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).

 

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Flower Power Part 3: Hibiscus Margarita

This past week has been a little tough on both of us.  We took Blind Piglet #2 to college last week. Although he is a very independent and capable piglet, it was hard to leave him in a different city and state to make the trek back home to Texas.  To add insult to injury, his birthday was yesterday.  We celebrated before he left town, but there is always a strange empty hole in a parent’s core when you realize that you might not be the first one to wish your child happy birthday each year … anymore.  Did any of his new friends at school realized his birthday came and went?

As life moves on, so do the seasons and we are nearing the end of summer and transitioning to fall.  As one of our last homages to summer we conclude our special Flower Power Series this week with the Hibiscus Margarita.

We made this most excellent drink for our going away party for Blind Piglet #2 as we ate our Torchy’s Tacos and queso.  The crowd loved the margs and we think you will too.

Good margaritas are so easy to make with fresh ingredients.  We don’t want to know if you use a margarita mix.  It will hurt our hearts!  To make the Hibiscus Margarita you will need hibiscus syrup that we made in our Hibiscus Spritz post.  (We have been using the same batch for our hibiscus beverages all summer.  We just keep it in a plastic sealed container in the fridge.)  Other ingredients include tequila, fresh lime juice, cocktail ready agave nectar and orange liqueur.

This recipe is a large batch recipe so it was perfect for mixing up early. It was ready to serve once guests arrived.  We made a double batch of our recipe for a group of 6 adults.

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The Hibiscus Margarita has a glorious color and creates a festive mood when served with Mexican food.  It is easy to garnish and has a delicious fruity flavor.

This wraps up our Flower Power series for the summer of 2020.  Here is a quick look back at the other hibiscus drinks we featured this season.

Hibiscus Spritz

Hibiscus Mule

We hope your summer is winding down with some fun in the sun and great cocktails… even if you are missing someone a little!

 

Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Please, 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!

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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.

 

Flower Power: Hibiscus Spritz

We feel like we are living in the tropics with the strong Texas heat and steamy humidity.  As they say, “When you can’t beat them, join them.”  The equatorial weather has inspired us to try using a tropical hibiscus in a few cocktails.   The results surpassed our expectations, and they will for you too when you try out our Hibiscus Spritz.

We have been curious about making cocktails with this safe-to-drink tropical flower for a few years.  However, we had never quite figured out how to get enough hibiscus blooms to get the job done.  Rhonda always has a hibiscus plant or two on the patio, but plucking and gathering blooms all summer long didn’t seem like an efficient way to make the hibiscus syrup.  After some research we realized you could purchase hibiscus blooms on the internet (The Spice House). We lucked out and found some at our local Sprout’s.   Finding the blooms, which can also be called flor de Jamaica, is the most difficult part of this cocktail.

After you get the dried hibiscus blooms, you will need to make some hibiscus syrup.  We used 4 cups of water, 1 cup of dried hibiscus blooms, 1 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of lime juice.  Bring the water to a boil.  Reduce the heat and add the blooms, sugar and lime juice. Simmer for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Strain liquid into a container that can be covered and stored in the refrigerator.  This will make about 4 cups of hibiscus syrup.

Place vodka, hibiscus syrup and lime juice into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.  Top off with ginger ale. We always like to use diet so Craig can watch his waistline.  Garnish with a lime wheel or use a hibiscus flower if you have one available.  (See we told you that finding the hibiscus blooms was the hardest part!)

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This cocktail has a light, fruity flavor and a gorgeous, rich, red color.  It is definitely going to be one of our easy go-to cocktails the next time we have guests on the patio. 🙂  Who knew the power of this potent flower could make such an impact?

 

 

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