Catch a Leprechaun with these Chocolate Chip Mint Brookies

How to catch a Leprechaun: Make these delicious Chocolate Chip Mint Brookies.  Place on a plate. Sit back and watch the leprechauns unable to resist these yummy St. Patrick’s Day treats.

Our recipe this week is a mash up of two great recipes with a little bit of our own twist to bring you these delightful fun brookies.  What is a brookie?  A brookie is just like it sounds – half brownie and half cookie.

To make these treats we used a brownie recipe that we found with another set of brookie directions.  You need to make sure that the brownie dough is thick enough that you can place it on the cookie sheet with the cookie dough without running amuck. This recipe worked well, and we added a little bit of Branca Menta to the brownie recipe to give the brownies a slight minty flavor. The cookie recipe that we used is a favorite cookie recipe in The Blind Pig Blog household. Then we added a bit of green food coloring to get in the Irish spirit for March 17. The result was a match made under a shamrock!

The double flavors of the minty brownie with the chocolate chip cookie is a minty chocolaty goodness in your mouth that is sure to please any leprechaun around!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Chocolate Chip Mint Brookies.

For other great St. Patrick’s Day recipes, check out some of our past posts.

Cucumber Gin Spritz

Mint to Be Irish

Double Thyme

The Thin Mint

Espresso Menta

Fernet Branca Collins

Mint Highball

Golden Mint Crinkles

Menta Truffles

Menty Brownies

Thin Mentas

Choco Menta Shake

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Dessert

Oreo Menta Shake

 

Fresh Summer Cocktail

We know that we have been absent for a few weeks.  We’ve had a variety of things going on and haven’t been able to post.  You may know that Piglet #3 is a senior in high school and will be graduating at the end of this week.  We’ve had several special events that pertain to the end of high school and the end of the school year that have diverted our attention from the blog.  Since he’s our last piglet, we know that we can’t get these days back.  Our Blind Pig readers are the best and understand our priorities.

To break our radio silence, we are sharing twist on one of our refreshing cocktails that we posted last summer on Father’s Day weekend.  You may remember the Fernet Branca Collins with its zesty herbal flavor and light lemon fizz.  If you live in the Dallas area, you can get a Fernet Collins at Northern Italia, Billy Can Can and Numero 28.

Our twist is a simple ingredient substitution where you substitute Branca Menta for Fernet Branca.  The Branca Menta Collins is a little sweeter than the original recipe and has a yummy mint flavor.  Both cocktails are delicious and very refreshing. Both are perfect summer sippers.

To mix up this refreshing drink you will need Branca Menta, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. Pop in a sprig of fresh mint and a slice of lemon for garnish and enjoy!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Branca Menta Collins.

Try out the Branca Menta Collins this week and let us know what you think!

 

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

Cool Off with a Refreshing Mint Highball

Summer showed up in full force in Dallas this week.  We had temps in mid-90s, but it feels like 102.  It would be a great week to try out our Just Peachy Popsicles that we shared with you last week.

During the hot summer months we are always looking for a cool refreshing drink that does not require a lot of fuss and extra prep.  Who wants to be mixing a drink when you really want your feet dangling in the pool? The Mint Highball is an easy summer drink to fix for one or many.  In less than 5 minutes you can be sipping minty freshness while cooling off near the water.

If you like a good Mojito, the Mint Highball will quickly become one of your summer favs.  This refreshing beverage is made with Topo-Chico Carbonated Mineral Water and Branca Menta Liqueur.  It tastes similar to a Mojito without all all of the sugar and extra calories.  The typical Mojito runs around 250 calories, but the Mint Highball hits a low bar with 135.

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With the right amount of fizz and mint, this beverage is sure to make it into you regular summer rotation.   We can tell you that it already has made it into ours! Ready to try the Mint Highball?

 

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

 

Menty Brownies

 During this time of COVID, comfort foods are making a come back, and what is more comforting than a pan of brownies right from the oven?  Brownies are an easy versatile goody to bake.  You can make them from scratch or make them from a box.  No matter how you mix these treats up, they are easy crowd-pleasers for a variety of occasions.

We always keep a couple boxes of brownie mix on hand, because the piglets wander into the kitchen a few times a month and decide to mix  up a batch.  This week we are sharing a fun and incredibly easy Blind Pig Twist on your favorite brownie recipe.

Our version of this American classic is made with a hint of Brancamenta Liqueur and some Andes Mints layered in the middle.  The minty goodness enhances the flavor of the chocolate and is a tantalizing variation on the traditional chocolate brownie.

As we said above, start with your favorite brownie recipe.  To enhance the mint flavor of the brownie add 1/2 ounce of Brancamenta Liqueur to the batter when mixing.

Prepare your baking pan as usual with cooking spray.  Pour 1/2 of the batter into the bottom of the pan.

Place a layer of Andes mints evenly over the bottom layer of batter.

Top off with the remaining batter.  Bake as directed.

After  removing the brownies from the oven, allow the brownies to cool.  Cut into small squares and serve.

As you can see in our photos, there is a small sliver of the Andes mint that can be viewed from the side of the brownie.

These brownies have the right amount of mint flavor — not too much not too little.  One word of warning to you. These did not last long at The Blind Pig household.  If you do not intend to share these with others, DO NOT make them when others are present!

What do you think?  Are you going to mix up a batch of Menty Brownies today?

 

Oreo Menta Shake

It has been a long week friends.  Without a lot of good news, we thought that we would share a little pick me up.  At the point that Rhonda is writing this post, Craig is having his second virtual happy hour of the week.  How do you have a virtual virtual happy hour? Schedule a zoom meeting with your closest friends, grab a cocktail and happy hour it up! The Oreo Menta Shake would be a great concoction for a virtual happy hour.

In celebration of our Irish heritages and as a toast to St. Patrick’s Day this week, we thought that we would share a special adult shake with you with a little mint to savor.  The Oreo Menta Shake is an easy adult shake to create, and tastes just as delicious as it looks!  The Branca Menta adds just enough minty kick to this smooth, creamy concoction.  It will have you feeling like you found the end of a rainbow.

Before we get started with how to make the Oreo Menta Shake, we would like to share a fun story with you.  We are always interested in how various products get their start.  We have used Fernet Branca Liqueuer in a few of our other recipes that we have shared with you on the blog.  Fernet Branca, which has been around since 1845, is like the grandfather to Branca Menta.  Branca Menta was created in the 1960s. Apparently a famous Italian Opera singer named Maria Callas was known to drink Fernet Branca along with a touch of mint syrup before each performance.  The Branca family were huge fans of Maria Callas.  They were very flattered that she drink their product, but were confused why she felt that she needed to “improve” on their creation.  Inspired by her idea, the Branca family began to produce and sell both Fernet Branca and Branca Menta. So the next time you have a sip of Branca Menta, you can think about Maria Callas and her contribution to the liqueur family.

To make the Oreo Menta Shake, you need some mint chocolate chip ice cream (we prefer Blue Bell), some crushed Oreos and mini Oreos for garnish, milk and Branca Menta Liqueur.

Place the ingredients together in a blender and pulse until creamy and smooth.  Pour into serving glasses and garnish with mini Oreos on cocktail skewer or toothpick.  We gave our glasses a little extra flair by rimming the glasses in chocolate syrup and rimmed in crushed Oreos. You can sprinkle some crushed Oreos over the top of the shake for extra flavor and appeal.

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The Oreo Menta Shake makes a great dessert when hosting guests.  This is definitely going to be on our summertime menu for gatherings at our house!  What about you?  Are you already making plans for sunny summer gatherings with friends?

 

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

Sip On This: Espresso Menta

We got a pleasant surprise in Texas yesterday!  It snowed.  We know our friends up North are thinking, “Big deal,” as they roll their eyes, but the people who live south of the Mason Dixon line don’t always get to experience the fluffy white stuff as often as you, so it is quite a newsworthy event.  At The Blind Pig Headquarters we did not get much more than a slight dusting, and to be quite honest, we received more sleet than snow.  However, in Denton, Texas, just a mere 45 minutes west of us, they had enough snow to go sledding and make respectable snowmen.  Of course we had to take full advantage of the opportunity to have snow in our Blind Pig Photos for the week, so make sure to take note.

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This week we are sharing an easy delightful little cocktail called the Espresso Menta.  It has two of our familiar ingredients, Caffe’ Borghetti and Branca Menta.  Yes, we use these ingredients a lot.  We assure you it is for two good reasons.  Reason #1:  Both Borghetti and Branca Menta are excellent liquids.  They are superior to other liquors in their respective categories.  We won’t give you all the details here, but trust us.  Others do not have the same craftsmanship or quality.  Reason #2:  We try to give you multiple recipes that can be made with the same ingredients.  No one wants to purchase a whole bottle of something and only use 1 ounce.  By sharing multiple recipes with the same ingredients, you are able to see the versatility of the ingredients and recipes that we share on TBPB!

The Espresso Menta is a versatile cocktail that can be used as an after dinner drink, a sipping cocktail with appetizers, or even served as a brunch cocktail.  The espresso and mint flavors pair nicely with chocolates and sweets for a dessert cocktail.  The coffee flavor makes it a wonderful brunch beverage, and the combination of the two produce a fantastic cocktail to sip slowly.

The Espresso Menta is made with only 2 ingredients — Caffe’ Borghetti and Branca Menta.  We added a sprig of mint for garnish, because you’ve got to accessorize!! To make the Espresso Menta, place your Branca Menta bottle in the freezer for about an hour to chill.  Next pour 1.5 ounces of Caffe’ Borghetti and 1 ounce of Branca Menta over a cup of ice in a shaker.  Shake until the shaker becomes chilled.  Pour into a small sipping cocktail glass.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.  Sip and enjoy.

The Espresso Menta is a great cocktail to serve when entertaining, because there is little prep. The flavors will have your guests wondering how you found this gem of a cocktail.  You can tell them about us, or maybe you want to keep your source a secret?

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

 

Menta Daiquiri

Is it hot where you live?  Here in Dallas we have finally hit the triple digits.  Every year we forget how incredibly hot 100 degrees + feels.  It’s like a sauna, oven, the heat miser, whatever…  We try anything to stay cool.  To help cool your taste buds and tummy, we are sharing the Menta Daiquiri with you during this summer heat wave.

When we hear the word daiquiri, we tend to think about overly sweet rum drinks made with whipped cream, a cherry and an umbrella on top. Actually the original daiquiris were made only with rum, lime juice and sugar…. no cherry, no umbrella.  As with many cocktails there are a few different stories circulating about its origin.  However, all stories agree that the drink was invented near a beach town in Cuba named Daiquiri, thus the drink had a name.

Our daiquiri recipe attempts to mimic the original recipe for daiquiris.   We use a few basic ingredients, rum, lime juice, sugar, together with Branca Menta and mint.

To make this refreshing cool treat, you need to get out your blender.  Place your cocktail glasses in the freezer to chill.  To start, add lime juice, sugar, Branca Menta, mint leaves and crushed ice to the blender.  Blend all of this together.  Hint:  If you want fine ice like in most frozen drinks at restaurants, start with crushed ice in your blender.  We happened to have some Sonic ice on hand.  By blending the Sonic ice in the blender we got a fine frozen ice mixture.

After blending the first ingredients, we added the rum a half ounce at a time to the frozen mixture, blending in between.  Pour the frozen mixture into your chilled glasses, and garnish with fresh mint and an umbrella.  Sit back.  Kick your feet up and enjoy the minty coolness as it enters your body.  Ahhhhhh!

 

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete printable recipe for Menta Daiquiri.

Often we have friends that tell us that they don’t like to purchase various bottles of liquor for a recipe, when the recipe only calls for an ounce or two.  We hear you.  That is why we try to share with you multiple recipes that use similar liquor ingredients.  Try some of these recipes out this weekend.  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Other recipes using Branca Menta that we have shared with you are:

Italian Mojito

Choco Menta Shake

Menta Truffles

Thin Mentas

The Thin Mint

Mojito Ice Cream

Have a great weekend. Don’t melt.  Stay cool!

 

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.

Italian Mojito

italian mojitoHey friends!  We apologize for getting our post ready a little late this week.  It was Blind Piglet #2 and #3’s first week back to school.  We had hockey and soccer practices and soccer games and well, you know the drill.  Watching a soccer game in 100 degree heat can start a craving for a light and refreshing beverage.  Thus we decided to share the Italian Mojito with you.

You may remember our Zaya Mojito that we shared with you during the summer of 2017.  This is still one of our easy favs. However, when you see how simple and refreshing the Italian Mojito is, it may make it to the top of your quick and easy cocktail list.

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We first introduced you to Brancamenta, the main ingredient in the Mojito, last summer when we featured Who Needs Half Price Shakes After 8?   Brancamenta is an Italian apertivo-digestivo with a distinctive mint flavor.  It is delicious in many beverages and recipes and is the star of the Italian Mojito.

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To make the Italian Mojito you need a few basic ingredients: Brancamenta, Sprite, (We used Sprite Zero to cut down on calories.) a lime and mint leaves.  Place the mint leaves and juice of half of lime in a  shaker and muddle.  Next add ice and  Brancamenta.  Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.  Pour into a glass and top off with Sprite. Garnish with a mint sprig or slice of lime.

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The Italian Mojito is less sweet than a traditional mojito, while still maintaining that refreshing minty flavor.  If you like a little fizz in your drinks, then you will like the energizing bubbles that the Sprite adds to this cocktail.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  You may find out that it was mint to be!

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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.

Move Over Paciugo Part Due: Mojito Ice Cream

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends!  We hope that you are out soaking up the sun or spending the weekend with friends and family.  Most importantly, don’t forget why you have this three-day weekend that kicks off the summer in the first place.  It is to remember those who have fallen in service to our country.

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Nothing says summer like the taste of homemade ice cream.  Ever since we brought you Kerrygold Ice Cream last summer, we have been wanting to try out some other variations of this easy, tasty treat.

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We are not going to take you through all of the steps of making the ice cream with photographs, because to tell you the truth, they would look almost exactly the same as our first ice cream post. But we will tell you that instead of adding Kerrygold Irish Cream to the mixture, this time we added 1 ounce of Zaya Rum and 1 ounce of Branca Menta.  The addition of rum and mint flavors to the ice cream gave it the familiar taste of a cool, refreshing mojito.  Serve it in a small serving dish with a fresh sprig of mint on the side.

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So easy! So fresh! Just the right refreshing dessert for summer.

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Follow the recipe on our Kerrygold Ice Cream post.  Give it a try this weekend and let us know if you like it.

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Mint to be Irish

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This tasty little cordial made with Kerrygold Irish Cream, Zaya Rum and Branca Menta will have your dancing an Irish jig in no time.

Hello friends! We are starting spring break this weekend, and we are looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day.  We both come from Irish ancestors. Craig’s grandmother’s maiden name was Gertrude Holmes. Rhonda’s grandmother was Mary Dorothea O’Donnell, and Mary Dorothea’s father was Patrick O’Donnell.  Can you really get any more Irish than that?   Whether you are Irish or just want to be, we have a fun little cocktail for you to toast your lads and lassies.  You will believe that you were Mint to Be Irish.

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Just like the lucky three leaf clover, this cocktail is made with three delicious spirits — Kerrygold Irish Cream, Zaya Rum, and Branca Menta.

Add 2 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream, 1 ounce of Zaya Rum, and 1/2 ounce of Branca Menta to a shaker.  Top with a scoop of ice and shake for 20-30 seconds.  Pour into a small cordial glass and garnish with a mint leaf.

Yummo!  This tasty sipper will have you kissing the Blarney Stone and dancing an Irish jig.

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Visit our website to get a printable version of the recipe.

This tasty little cordial made with Kerrygold Irish Cream, Zaya Rum and Branca Menta will have your dancing an Irish jig in no time.

We would love to hear if you try Mint to Be Irish or any of our ideas on our blog.  Be on the lookout for a bonus post coming in the next week.

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Disclaimer: The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Never drink and drive.