Orange You Glad It’s Carpano?

We are a little late posting this week.  As usual we had a busy weekend and then Rhonda was a little under the weather, don’t worry though, Rhonda’s feeling better and ready to post about this week’s delicious, easy and light Fall cocktail — Orange You Glad It’s Carpano? (We got a little help from Blind Piglet #2 with the name ;))

Rhonda made this refreshing cocktail for a soup luncheon with her friends a couple of weeks ago.  The Orange You Glad It’s Carpano pairs nicely with Italian food.  Since Carpano Antica Vermouth is an aromatized wine product, it is a refreshing and light alternative to a red wine.  It is perfect cocktail for a luncheon, because it doesn’t make you feel full or drowsy.

To make the Orange You Glad It’s Carpano, you only need three basic ingredients: Carpano Antica Vermouth, orange sparkling water, (we used Orange La Croix) and a fresh orange for garnish.  The ombre effect of the caramel colored Carpano with the La Croix and the slice of orange garnish makes for a cocktail that looks like Fall.

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Serve this cocktail up this weekend or as a pre-Thanksgiving cocktail. Your guests will be asking for more. Orange you glad?

 

 

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

Fall All Over

A few weeks ago we promised you some great recipes for the Fall, since tomorrow is the first day of the season, we thought that we would share a newly found recipe that is light, fun, refreshing and little bit out of most people’s wheelhouse.  However, this cocktail will certainly not disappoint.

We make this recipe with gin as the base ingredient. We have shared other gin based drinks with you in the past like, Jingle Gin Punch, Rosa Spritz, Gin and Tonic, Cucumber Gin Spritz, and Double Thyme.  Other ingredients you will need for Fall All Over are apple juice, lemon juice, ginger beer and an apple for garnish.

Shake the gin and juices in a shaker.  Pour over ice.  Top off with ginger beer and garnish with a slice of apple.  It’s so uncomplicated!

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This drink is deliciously light and refreshing– not too heavy or boozy.  It is a great cocktail for soaking in the fall colors on your front porch or when you are wrapped up in a blanket around your outside fireplace enjoying the sights and smells of fall, or watching your favorite football team score a touchdown.  Enjoy this drink with a bowl of Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn or a nice meat and cheese board and you have a winning combination.

What are your favorite fall traditions and winning combinations?  We would love to hear from you.

 

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

 

Bianco Sangria

It’s been high school homecoming week in Allen, Texas.  We are sharing a few of the many pics with you of Blind Pig #2 and his lovely date.  If you are not from the Lone Star State, you may not be familiar with the homecoming mum tradition.  What can we say, ” Bigger, better….”  You know the phrase. 🙂

Along with football, homecoming and mums, we like to celebrate Fall with a some Bianco Sangria.  Throw some fall fruits into a pitcher and mix some up for yourself! We added apples, plums, pears, and peaches to our pitcher.  We start with some white wine, Carpano Bianco, apple brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup and angostura bitters.

Cut your fresh fruit into small bite size pieces and place in your pitcher.

Add other ingredients to the pitcher and stir gently.  Our recipe called for simple syrup, but we thought that the brandy and wine made the sangria very sweet.  The next time we make this recipe we are leaving out the simple syrup.  Place your pitcher in the fridge and let it sit for 4-8 hours.  Serve chilled and enjoy.

 

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Make some Bianco Sangria today kick ball and watch some football and let us know what you think!

 

 

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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Happy Anniversary, Blind Pig

The Blind Pig Blog has made one trip around the sun!  Yes, this week marks our one year anniversary of The Blind Pig Blog.  What an adventure this year has been! We are so grateful to our faithful subscribers who have joined us in this fun adventure. Each post has had its own special flare and flavor.  At the end of 2017 we posted our Top Ten most popular posts for the year.  This week, we want to take you on a trip down memory lane and share our personal favorites with you.

10. Spiked Honey Watermelon Limeade

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We first shared this delicious beverage with you during our Watermelon Wars.  Not only is the drink fun to make, but it is a great drink for summer cookouts or pool parties.

9. The Royal Hurricane

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The Royal Hurricane is one of the newer members of The Blind Pig cache, but will most likely be a crowd favorite at our household this summer.  It’s an excellent beach or lakeside drink.

8. Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls

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No one makes rolls like Grandma Ruth, but these are a great substitute when Grandma is not near.

7.  Kerrygold French Toast

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This recipe is a must-have at your next brunch.  By the way, Mother’s Day is just right around the corner.

6. Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

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This post is one our favs because it was so darn easy to make, and was such a delightful surprise!

5. Zaya Banana Bread

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Zaya Banana Bread is hands down the BEST banana bread we have ever had.  It even tastes better after a day or two.

4. Kerrygold Ice Cream

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This post was probably our most overlooked post, and it was definitely one of the best recipes we shared with you.  It is such an easy way to make homemade ice cream, and it is delish!  The chocolate sauce is a dream, too.

3. Caffe Borghetti Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie

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Six words: Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie.  Need we say more?

2. Mary Ann or Ginger?

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This fun, easy drink is a crowd pleaser and one of our favorites to serve at get-togethers and gatherings.

1. The Skinny Agave Margaritathe skinny agave margarita

This post started it all.  Not only does The Skinny Agave Margarita taste great, it is a versatile crowd pleaser for any social gathering.  Besides, who doesn’t appreciate a good margarita every now and then?

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We are closing out this post with a shout out to Blind Piglet #1.  She turns 21 years old today!  Happy Birthday. XOXO

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You Had Me at Pumpkin Spice

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Did we mention that Rhonda loves fall?  Along with the season of fall, Rhonda loves pumpkin spice.  She will try anything as long as it has pumpkin spice in the title… well almost anything.  She even has a shirt that she wears every fall to commemorate her love for pumpkin spice.  We don’t really know when this love of pumpkins began.  It may date back to her love of the fairy tale of Cinderella as a small child.

Imagine her delight when she found a drink with 5 simple ingredients that she can toast to her love of pumpkin spice. This drink meets the standards of easy and tasty. We hope that you, too, will be able to celebrate your appreciation for the flavor of fall with a toast to this drink as well. 

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Thanks to Craig’s colleagues who had dinner with us this week and taste tested some of our pumpkin recipes. It is always more fun to try out new recipes with friends and family!

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Golden Pumpkin Spice Martini

  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
  • 2 oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream
  • 1 dash of pumpkin spice
  • 1 dash of vanilla
  • whipped cream and chocolate syrup for garnish

Add pumpkin puree, vodka, irish cream, dash of pumpkin pie spice and dash of vanilla to shaker.  Add 1 cup of ice.  Shake for 30 seconds. Strain.  Pour into serving glass drizzled with chocolate syrup for garnish.  Top off drink with a small dab of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.  Cheers!

We dressed this drink up with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.  We drizzled the inside of the our martini glass with some chocolate syrup to accessorize the drink.  We first mentioned this garnishing technique back in the post  Who Needs Half-Price Shakes After 8?

Do you know how to correctly shake a drink? Rhonda used to shake drinks vertically until Craig pointed out that the correct way to shake a drink is to make sure that the shaker is horizontal to the ground.  Who knew?  It does make sense, though.  The ingredients mix better when the shaker is turned on its side.  So let us see you shake, shake, shake!

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The Golden Pumpkin Spice Martini is the perfect fall drink.  Can’t you see your Thanksgiving guests sipping on this prior to their Thanksgiving Meal?  It is not too heavy and it is not too sweet.  It is a great drink for sitting around a fire with cozy blankets on a cool fall evening.  Let us know if you try it out.  We’d love to hear from you.

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