Chocolate Negroni

If Willy Wonka did exist and had a chocolate factory, it’s fair to say that we would be first in line to try to win the golden tickets.  The Blind Pig Blog family loves chocolate.  If you have been an avid reader of our blog for any amount of time, you probably have noticed the reoccurring theme.  If there is a recipe with chocolate, we love to try it out and post about it.  This week is no different, we are sharing a recipe that we found that has a twist on the typical negroni with some hints of chocolate.

We make our Chocolate Negroni with gin, Punt e Mes, Carpano Botanic Bitter, Crème de Cacao and some chocolate bitters.  We shared Punt e Mes with you in some of our past posts, such as, Punt e Mes Margarita, Punt e Mes Sangria, and Punt e Mes and Soda. We also highlighted Carpano Botanic Bitter in several cocktails, such as, Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz, Holiday Margarita, and the yummy Hibiscus Mule.

Craig is the Negroni aficionado in our household, so he gave this delicious cocktail a try and a thumbs up.  If you are looking for something a little different than your typical negroni, stir up this cocktail and let us know what you think.

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Does this post have you craving for some chocolate?  Here are some past posts that just might help you with your craving.

Spirited Chocolate Orange Bars

A Little Tiramisu for You

Borghetti Brownie Caramel Bites

Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies

TBPB Cannonball!

Espresso Oreo Shake

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Dessert


Easy Espresso Cake

Espresso Fudge


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

Punt e Mes Margarita

Margaritas are always a consistent cocktail go-to no matter the season of the year.  Have you ever offered a margarita to a friend and he declined?  Of course not!  Americans love margs!  We have shared with you a variety of margaritas over the years, and this week we stay consistent with our basic margarita recipe but with a little Punt e Mes added in.  We shared Punt e Mes with you a few weeks ago in our Punt e Mes and Soda and our Punt e Mes Sangria. This week we are excited to introduce you to the Punt e Mes Margarita.

It made sound a little strange to add a vermouth to a margarita.  However, when you think about it, many people have been adding  sangria, which is wine based, to margaritas for years.  The bitter taste with a bit of a kick creates an interesting flavor within the margarita base.  A dash of orange bitters rounds out the Punt e Mes to create a burst of citrus within the margarita.

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We enjoyed sipping on this yummy margarita while watching the Chiefs game on Sunday afternoon.  When are you planning on taking a little sip?


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

Punt e Mes Sangria

The spicy flavors of fall come bursting through in this yummy Punt e Mes Sangria. You know that we love a good sangria at The Blind Pig Blog, and our newest recipe is definitely moving to the top of the pack.  It is easy, delicious and just the right beverage to serve as you are roasting marshmallows or savoring our Bourbon Pumpkin Dump Cake. Our weather in Texas has been so beautiful lately that we have enjoyed sitting on the back deck, sipping on this delicious sangria.

This recipe is based on our Carpano Antica Sangria which we first shared with you back in July of 2017. The main difference in the two is that we used Punt e Mes instead of Carpano Antica for the vermouth.  Both recipes make excellent sangrias, but the Punt e Mes brings out rich, harvest flavors to savor.

The ingredients that you will need to make Punt e Mes Sangria are: 1 bottle of red wine, grenadine, diet cranberry juice cocktail, simple syrup, Punt e Mes,  and fresh fruits of your choice.  We used apples, pears and plums. Not fans of sweet drinks,  we used a cabernet and diet cranberry juice to cut down on the sweetness.  If you like a sweeter sangria then you may want to use a merlot or other red wine.

Mix everything together and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours prior to serving.  Serve chilled over ice, making sure to add some fruit into the glass for garnish.

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How are you enjoying fall at your house? Rhonda is going to make some Bourbon Pumpkin Dump Cake today.

Check out this other fall favorites while you are here–

Bourbon Pumpkin Dump Cake

Not Your Mama’s Apple Crisp

Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

Spiked Pecan Bars

Autumn Salad with Hard Apple Cider Dressing

Easy Pumpkin Beer Bread

Whiskey Spiced Pecans

Apple Mule

Bianco Sangria

Fall All Over

The Golden Pumpkin Spice Martini

Orange You Glad It’s Carpano?

Texas Pecan


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

Spice Up Fall with a Little Punt e Mes

How is your fall treating you?  We’ve managed to get in our first high school football game… okay we were working the parking lot with the hockey parents, but technically we were AT the game.  🙂  Rhonda purchased her first pumpkins of the season and is making plans for Halloween decorations.  So I guess you could say that fall has begun at the Blind Pig household.

Did you try out our Caramel Apple Cider recipe from last week?  We have another easy-peasy fall drink for you this week: Punt e Mes and Soda.  There is nothing fancy about the name, but this drink is a spectacular drink for fall and winter.  We have been waiting to share this with  you until the calendar switched.  It’s spicy flavor is often associated with cooler weather. Taking a sip makes us smell fall leaves and pumpkin pie.

So what is this Punt e  Mes that we speak of?  Punt e Mes (pronounced poont-eh-mess) is a vermouth from the Carpano family that means point and a half.  As with many of the Fernet Branca/Carpano brands, there is a story behind this spicy vermouth and its name. The story goes that in April 1870 , an Italian stockbroker, caught up in a discussion with colleagues while in the Carpano wine shop about the increase in share prices on that day – one and a half points – ordered his usual Carpano vermouth but asked for the barman to add half a measure of bitter, using the regional expression “Punt e Mes”. The drink immediately became popular as an aperitif before lunch, as recalled by the barman of the time. So Punt e Mes became a popular vermouth that has an extra punch of spicy bitter. This vermouth can be enjoyed neat or mixed with some of your go-to mixers.

Where do you find Punt e Mes?  It can be found in most liquor stores on the vermouth aisle.  If your local store does not carry it, don’t be afraid to ask for it.  Many stores want to bring in products that they know their customers are looking for.  We will be featuring more fall Punt e Mes recipes soon.

As you may know, to make Punt e Mes and Soda all you need is — Punt e Mes and soda!  Rhonda enjoyed her Punt e Mes and soda garnished with an orange wedge with a side of a warm slice of Angry Orchard Bread.  It was a wonderful fall treat on a beautiful fall day.  If you are reading this post via email, visit us at for a complete recipe for Punt e Mes and Soda.

Try Punt e Mes and Soda today.  We promise you won’t be disappointed.  It is not too alcohol forward and pairs nicely with an afternoon snack or a light dinner. We will be sipping ours in the evening by a cozy chimenea fire with some s’mores. Enjoy the rest of your beautiful fall weekend.