A Better Aperol Spritz

aperol spritzHello Friends!  How was your week?  We have been busy around The Blind Pig Headquarters searching and trying out a lot of new recipes to share with you!  However, before we move on to something new, we wanted to share a classic cocktail with you that we feel we have actually made a little bit better.

Remember a couple of months ago when we went to California for a much needed anniversary trip?  We stayed at our friend Mike’s house and he offered to make us an Aperol Spritz.  Normally, Rhonda perks up at anything with the name of spritz because she knows it contains prosecco or something else bubbly and delicious.  However, Rhonda has tried Aperol Spritz’s in the past.  They were all the rage when she visited Blind Piglet #1 in London last spring.  This classic cocktail has been a little bit heavy on the Aperol side, which takes some acquired taste.  However, Mike’s Aperol Spritz was very drinkable and delicious.  So Mike shared his secret sauce with us!

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To make an Aperol Spritz you need: Aperol, chilled prosecco, and olives in saltwater.  What is Aperol?  Aperol is an apertif made in Italy.  It has a bitterness to it — thus why Rhonda did not like the flavor. The olives we used were purchased at Whole Foods.  You want to make sure to splurge and buy some higher end olives to round out the bitterness of the Aperol.  And while you’re at it — toss in more than one.

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Place a large cube of ice in your glass.  It is very trendy to now serve an Aperol Spritz in a large cabernet wine glass.  Since it is a classic cocktail it also has a distinct appeal in a rocks glass — especially when you use a large block of ice.  Next pour in a ounce and half of Aperol over the ice.  Pour 2 ounces of chilled prosecco over the Aperol.  Finish with an olive or two.  Sip and Savor.  If the Aperol is too strong for your taste, just add a little more prosecco to your glass.

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Will you enjoy a classic Aperol Spritz this weekend?  We would love to hear about it!

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Rojo

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Happy Fall Friends!  Just when we think it is never going to return, we feel that crisp breeze and the scent of Fall is in the air.  In Texas, Fall is a very welcome old friend and a great time to sit on the patio with friends and loved ones sipping on a delightful cocktail.  This week we are sharing a cocktail with you that complements the season well. The Rojo has a full bodied flavor that is perfect for sipping on a cool autumn night around a fire.

To make the Rojo, you will need Zaya Rum or another high quality dark rum, fresh lime juice, brown sugar syrup, and medium bodied red wine. To make the brown sugar syrup, follow the same directions for making simple syrup.  This time you will use a 1:1 ratio of brown sugar and water.

The Rojo gives us an opportunity to share some new elements with you that are popular on the cocktail scene.  The first new element is the trend to garnish drinks with dehydrated citrus fruits.  We adapted the recipe a bit, and noticed that it was garnished with a dehydrated lime.  So we partook in a little experiment to see how to go about creating this effect.  Apparently, dehydration has become popular in many bars and restaurants to prevent wasting so many citrus fruits at the end of a shift.

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To dehydrate limes we thinly sliced a lime.  Then we placed the limes on parchment paper on a baking sheet.  We set our oven as low as it would go, which was 200 degrees.  If you can set your oven lower, we would suggest trying it.  Place the baking sheet in the oven and let the limes slowly bake.  This process will take almost all day long.  We checked on our limes every hour- two to make sure that they were not burning.  After about 4 hours, we took our limes out of the oven and flipped them over.  As you can see, our limes dehydrated and caramelized a bit. However, if you are lucky enough to have a dehydrator, your limes will only dry and not change color.  We still think that our dehydrated lime gives our drink and interesting garnish, and the limes are now sitting in our pantry ready to be used for other drinks or plopped in a glass of ice water for a lime flavor.

Another fun element that brings a little extra sizzle to your cocktails is adding a red-wine floater.  To create this effect in your cocktail you make the cocktail as directed and pour into your glass.  Then very gently drizzle wine over the back of a spoon to disperse the wine atop the cocktail.  This creates a thin layer of wine at the top of the drink, and makes for a visually pleasing cocktail.  If you need to see how to make a float in action, we found this helpful video on YouTube.

The last element that makes this drink special is ice.  We have shared with you before the importance of matching the right ice to the right cocktail.  You want to use a large cube with the Rojo.  If you don’t, the floater will not have as big of an effect and the drink will have less visual appeal.

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We would love to hear what you think about the Rojo.  It is a fun drink to make and even better to drink!  Happy Fall.

  

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Italian Negroni

italian negroniHey friends, June 4th kicks off National Negroni week.   We have been saving our Italian Negroni just for this special occasion.  “Never tried a negroni,” you say.  If you are into classic cocktails, this week will be a real treat for you.

Negronis are said to have come about in Florence when an  Italian count suggested that the club soda in his Americano be replaced with gin. The key words in the above sentence are Italian and gin.  The negroni is an Italian creation.  Typically when most bartenders think of gin, they do not grab for an Italian gin.  To properly bring the negroni back to its original roots, we are pairing it with an all Italian cast.

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In our Italian Negroni we use 3 Italian liquors: Malfy Originale Gin (We told you about Malfy Limone in the Cucumber Gin Spritz.), Carpano Antica Vermouth (which we told you about in our Carpano Sangria recipe last summer), and Campari.  The Italian Negroni is a true classic cocktail with an aggressive taste profile.

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This recipe is so easy to make.  Pour 1 ounce of Malfi Gin, 1 ounce of Carpano Antica Vermouth, and 1 ounce of Campari into a rocks glass.  Garnish with an orange peel and ice.  We chose to use one of our ice spheres in our cocktail.

This cocktail is a great beverage to serve dads on Father’s Day, or for a guys’ night out.  Let us know if you try it out!

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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, and never drink and drive.

Classic Boulevardier

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Hey friends.  For those of you who are new to our blog, welcome.  We are glad you stopped by.  To our loyal followers, we hope you have some Beer Brisket cooking in your crockpot for the big game on Sunday night.  This week we are going back to classic cocktails to give you two great ways to make a Boulevardier.

The word boulevardier, according to Webster’s Dictionary, refers to men who were worldly and socially active.  The first boulevardiers got their name from the thoroughfares they frequented: the boulevards of Paris.  Unlike many nicknames, “boulevardier” is generally a complimentary term. It is quite fitting that this term refers to men, because the boulevardier drink is usually a drink that appeals to men over women.  Craig loves Boulevardiers — Rhonda not so much.  They are very alcohol forward, but a great crowd pleaser for those who want a classic cocktail vibe.

Here’s how we make ours.  We made a large batch for a party that we hosted.  We started it two weeks prior to the party, so the flavors had plenty of time to blend and mature prior to serving.

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Templeton Rye, Carpano Antica Formula, and Campari are needed to make a Classic Boulevardier.

We used our infusion barrel.  Prior to using a barrel like this, make sure to fill it and soak it in water for a few hours.  You want the wood to expand and seal against itself.  Otherwise, you will have your drink leaking everywhere, and you don’t want that!

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We filled the barrel with 1 liter of Templeton Rye Whiskey.  Rye whiskey is a key ingredient in a Classic Boulevardier.  You don’t want any whiskey other than rye.  Next add 1 liter of Carpano Antica Formula.  We shared Carpano Antica with you back when we made our Sangria. Next add 750 milliliters of Campari, and finally add in about a teaspoon of Angostura bitters.

Most barrels do not have large openings, so make sure you have a funnel handy for pouring the liquor.  You can also use the funnel pour spouts like we have in the photos.  After two weeks, pour in a rocks glass and serve with a single large cube of ice. Sip slowly and enjoy.

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Classic Boulevardier

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Classic Boulevardier

  • 1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula
  • 1 ounce Templeton Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4  ounce of Campari
  • dash of Angostura Bitters

Stir and pour into a rocks glass.  Serve.

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