Kicking Off Summer with a Carpano Botanic Spritz

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Do you have big plans?  We are enjoying spending time with the Piglets.  We are all back together because Piglet #3 graduated from high school last weekend!  Now we are looking forward to taking our masks off and soaking up the summer!  Anyone who is into summer also needs the perfect summer cocktail, so we are sharing one of Rhonda’s favorites the Carpano Botanic Spritz.

If you are a fan of the Aperol Spritz you will love the Carpano Botanic Spritz even more! We have shared other posts with you using Carpano Botanic Bitter, such as, the Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz , and the Chocolate Negroni.    Carpano Botanic Bitter is a better ingredient choice in your cocktails because it has 10 essential rare botanicals that create its delicious flavor.  It is made with 40 percent less sugar than comparable bitters which makes it less syrupy and sweet.

The Carpano Botanic Spritz is a wonderful patio sipper because it is a light and refreshing cocktail that doesn’t give you the alcohol fog that other cocktails produce. The reddish pink color makes for an appetizing appeal for any occasion.  Of course, anything with a few bubbles added in is perfect, according to our criteria.

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What are you waiting for?  Find the nearest patio and order or mix up a Carpano Botanic Spritz right now!  Happy Memorial Day weekend.

 

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

Hugs and Kisses for the Raspberry Mojito

Valentine’s Day is just days away.  You might have big intentions for your sweetie,  you might be keeping it low key, or perhaps you have a big Gal-entine’s Day celebration on the horizon.  No matter how your Valentine’s Day works out, we have a great little cocktail to share with you — The Raspberry Mojito.  This cocktail hits all of The Blind Pig’s major requirements.  It’s easy to make. It’s very tasty, and the raspberries and mint give it a punch of fresh.

We start with easy ingredients which are on hand in most liquor and grocery stores this time of year.  You will need a package of fresh raspberries, mint leaves, lime juice, cocktail-ready agave nectar, white rum, and Prosecco.  Strawberries are usually a popular berry around Valentine’s Day. However, we liked that the raspberries still give the drink a pretty pinkish color, but were a little different than the traditional fare.  The Prosecco gives it a touch of romance.  Guys, this is a great way to have a little bubbly, but show you made some extra effort to make a cocktail special for your sweetheart. Wink. Wink.

Place 6 ounces of raspberries in the bottom of a shaker and muddle along with the lime juice, agave nectar, and mint leaves.  Double strain into a wine glass.  Pour rum into the glass. Top off with Prosecco and add ice. Garnish with a stem of mint leaves and several raspberries.  What a lovely drink.

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How will show your love or friendship this Valentine’s Day?  We’d love to hear about it.

Need some other great Valentine’s ideas from The Blind Pig Blog?  Check these past posts out.

Espresso Fudge

The Love Triangle

Love You More Cookies

Tickle Me Pink

Rose Old Fashioned

 

 

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

Dessert Ready in a Prosecco

This week I am pulling back the curtain on this post.  It is going to be solely authored by me, Rhonda.  No “we” or “us” as I narrate this post.  I am just going to own it and go for it on my own.  Don’t worry, Craig will be back next week. 😉

With that direct candor out of the way, I am excited to share an oldie that has been twisted up a bit —  Prosecco Summer Dessert.  This dessert has been around for awhile.  I am not going to lie.  It is close to the perfect dessert for late summer.  During these hot, hot days of summer, who wants to turn on the oven to prepare a dessert?  Not me!  The good news is that with this tasty gem, you don’t have to add any extra heat to your house.  In fact, this recipe is so easy that my 16 and 17-year-old sons could make it!

This dessert is a faithful go-to when headed to a potluck or special occasion.  In fact, earlier this summer I took this dessert to a gathering that also had Nothin’ Bundt Cakes.  Many of us cannot resist choosing those cute, yummy bundtinis when passing through the food line.  However, I must profess that at the end of the dinner my serving bowl was EMPTY and there were still some bundt cakes left.  How is that for a crowd pleaser?

To make this dessert you need only a few simple ingredients: fresh strawberries, angel food cake (I purchase mine from the store), a box of instant vanilla pudding, a container of cool whip, milk and a mini-bottle of prosecco.  You can also add other fresh fruit, such as, blueberries, blackberries or kiwi.

This dessert can and usually is made sans the prosecco.  I got the idea for adding prosecco to this recipe when I made Strawberry Prosecco Cake this spring.  The cake soaks up the prosecco and adds to the overall yumminess factor.

First, cut the angel food cake into bite size cubes.  Slice your strawberries and other fruit.  Set aside.  Make the package of vanilla pudding according to directions.  Blend the container of cool whip into the vanilla pudding.

For this recipe I purchased a small bottle of prosecco.  These little bottles come in very handy.  As you know I have quite an affinity for Aperol Spritzes, but I don’t want to open a full bottle of prosecco each time.  These small bottles are perfect to keep on hand for recipes, such as this.

Place a layer of angel food cake in a large glass serving bowl or trifle bowl.  Pour a small amount of prosecco over the layer of cake.  Top the cake layer with strawberries and other fruit.  Pour a layer of the vanilla pudding mixture over the cake and berries.  Continue layering the ingredients for 2-3 layers.  Garnish the top with fresh berries.  Place in a refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Try out this easy, tasty, fresh recipe.  I am sure that it will quickly become one of your hosting secrets!

 

Life is Short. Make It Sweet.

How has your Cinco de Mayo weekend been?  We hope you tried out some of our yummy recipes from last week’s post.    This week we are very excited to share our newest yummy cake recipe with you– Strawberry Prosecco Cake!

A couple of weekends ago Blind Piglet #1 was home for the weekend to celebrate her birthday, so we tried out a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens that we have been wanting to tweak a bit.  We had never tried a recipe like this before, so we weren’t too sure how it was going to turn out.  The risk turned out to be a triple layer of yummy strawberry goodness!  This cake is light, refreshing and did we say delicious?  It is the perfect recipe for a birthday, a bridal lunch, Mother’s Day or any happy occasion.  It is easy, tasty, and fresh.

To make this delicious cake you will need eggs, all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk, butter, almond extract and prosecco.  For the strawberry filling you will need, 1 quart of fresh strawberries, prosecco and sugar.  To make the whipped cream frosting you will need heavy cream, sour cream, sugar and vanilla.

To begin take your eggs out of the refrigerator and let them stand at room temperature  for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and flour three 8 × 11/2-inch round baking pans. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Begin preheating your oven to 350°F. Beat eggs with a mixer on high 5 minutes or until thickened and light in a large bowl. For an additional five minutes beat the eggs on medium while gradually adding sugar.  Your batter will be light and fluffy.  Next, beat in flour mixture on medium-low until just combined.

In a small saucepan heat and stir milk and butter until butter melts. Add the butter and milk mixture gradually to batter. Add in almond extract. Divide batter among pans.

Bake 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Place pans on a wire rack and cool completely. Remove cakes from pans; cool completely on wire racks over a shallow pan or tray. Remove cakes from pans and place on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.  Poke the cake with holes all over.  We used a meat fork for this.  Pour prosecco over cakes. It amazed us how quickly the sponge cake slurped up the prosecco.  There was not a drop dripping from the cakes.  Next, wrap the cakes in plastic wrap and chill for 2-24 hours.  We made the cake portion of ours a day ahead.

The following day we made the strawberry filling. We cut off stems and chopped the strawberries (saving a few back for garnish).  We added the prosecco, and sugar and stirred completely. We covered the strawberries and let them stand for about 30 minutes.  Hint:  The smaller you chopped the strawberries the easier it is to layer the cake on top.

To make the whipped cream frosting, place a large bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  Remove from freezer and add heavy cream, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla.  Mix on medium speed with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.  Place back in refrigerator.

Now you are ready to start layering the cake.  Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with half the strawberry filling on top of the first layer. Place second cake layer on top and spread with remaining filling. Place third cake layer over second.  Spread whipped cream frosting over the top of the cake and let extra overflow over the sides.  Garnish top with sliced strawberries and mint leaves.  Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

As we mentioned before, we were pleasantly surprised about just how good this cake recipe is.  The prosecco keeps the cake moist.  It is probably the best strawberry shortcake combination that we have ever had!

Strawberry Prosecco Cake looks fresh and tasty, as if it is saying, “Hello summer!” Your taste buds will be overjoyed when the creamy goodness of the whipped cream frosting, the strawberries and the prosecco soaked cake pass over.  Are you going to treat your taste buds next weekend?

For a complete recipe for Strawberry Prosecco Cake, please visit our website, http://www.theblindpig.blog.

 

100th Post! Rosa Spritz

Rosa Spritz picThis week’s post is TBPBlog’s 100th Post!  We are celebrating our special post with a continuation of our February series “Roses are Red…”, and a toast of a little bubbly with a delicious rosa twist.

The Rosa Spritz is the perfect cocktail for February.  We’ve had this idea for quite some time, but we wanted to save this cocktail for a special post. With “love in the air” and reaching our 100th post, we thought this was the ideal moment. Want to surprise your sweetheart with a unique cocktail that shows just how much you value her love?  The Rosa Spritz is just what you need.

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The main ingredient in the Rosa Spritz is Malfy Gin Rosa.  We’ve shared Rosa’s sisters with you in past posts like, A Spritz of Spring, and Jingle Gin Punch.  The Malfy Rosa: Sicilian Pink Grapefruit Gin has a hint of grapefruit flavor with a beautiful blush rose’ color.  The combination of the Malfy Rosa and some bubbling prosecco makes for a beautiful romantic cocktail to serve your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.

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Making the Rosa Spritz is so easy.  You need only 1.5 ounces of Malfy Rosa.  Top off with chilled prosecco and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit or a rose petal.

When we first started The Blind Pig Blog, we wondered if we could find enough ideas to reach out to our readers each week with a new recipe or idea to share.  Now upon reaching the century mark, it is evident that not only do we have enough ideas, but the more ideas we generate, the more that we uncover.  Thank you for taking the time to reach out, comment, share, recruit other readers, and for all of your support of our tiny corner of the internet!  Cheers!

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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.

 

New Year’s Eve Treat: Holiday Cheese Spread

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Our Christmas was filled with laughter, cheer and lots of good drinks and food.  In fact, we probably partook in a little too much good food, but we just couldn’t help ourselves!  Rhonda made Merry Margaritas and Jingle Gin Punch on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Morning Bread to kick off the day.  We loved hearing from many of you through Facebook and texts that tried out Golden Mint Crinkles and Yum Rum Balls.  Now we are getting back into our exercise routines and regular life.  However, there is another great food and beverage holiday lurking around the corner — NYE!  What are your plans for the big evening?  In the past we have hosted a fun  casino party and served our Pineapple Infused Vodka, but this year we are ringing in 2019 quietly at home.

Whether you are hosting a rocking evening or headed out to ring in the new year with friends, we have a quick and easy holiday appetizer that you can serve:  Holiday Cheese Spread. This spread only looks complicated and tastes even better.  Your friends and family will be very surprised that you whipped this up in a matter of ten minutes.

We adapted this recipe from a recipe we found on www.foodnetwork.com.   You will need a pound of cheddar cheese cut into chunks, softened cream cheese, prosecco (oh bummer!), parsley, nutmeg, red pepper, pecans and dried cranberries.

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Place the cheeses, prosecco, parsley, nutmeg and red pepper in a food processor.  Process until smooth.  Spoon into a bowl.  Mix in cranberries and pecans.  Cover and chill.  We refrigerated ours for a couple of hours so the flavors could blend.

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Place in a serving bowl and voila!  Now you have an easy tasty fresh appetizer for your holiday party.  We served ours with French bread slices for our photos.  Later we ate the remaining spread with crackers.  We preferred it with crackers, but you can also serve it with fresh veggies.

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The cranberries and pecans give the spread a more decadent and festive look, and you can drink the rest of the prosecco as you wish! (wink)

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If you are viewing this post in your email, visit us at http://www.theblindpig.blog for a printable version of the recipe for Holiday Cheese Spread.

If you are planning your NYE, here are some other great ideas for New Year’s Drinks:

Midnight Spice

Merry Margarita

Aperol Spritz

Boulevardier

Cranberry Rum Slush

French 75

Gin and Tonic

Jingle Gin Punch

Pineapple Infused Vodka

Rojo

Zaya Manhattan

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!  We will see you in 2019!

   

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.

World Cup Fever: French 75

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Today we are sharing our final post in our series for the World Cup.  Three fifths of The Blind Pig household was in mourning after the England/Croatia match up this week.  We were hoping that we would be sharing another version of a gin and tonic with you for our finale post.  However, for those of you that do not follow World Cup soccer, France and Croatia made it into the finals.

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Photo by Blind Piglet #2.  He’s such a great photographer!

The Blind Pig family are fans of the French.  We visited France in 2015 had a wonderful experience.  You gotta love those Nutella crepes!

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Since we do not know of any great Croatian cocktails to share with you, which we are sure there are many, we are going to share the French 75 with you this week.  The French 75, or also known as Soixane Quince by the French,  is an easy, tasty, and fresh recipe that is made with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and sparkling white wine.  It is the perfect drink to serve as a refreshing summer beverage or after dinner with a dessert.  Beware, since the drink is mainly gin and sparkling wine, it can sneak up on you quickly.

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If you are reading this post via email, visit our website for a printable version of the recipe.

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Will you watch the World Cup finals on Sunday or will you just have a French 75 and call it a day?  Give it a try.  We would love to know what you think about it.

  

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.