4th of July and Strawberry Raspberry Pie

Happy Fourth of July, friends!  We hope that you are spending your Fourth with family and friends toasting freedom!  We have a little dessert that we are sharing with you that is not only great for the 4th of July, but an anytime summer dessert.

Strawberry Raspberry Pie is a delicious and easy summer pie that will be the talk of the neighborhood potluck.  It is a made from a basic recipe that includes prepared pie crust, a simple gelatin filling. fresh fruit and Chambord Raspberry Liqueur.  This recipe has minimal steps and won’t have you spending needless time in the kitchen.

Pies made with fresh fruits and berries are light and refreshing during the summer months.  The addition of the raspberry liqueur adds a delicious raspberry flavor with a velvety rich texture to the gelatin filling.

First bake the pie crust according to package directions and cool completely.  Slice fresh strawberries and add to the cooled crust.  We have made this recipe several times.  Most of the time we only add strawberries, but to make the pie look more patriotic, we added in some blue berries this time. Cook the gelatin base in a small saucepan and add to the berries and crust.  Refrigerate for 2–3 hours.  Top with whipped cream or cool whip, and enjoy!

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This pie is delicious and looks spectacular!  Give it a try at your next summer gathering.  We know it will be a hit!

 

Celebrate the USA with Raspberry No-Churn Ice Cream

Last night we went to our first outdoor concert in 2 years.  We originally purchased the tickets in 2019 to see Rick Springfield with Chicago, but we only saw Chicago.  We guess Rick stayed in Australia?  Either way, we are had fun getting back to some of our favorite summer past times.  Speaking of favorite summer activities, you know that ice cream is one of things that we enjoy most over summer and this week we have a easy, tasty and fresh ice cream recipe that will be sure to rival the fireworks at your Fourth of July festivities.

This gem of a recipe is from our easy no-churn ice cream recipe base that we shared with you in our Move Our Paciugo… post. Instead of using Irish Cream for the flavor base, we added Chambord Raspberry Liqueur and it was ah-mazing!  Why we didn’t think of this before?  A simple garnish of fresh berries on this silky, smooth ice cream is a simple and delicious dessert for any time of a summer.

This recipe is the perfect recipe for a weekend at the lake or beach.  Not only are there few ingredients, but you can easily enjoy homemade ice cream without the need of an ice cream churn.

The ingredients that you will need are: a can of sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, salt, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, and heavy cream.  Remember, one of the best things about this recipe is that  all you need is a hand held electric mixer and a freezer.

Make sure that your mixing bowl and beaters have set in the freezer for about 20 minutes before starting the ice cream.  It will help the cream peak sooner.

Stir together the  milk, vanilla, salt and Chambord. Set aside.

Place cream in the chilled bowl and beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes or until peaks form.

Fold 1/3 whipped cream mixture into milk mixture to lighten it and then fold in the remaining cream until ice cream mixture is smooth. Be careful not to over whisk and stir.  You don’t want to deflate the whipped cream. Carefully pour the creamy mixture into a glass loaf pan. Place in the freezer for 8 hours.

Top the ice cream with fresh berries when serving and enjoy the fireworks!

Need some other Fourth of July recipes? Check out some of our previous posts.

Red, White and Blue Smash

Strawberry Basil Margarita

Red, White and Peach

Raspberry Margarita

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Raspberry Mojito

Boozy Berry Ice Cream

TBPB Cannonball

Espresso Oreo Shake

Tequila Lime Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

Prosecco Summer Dessert

What fun plans do you have for celebrating our nation’s birthday?  We would love to hear about it!

 

A Look Back on 2020: TBPB’s Top 10 Posts

We finally made it to the final day of 2020.  As has been stated, this has been quite an interesting year.  We won’t go into all of the gory details that you have lived through and reviewed on End of Year TV specials.  There was a peaked curiosity for creating your own cocktails at home during the quarantines and shutdowns, which created an uptick in traffic at our little corner of the internet. We noticed that you like special cocktails for holidays and celebrations. Duly noted. We will be sure to bring you more of those in 2021. Join us for our yearly glance down memory lane with a look back at The Blind Pig Blog’s top 10 posts.

10. Butterfinger Bourbon Pie

We could not agree more that this delicious dessert belongs on our top list.  If you are a fan of Butterfinger candy bars, like Craig, this will be your best friend.

9. Fernet Branca Collins

The breakout cocktail of the summer. You could often see us sipping on one of these near the pool, so we are glad that you liked it too!  It is so delicious and light. Not only is it a great summer cocktail, but it is so very yummy anytime of year.  Look for this to start showing up on bar and restaurant menus!

8. Strawberry Aperol Spritz

The Strawberry Aperol Spritz was another satisfying summer cocktail that we shared with you.  The berries added the perfect amount of summer to an already classic drink.

7. Truly Watermelon Lemonade

Poolside and lakeside lazy summer days will never be the same without this easy on the go drink.  Trulys are one of the best selling hard seltzers, and we added a little more summer to the experience.

6. Red, White and Blue Smash

Celebrating the Fourth of July was a little more festive with this yummy, summer beverage. The colors were perfect for our nation’s birthday.

5. Holiday Margarita

The next three top posts were from the month of December with our holiday cocktails.  We agree with you that we found some delightful holiday cocktails to pump up the merry.

4. The Mistletoe

Yes, we couldn’t agree more that this cocktail was a great way to toast on Christmas Eve.

3. Pomegranate Paloma

This cocktail has become The Blind Pig household’s cocktail of the season.  It is so easy to drink and has just enough festive flavor for anytime of the year.

2. Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Our yummy cookies were a hit at our house and in our holiday treat boxes.  We hope you and your family enjoyed this holiday classic cookie with a twist.

1. Ten Holiday Cocktails

As we said earlier, it was evident that holiday cocktails were on your mind and in your searches this year. Our top post for the year was a list of our best holiday cocktails.

We hope you have a safe and wonderful NYE.  We will be staying in and watching the ball drop from the comfort of our home.  Make sure to tell others about our blog, we would love to see our following increase in 2021!

If you are looking for some great cocktails for tonight, make sure to check out our I Can Fix A Drink page.  Happy New Year!

 

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

 

Red, White and Blue Smash

Happy Fourth of July everyone!!  This year it feels a little bit different than in year’s past, but it is still important to mark the birthday of our nation and celebrate the freedoms we all hold dear.  To help you with the festivities, we are sharing the Red, White and Blue Smash.  It is a delicious concoction of vodka, grapefruit and basil.  If you are lighting your own fireworks or watching them virtually, this beverage will add to your 4th of July celebration!

Like most beverages on this site, we have stripped this drink down to the essentials.  It is an easy, tasty and fresh drink to make no matter how your 4th Festivities take shape.  To make the Red, White and Blue Smash, you will need premium vodka, grapefruit juice, (ruby red makes a redder drink), fresh basil, grapefruit soda, and fresh blue berries for garnish.

Place two basil leaves and vodka into a shaker.  Muddle for about 15 seconds.  Add grapefruit juice and ice.  Shake for another 15 seconds.  Pour mixture over ice into a rocks glass.  Take another basil leaf and clap it between your hands.  This helps to release the oils and aromas in the basil.  Add the basil leaf to the rocks glass.  Top off with grapefruit soda ( we used Q Drinks grapefruit soda).  Garnish with fresh blueberries and another basil leaf.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Red, White and Blue Smash.

How are you celebrating your 4th of July Holiday this year?  We wish you a safe and fun-filled weekend.  May your sparklers sparkle brightly and your firecrackers not be duds!

 

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

Celebrate Summer with Ice Cream

We got away for a few days to spend some time at the gorgeous white sand beaches of Florida to soak in the sun.

Now it is time to think about the 4th of July and fireworks!  If you have hung around our blog long enough you know that ice cream is a favorite summer treat for our family.  This week we are taking a look back at 9 great ice cream favs to try this summer.

Treat #1: Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

This is one our favorite ice cream desserts.  The strawberry, tequila, and pretzel crust make an interesting but very tasty combination.

Treat #2: Kerrygold Ice Cream

Hands down, this is the easiest, yummiest homemade ice cream we’ve ever tried.  The recipe is so basic and simple that it is easy to adapt for other flavors.

Treat #3: Kerrygold Caramel Shake

 

This shake is like discovering a gold mine of ice cream and chocolate delight.  The easy recipe makes this a fun and quick dessert for any guest.

Treat #4: Mojito Ice Cream

Based on the same recipe as treat #2, this ice cream has a rum and mint twist.  Serve with a sprig of fresh lime and let the refreshing, cool taste wash over you!

Treat #5: Cafe’ Borghetti PBIF Pie

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie is Craig’s favorite dessert of all time!  The chocolate sauce mixed with the crispy peanut butter crust is a delicious combination.

Treat #6: Cannonball

We shared this treat with you in May.  Like other ice cream treats, this can easily be adapted for a range of flavors and tastes.  We are thinking about making a red, white and blue combo for the 4th.  What do you think?

Treat #7: Espresso Ice Cream

Have you tried this one yet?  We (Rhonda) recently finished the last few bites of this yummy treat that were left in our freezer.  Don’t forget to check out the fun serving suggestions included in this post.

Treat #8: Choco Menta Shake

The king of our ice cream treats — The Choco Menta Shake!  If you are a mint chocolate chip or a Girl Scout Thin Mint fan, this is the shake for you.  Stay extra cool on the inside and out with this special treat.

Treat #9: Borghetti Coke Float

So easy, so tasty, and so fresh!  Remind yourself what it was like to be a kid — only better, by trying the Borghetti Coke Float.

Which treat is your favorite? Try one or try them all.  We’d love to hear about it.

 

Disclaimer:  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.

Red, White and Peach

How did the Watermelon Wars work out in your household?  Our friends, Roger and LeeAnn, shared yet another great watermelon drink that they make.  They believe their drink may be the tie breaker.  What do you think?

4th of july

This week we bring you another yummy drink made with one the season’s fresh fruits – PEACHES!  This drink is an easy refreshing drink to serve in large batches at a 4th of July BBQ or family reunion.

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Seagram’s Peach Punch

The ingredients?  Easy. Tasty. Fresh!  You need Seagram’s Peach Vodka, lemonade, and fresh peaches.  That’s it!  Sooo easy.

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The recipe?  Even easier. One part vodka.  One part lemonade. We like to use Minute Maid Lite because it keeps the calorie count low and doesn’t make the drink too sweet.  Add in sliced peaches for garnish and taste.

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The taste?  Light and refreshing.  We had relatives who were healthy eaters and were glad to have a glass or two because of the low calorie count.

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Don’t worry, you don’t need to tell your friends how easy it was to make.  The ease of this drink is why it is so perfect for a BBQ, you don’t have time to fuss over hand making a complicated drink for your guests.

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Super tip!  This drink gets better with time.  What we mean is that it gets even better if you make it well ahead of your guests arriving.  After just an hour of making the drink, it took on a nice pink color of the peaches, and tasted even yummier!

Let us know if you serve it at your next BBQ or picnic.  We love to hear from our readers.  If you haven’t clicked on the “Follow Button” in the lower right corner of your screen, make sure to do it today.  Remember to look for us on Pinterest, as well.

Happy Fourth of July and Cheers,

Rhonda and Craig