Espresso Oreo Shake

The Blind Pig household survived snowmaggedon in Texas and now we are looking toward spring break and warmer weather!  What better way to celebrate warmer temperatures and sunshine than with a little ice cream pick-me-up?

Rhonda got the idea for this shake one day while she was sitting at her favorite fast food drink stop… Sonic!  There was an advertisement for a new espresso shake on the kiosk.  Rhonda thought, “I can make an espresso shake for adults that tastes better than that!”  At that point a star was born, she came home and mixed up this easy, but satisfying recipe for an adult espresso shake.

To make this shake you need only a few basic ingredients: vanilla ice cream (our choice — Blue Bell), a little bit of milk, some crumbled Oreos, and some Caffe’ Borghetti espresso liqueur.

Place all of these ingredients into your blender. Blend.  Garnish with some whipped cream and an Oreo cookie.  Delish!

We served ours in small tall serving glasses as a petite dessert. It was just enough to let ourselves indulge a bit without adding on too many calories.  You may want to serve yours in a larger glass.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at http://www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Espresso Oreo Shake.

What are you waiting for?  Go grab some Oreos and start making your shake!

 

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.

Caffe’ Toffee Ice Cream

We know what you are thinking.  You saw the title of this post and thought, “Enough with the ice cream!”  We know. We know.  We just couldn’t help ourselves.  The base ice cream recipe that we used for Boozy Berry Ice Cream was so delicious and turned out so well, that we just had to try it with another flavor.  Can we just tell you that once again this ice cream did not disappoint!  Is “Ice Cream Connoisseur” an official job title?  And if it is where do we apply?

This ice cream delicioso is made from the same base that we used a few weeks ago.  However, this time after mixing the base, we added one quarter cup of Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur (We know but it’s so versatile!!!) and a half cup of Heath Bits.  Mix those well into the ice cream base after you have frozen the base in your ice cream freezer.  Place in plastic container in the freezer and 2-3 hours later get ready to enjoy!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for Caffe’ Toffee Ice Cream.

The hint of coffee flavor mixed with the bits of toffee surprise make an excellent pairing for this creamy ice cream.  If you try it out, we would love to hear what you think!

 

Boozy Berry Ice Cream

We love our little blog. It pushes us to be creative and look for new ideas and recipes.  Just like when you read a terrific book or see a riveting movie, you can’t wait to talk to someone else about it, we can’t wait to share our latest and greatest discoveries with you each week.  After more than four years of writing our blog, we still occasionally come across an idea or a recipe that exceeds our expectations.  This week is one of those posts.  Boozy Berry Ice Cream  was a little experiment that we thought we would try out — we weren’t sure if it was exactly blog material.  This funny little meme expresses how surprised we were after tasting Boozy Berry Ice Cream.  Hopefully you like this week’s recipe as much as we did.

We (Rhonda) found the base recipe for our ice cream from an old post from Southern Living that Rhonda saved from 2013.  Although this recipe requires you to use an ice cream freezer, it is quite simple to follow and is worth the effort.  This is a delicious ice cream recipe for any flavor you would like to enjoy.  It is made from cream cheese, half and half, sugar, buttermilk, vanilla and salt.  The flavor of our ice cream was inspired by our favorite Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie.  For the added flavor we used tequila, fresh strawberries, fresh basil, strawberry preserves, and crushed pretzels.

First make the base of the ice cream and process the ingredients in a blender.  Cover and chill the base for at least 2 hours.  Next you will pour the mixture into your ice cream freezer. (We had not pulled ours down from the highest shelf in the garage for over three years…) Freeze the ice cream according to the directions that came with your ice cream freezer.  While the freezer is freezing the ice cream, prepare the other ingredients.  Stir together tequila, chopped fresh strawberries, strawberry preserves and fresh basil.  Next crush the pretzels.  When the ice cream freezer stops, remove the ice cream and stir in strawberry mixture and pretzels making sure to mix well.  Place in a tightly covered plastic container in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a printable recipe of Boozy Berry Ice Cream.

Rhonda knew this was going to be good as soon as she licked the paddle from the ice cream freezer.  The creamy, rich flavor of the ice cream is a delicious base for any flavor…look for other flavors coming your way soon!

Do you have an ice cream freezer?  Give this recipe a try this weekend.  You will be glad that you did.

 

Treat Yourself with Mint Brownie Ice Cream Dessert

This week you are in for a real treat with Mint Brownie Ice Cream Dessert.  This cool treat combines many of our favs, such as chocolate, mint, and ice cream.  However, we must be honest with you that this dessert had to overcome several obstacles in order to be shared on The Blind Pig Blog.  For starters, Craig and Blind Piglet #1 ate a portion of the Andes Mints before they made it to the top of the dessert as a garnish.  (You may notice that the mints sprinkled on top are a little sparse.) Then there was the problem of the quickly disappearing dessert.  Rhonda wasn’t sure if the dessert was evaporating in the freezer or if a band of gypsies had visited The Blind Pig Household and eaten the dessert over night.  We’ve been through a lot to bring you this recipe, but we shall overcome! 😉

To make this amazing disappearing dessert you will need a brownie mix, 1 package of Andes mints, vanilla ice cream and Brancamenta liqueur.  First mix the brownie mix as directed on the package, and add the Brancamenta into the batter. Then sprinkle chopped Andes mints into the batter and mix well. Next pour the brownie batter into a greased spring form pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.  Make sure to check the center of the brownie with a wooden skewer to check that the brownie is done, before removing from the oven.  Let the brownie cool completely.

Remove ice cream from the freezer and soften for about 20 minutes.  Spoon ice cream over brownie and spread evenly.  Sprinkle with remaining chopped mints for garnish. Place in the freezer for about 3 hours or until firm.

When ready to serve, let dessert stand at room temperature for a few minutes.  Remove sides of spring form pan.  Cut into slices and serve. Don’t blink, because this dessert will be gone before you know it!

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The Blind Pig Household loved this dessert!  They even placed Mint Brownie Ice Cream Dessert as a very close second to the Caffe’ Borghetti Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie, which is an enviable  compliment to be bestowed on any dessert.  As we were enjoying this dessert, we thought of many delicious variations that can be made with this recipe.  Want a chocolate caramel dessert?  Add a layer of caramel syrup between the brownie and ice cream layer. You could add a layer of fudge topping or sprinkles on top.  Change the ice cream flavor for a fun variation.  Don’t be surprised if you see a version of this recipe on The Blind Pig Blog again.

Enjoy your weekend and let us know if you made Mint Brownie Ice Cream Dessert, we’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert

This past Sunday was National Ice Cream Day, and any loyal Blind Pig reader can tell you that ice cream is definitely one of our weaknesses!  How can it not be?  This week we have a delicious frozen dessert with a boozy bite to share with you: Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert.

This dessert is a low prep dessert for an impressive return on your investment.  Aside from the taste and the instant visual appeal, this dessert can be made hours or days ahead of your social event.  It is the perfect summer dessert, because you do not need to heat up the oven and risk making your kitchen hot.

The Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert is made with brandy, Creme de Cacao, and Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.  The boozy flavor of this dessert can be attributed to the combination of the trio of liqueurs with ice cream.

To create this yummy treat, you will need to place 5-6 scoops of ice cream in a blender along with a portion of the 3 liqueurs.  Blend the ice cream and then pour the mixture into a large bowl.  You will do this step 3-4 times until all of the ice cream has been blended with the liqueur.  Next stir the ice cream mixture well to make sure that the liqueur is well blended with the ice cream.  After mixing, ladle the ice cream mixture into serving glasses.

Place in the freezer until ready to serve (about an hour or two).  Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and Pirouette cookies.   Because of the alcohol content in this dessert, we recommend it for adults only.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete downloadable recipe for Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert.

Try Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert this weekend or check out some of our other great frozen treats!

Butterfinger Bourbon Pie

Caffe’ Borghetti PBIF Pie

TBPB Cannonball!

Choco Menta Shake

Espresso Ice Cream

Kerrygold Caramel Shake

Oreo Menta Shake

Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

 

Happy Memorial Day with a Toffee Surprise

Although the past couple of months have felt like years, we have finally made it to the unofficial start of Summer.  Congratulations!  Last night The Blind Pig Family watched Blind Piglet #2 graduate from high school in a  semi-graduation made for the era of social distancing.  With some closure on the school year, we are ready to feel the good vibes of summer and social distance ourselves from constantly thinking about COVID.

If you are bringing on those good vibes at the lake or beach this weekend or you are hanging out in your own backyard, we have a delicious and extremely easy dessert you can make.

To make the Toffee Surprise you need only three ingredients: your favorite vanilla ice cream, Heath toffee bits, and Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.  We made our dessert with Blue Bell’s Vanilla Bean ice cream, and you can find the Heath Toffee bits on the baking aisle of your grocery store.  If you can’t find the toffee bits, you improvise by purchasing Heath bars and breaking them into tiny bits.

Place 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream into individual serving bowls or glasses.  Sprinkle with the toffee bits.  Don’t be afraid to be generous with the sprinkling!  Finally drizzle Caffe’ Borghetti over the top of the toffee bits and ice cream. Then you are ready to serve!  If you want to make your dessert ahead of time, you can prep the desserts and place in the freezer until ready to serve.  The Borghetti will solidify some, but it still has a great flavor and appeal!

The combo of toffee and coffee make this dessert a super yummy treat!  Try Toffee Surprise this weekend and let us know what you think!

     

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.

If you are viewing this post via email and would like a full printable version of our recipe for Oreo Menta Shake, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog.

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.

Top Posts of 2019

The holiday haze is almost clearing around The Blind Pig household.  Everyone will be back to school and work next week.  We had such a wonderful holiday season.  In early December we visited Blind Piglet #1 in NYC.

Later in December we were with family and friends in Missouri.  Our niece got married, and we took in a KC Chiefs football game.

We came back home to Dallas and lucked into some tickets to go to the NHL Winter Classic.  No one can ever accuse our family of not making the most out of time off of work and school.

This week we wanted to take a look back at 2019.  We were busy around The Blind Pig Blog, and we are taking some time to reflect on all that we shared with you this past year.  We broke it down into two categories — Your Top Posts and Our Top Posts.  Take a scroll down the page with us as we reminisce.

Your Top Posts for 2019

Savannah Special

This wonderful concoction was dreamed up to celebrate Blind Piglet #1’s graduation from MIZZOU and into the big, big world to seek her fortune. It is a great large batch drink for any spring or summer soiree.

Italian Negroni

We brought this one to you because Negroni’s originated in Italia.  It is almost sacrilegious to create a Negroni without all Italian ingredients.  Enjoy this cocktail the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Life Is Short Make It Sweet

This yummy Prosecco twist on traditional strawberry shortcake is a showstopper.  It is the perfect spring and summer dessert to serve.

Fall All Over

This yummy autumnal cocktail is simple and refreshing.  It is just right for when the cool Fall days start to hit.

Spiked Pecan Bars

We agree with you that these are delicious!  Every once-in-awhile a recipe really surprises you and we agree that this one hit it out of the park.

Our Top Posts for 2019

Day Drinking

This beverage has become our go-to drink when we just want something light and not too powerful.  We order it often at our local neighborhood restaurant, Spazo’s.

Espresso Ice Cream

How could we have a top ten list without a minimum of one ice cream recipe?  This ice cream is as smooth to make as it is to taste.

Reverse Manhattan

Just like the Italian Negroni we featured above, the Reverse Manhattan is a great way to experience a classic cocktail with a different twist.

Easy Espresso Cake

We sure featured a lot of espresso recipes on TBPB this year.  We don’t see that slowing down anytime soon. (Hint, hint) This cake is a winner no matter where you take it or who you serve it to.

The Moon Walk

Our history buff family could not let this opportunity slide without one more nod to the lunar landing.  Besides, it is a great cocktail too!

Stick around to see what great recipes and posts 2020 will bring!

 

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

Celebrate Summer with Ice Cream

We got away for a few days to spend some time at the gorgeous white sand beaches of Florida to soak in the sun.

Now it is time to think about the 4th of July and fireworks!  If you have hung around our blog long enough you know that ice cream is a favorite summer treat for our family.  This week we are taking a look back at 9 great ice cream favs to try this summer.

Treat #1: Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

This is one our favorite ice cream desserts.  The strawberry, tequila, and pretzel crust make an interesting but very tasty combination.

Treat #2: Kerrygold Ice Cream

Hands down, this is the easiest, yummiest homemade ice cream we’ve ever tried.  The recipe is so basic and simple that it is easy to adapt for other flavors.

Treat #3: Kerrygold Caramel Shake

 

This shake is like discovering a gold mine of ice cream and chocolate delight.  The easy recipe makes this a fun and quick dessert for any guest.

Treat #4: Mojito Ice Cream

Based on the same recipe as treat #2, this ice cream has a rum and mint twist.  Serve with a sprig of fresh lime and let the refreshing, cool taste wash over you!

Treat #5: Cafe’ Borghetti PBIF Pie

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie is Craig’s favorite dessert of all time!  The chocolate sauce mixed with the crispy peanut butter crust is a delicious combination.

Treat #6: Cannonball

We shared this treat with you in May.  Like other ice cream treats, this can easily be adapted for a range of flavors and tastes.  We are thinking about making a red, white and blue combo for the 4th.  What do you think?

Treat #7: Espresso Ice Cream

Have you tried this one yet?  We (Rhonda) recently finished the last few bites of this yummy treat that were left in our freezer.  Don’t forget to check out the fun serving suggestions included in this post.

Treat #8: Choco Menta Shake

The king of our ice cream treats — The Choco Menta Shake!  If you are a mint chocolate chip or a Girl Scout Thin Mint fan, this is the shake for you.  Stay extra cool on the inside and out with this special treat.

Treat #9: Borghetti Coke Float

So easy, so tasty, and so fresh!  Remind yourself what it was like to be a kid — only better, by trying the Borghetti Coke Float.

Which treat is your favorite? Try one or try them all.  We’d love to hear about it.

 

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.