

 

This Easter Dessert Takes the Cake

Easter is next weekend and in anticipation that our Blind Pig readers may be looking for a way to spice up their Easter meal, we decided to share our twist on a delicious classic carrot cake.

Since rum pairs nicely with the rich spicy flavor of carrot cake, we added some rum to this cake recipe along with a yummy rum enhanced brown sugar cream cheese frosting.  As a bonus, this recipe is easy to make, as far as making cakes from scratch goes.  We based our recipe on a recipe found in the March 2015 Southern Living Magazine.  We hope you enjoy!

This yummy rum-enhanced cake starts with toasting some pecans with butter and kosher salt.  A few of the pecans will go into the cake and the rest of the pecans will be used to garnish the top of the cake.  The saltiness of the pecans brings out the rich frosting flavors.

Start this recipe much like most cake recipes by creaming the softened butter with the sugars.  Next add canola oil and the eggs. Once that is mixed well, you will add in the dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk.  Add 1/2 ounce of your favorite dark rum.  Then fold in shredded carrots and a shredded granny smith apple with the toasted pecans.  Place the cake batter into three round cake pans and bake for about 25 minutes.

Once the cakes have cooled, mix together the cream cheese frosting.  Instead of vanilla extract, add 1/2 ounce of your favorite dark rum.  After frosting ingredients have been mixed, cover your cake with the frosting making sure to place frosting between the cake layers.  Sprinkle reserved toasted pecans on top of the cake, and you are ready to serve.

Due to the cream cheese frosting, make sure to refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

Warning: The Easter Bunny might abandon his carrots for this delicious cake!  This cake does not disappoint and will be the one thing everyone wants to see in their Easter basket.

If you are looking for some other great ideas for your Easter celebration, check out these past posts.

Easter Morning Cocktails and More

Ideas for Your Easter Brunch Every Bunny will Love

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

 

A Little Tiramisu for You

Tiramisu is one of our favorite desserts that we love to order when we eat at an Italian restaurant.  After researching this dessert a bit, we noticed that the word tiramisu in Italian means pick me up. What a perfect name for a dessert that makes almost anyone smile!

Most tiramisu recipes call for using a double boiler and lots of extra steps in the recipe.  This was just a little too high maintenance for us, until we found this easy tiramisu recipe.  We adapted the recipe and Blind Pigged it up, and now you have our version of tiramisu.

First you will need to secure all of the ingredients.  Most ingredients are easy to find although we want to share a few tips for finding the ladyfingers, mascarpone and Caffe’ Borghetti.  We could not find ladyfinger cookies at our local Kroger, although on line it said that some Krogers have it.  Our advice is check ahead of time before heading out to buy your ladyfingers.  We purchased ours at Sprouts, and we noticed that specialty stores  like World Market had some.  If you purchase the ladyfingers from your regular grocery store, you may look near the bakery or in a specialty food section of the store.

If you have not purchased mascarpone cheese before, it will be near your specialty cheeses.  We found ours in the cheese section near the deli at Kroger.  It comes in a small cylindrical container similar to cream cheese.

We have shared many recipes with Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur before. (We can’t help ourselves it works so well with some many things!)  Look or ask for Caffe’ Borghetti in your favorite store where you purchase other liquor.  There is a specific reason why you want Caffe’ Borghetti.  Caffe’ Borghetti is the only espresso liqueur that is made from espresso coffee first.  How we can best explain it is that other coffee liqueurs are liqueurs that have added a coffee flavor to them.  Caffe’ Borghetti makes fresh Italian espresso coffee and THEN adds the alcohol to the coffee.  There is a big difference in quality and taste.  You may want to order your Caffe’ Borghetti from Drizly which is an on-line liquor store.

This recipe is for making small servings of the tiramisu.  You will want to find small serving bowls, cocktail glasses, or if you want the dessert to be really petite, shot glasses.  We used small 8 ounce cocktail glasses.

To make this easy dessert you will need to first whip the whipping cream.  Whip it with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Place in refrigerator to chill.

Next pour 1/2 cup of Caffe’ Borghetti into a shallow bowl.  Break ladyfingers in half and dip both sides of the ladyfingers in the liqueur.  Place ladyfingers in the bottom of cocktail glass.

In a mixer beat together the eggs and sugar for four minutes until pale yellow and fluffy.  Add in the mascarpone cheese and mix until well incorporated.  Fold in the whipping cream with a spatula.  Make sure not to over mix.

Add a layer of the cheese mixture atop the ladyfingers.  Add another layer of ladyfingers dipped in the espresso liqueur. Add a final layer of cheese mixture.

Top with sifted cocoa powder and shaved, unsweetened chocolate.  Place in a refrigerator to chill for a minimum of an hour prior to serving.  Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Note:  This recipe is made with raw eggs.  Raw eggs may contain foodborne illnesses.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full recipe for Caffe’ Borghetti Tiramisu.

This low fuss recipe is the perfect pairing for an Italian dinner.  It also works well as a dessert that can be made a day ahead.  Need a pick me up? Try out the Caffe’ Borghetti Tiramisu and let us know what you think!

 

 

Try Your Luck with Irish Whiskey Cupcakes

It’s almost spring and we are ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a fun dessert that will impress your Irish friends and a few others.  We got the idea for our Irish Whiskey Cupcakes from a variety of sources.  We have been sitting on the idea of making some cupcakes with Irish whiskey for years after we saw a fun Pinterest post from HugsandCookiesXOXO.  Then Rhonda found a cute idea in the March 2021 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  Put both ideas together with a little bit of time in the kitchen and you now have our Irish Whiskey Cupcakes!

The recipe to make the cupcakes is very easy.  Although we LOVE chocolate cupcakes, this time we resisted and decided to stick with a yellow cupcake flavored with a little bit of Irish whiskey.  We added some Irish whiskey to our amazingly fluffy frosting for just the right amount of Irish.

We made our cupcakes according to the recipe directions.  After letting the cupcakes cool, we used a teaspoon sized measuring spoon and carved out a hole in the center of each cupcake.  We filled the holes with green and white sprinkles.  Isn’t that fun?

Next we mixed together our fluffy frosting.  Since we did not completely cover our entire cupcake with frosting, we had a lot of frosting left over.  You may want to consider cutting this frosting recipe in half.  This frosting is so tasty, so we are going to save our extra and use it with another dessert in the near future.

A trick we learned as we were frosting our cupcakes is to seal off the sprinkled filled hole with a shot of frosting before adding the final layer of frosting on the top of the cupcake.  It kept the sprinkles from mixing into the frosting and the frosting layer from lifting off the top of the cake.

We thought this was a fun way to celebrate St. Pat’s day and the surprise of the sprinkles inside the cupcake added to the celebration. There is not much whiskey included in this recipe, but if you want to serve the cupcakes to children, you may want to consider replacing the whiskey with 1 1/3 teaspoons of vanilla in the cake recipe and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in the frosting.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for Irish Whiskey Cupcakes.

Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day fun recipes?  Don’t forget about our past posts: Golden Mint Crinkles and Irish Chocolate Cake with Irish Cream Frosting.

 

Espresso Oreo Shake

The Blind Pig household survived snowmaggedon in Texas and now we are looking toward spring break and warmer weather!  What better way to celebrate warmer temperatures and sunshine than with a little ice cream pick-me-up?

Rhonda got the idea for this shake one day while she was sitting at her favorite fast food drink stop… Sonic!  There was an advertisement for a new espresso shake on the kiosk.  Rhonda thought, “I can make an espresso shake for adults that tastes better than that!”  At that point a star was born, she came home and mixed up this easy, but satisfying recipe for an adult espresso shake.

To make this shake you need only a few basic ingredients: vanilla ice cream (our choice — Blue Bell), a little bit of milk, some crumbled Oreos, and some Caffe’ Borghetti espresso liqueur.

Place all of these ingredients into your blender. Blend.  Garnish with some whipped cream and an Oreo cookie.  Delish!

We served ours in small tall serving glasses as a petite dessert. It was just enough to let ourselves indulge a bit without adding on too many calories.  You may want to serve yours in a larger glass.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at http://www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Espresso Oreo Shake.

What are you waiting for?  Go grab some Oreos and start making your shake!

 

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.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz.

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!

 

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

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.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a printable recipe of Raspberry Red Velvet Cake Balls.

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.

If you are reading this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Pomegranate Negroni.

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.

Seeing Red

You may have noticed that our fav NFL team, the red-wearing Kansas City Chiefs are in the Super Bowl again this year? Since our beloved Chiefs are in the super bowl, and February is the month of love. We decided to celebrate with posts that are all about seeing RED!

To start you off on a red streak we are sharing a magnificent red cocktail today.  The pomegranate martini.  Do you remember when we mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we realized that there were some favorite recipes of ours that we had not shared with you in the past?  This pomegranate martini is one of those recipes. This yummy, citrusy cocktail is the basic pomegranate cocktail recipe with a few slight Blind Pig adjustments.

Unlike most martinis, we made ours with gin instead of vodka.  To make it taste even better, we used the Malfy Con Arancia Gin, which is blood orange flavored.  This gives the martini an extra citrusy pop!  If you want your martini to bubble a bit, you can also add a splash of sparkling water to the glass.

To make our version of the Pomegranate Martini you will need Malfy Con Arancia Gin. You also need cointreau, pomegranate juice, fresh lemon, fresh orange and pomegranate seeds.

Fill a shaker of ice and add the gin, cointreau, juice and squeeze lemon.  Shake for 20 seconds.  Pour into a martini or coup glass.  Garnish with a slice of orange and some pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog to view a printable version of the full recipe for the Pomegranate Martini.

This red cocktail is the perfect sipper for cheering on the Chiefs or mixing for your love on Valentine’s…or both!  We would love to hear if you try it out.

Look for our post next week.  We will be sharing another red cocktail with you while we are watching our CHIEFS!!!!!

 

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