A Look Back At Summer

This post is very difficult for us to write.  We start celebrating summer around Cinco de Mayo in The Blind Pig house, and we enjoy every stinking hot, muggy minute of it.  What can we say?  We are summer people.  We like backyard barbecues, sipping cute cocktails with little umbrellas, taking a dip in the pool and the smell of sunscreen.  As we bid Summer farewell, we thought we would rewind and replay the tape of some of our summer recipes and the memories we shared with you this summer.  Let’s take a look shall we?

We kicked off our summer season with Cinco de Mayo and the Raspberry Margarita.

Then we celebrated Memorial Day with the Toffee Surprise.

We had so much fun sitting by the pool with the Just Peachy Popsicle.

June was enjoyable relaxing on the deck with the Mint Highball and our unofficial drink of summer the Fernet Branca Collins.  Craig even traveled with the recipe on a piece of paper and ordered it when we dined al fresco at restaurants around Big D.


Who can forget the surprise pie hit of the summer? Butterfinger Bourbon Pie! It melted our hearts almost as much as the summer heat was melting us.

July was a firecracker with the Red, White and Blue Smash and some flower power with the Hibiscus Spritz.

August was in full bloom with the Hibiscus Mule and Hibiscus Margarita.

The Mint Brownie Ice Cream Dessert made a spectacular summer splash.

You can’t forget about keeping our cool with the two amazing ice creams of 2020–  Boozy Berry Ice Cream and Caffe’ Toffee Ice Cream.

If you missed out on one of these amazing treats this summer, don’t worry.  You still have time to try them out.   Summer 2020 was a delicious and “unprecedented” summer. We can’t wait to see what the fall will bring.

Before we sign off, we can’t resist raising our glasses to the Dallas Stars!  They pulled off a win against the Colorado Avalanche last night in a game 7 win.  The Blind Pig household is happy (at least until the next series starts).


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

Flower Power Part 2: Hibiscus Mule

We hope you are soaking in your last days of summer.  Blind Piglet #3 went back to school this week for his final year of high school, and we take Piglet #2 to college in Kansas City this week.  Since we are still basking in the rays of summer, we thought it was appropriate to share Flower Power Part 2 with you!

You may remember a few weeks ago when we shared the Hibiscus Spritz on The Blind Pig.  We talked about our hunt for hibiscus blooms and how to create hibiscus concentrate.  We have another great hibiscus drink this week.  If you are a mule fan you will be delighted to try the Hibiscus Mule!

Like all mules, ginger beer and vodka are the base components of this delightful recipe, and, of course, we added in hibiscus concentrate  to give it some flower power. However, we would like to introduce you to the new kid on the block, Carpano Botanic Bitter.  This new kid has been in the Fratelli Branca vault for awhile, but was just recently released for consumption in the the United States.   How can it not be a great fit for Flower Power Part 2 with the word Botanic in its name?  We’ve had some Carpano Botanic Bitter in our household for several weeks, but had to keep our lips sealed until if officially hit the shelves.  If you live near a Total Wine, you are in luck! Don’t be afraid to ask your favorite liquor store for it.  Managers are often willing to bring in products that their customers are looking for.

So how do you make this delicious cocktail?  Fill a mug with ice.  Add vodka, hibiscus flower concentrate and Carpano Botanic Bitter.  Top off with chilled ginger beer and stir.  Garnish with your favorite berries.  It is so easy, tasty and fresh!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full recipe for the Hibiscus Mule.

So what do you think?  Are you going to stir up a Hibiscus Mule and soak in some sun this weekend?   We think that’s an excellent idea.