A Salty Dog for the Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are upon us, but do you actually know what that phrase is referring to?  Many people assume that the dog days have to do with it being so hot that the dogs do nothing but lie around in the shade all day. However, did you know that according to NationalGeographic.com the term comes from the stars?  The “dog days of summer,” comes from ancient Greek astronomers who observed the stars.  Sirius was the nose on the constellation Canis Major which the Greeks saw as a dog chasing a hare. When Sirius, one of the brightest stars in the night sky appeared to rise just before the sun, the Greeks started to call these days that occurred from late July through August the Dog Days.   You may also be interested to know that we often associate these days of summer as the hottest days, thus the image of dogs panting in the shade.  But the earth’s rotation is more of a wobble than a gentle spin, which slightly changes the timing of the stars’ appearance over time. Several millennia from now, the dog days won’t actually occur in summer, but sometime closer to winter.

Whether you need a refreshing beverage because it is hot or just the Dog Days of Summer, we think you will find this week’s treat an easy, tasty, fresh hit.  The close sister of our ever favorite Paloma, the Salty Dog takes on her own refreshing flavor.

We make ours with our favorite grapefruit soda made by Q drinks!  We’ve shared some of our favorite Q drink products with you before that you can purchase at many favorite locations, such as, Total Wine, Walmart, Target, Amazon, Whole Foods, and Hy-Vee.  We like Q drinks because they make products that we like to keep on hand, such as, grapefruit soda, ginger beer, club soda, and tonic water.

To make our version of the Salty Dog, you need vodka, Q Grapefruit soda, salt and cucumber.  Run a slice cucumber around the rim of your serving glass and dip in salt.  Fill you glass with ice.  Add 2 ounces of vodka.  Top off with Q Grapefruit soda, and garnish with a slice of cucumber.  It is a delicious easy drink to fix on a day that is too hot to do anything but lie in your hammock in the shade.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.the blindpig.blog for a complete printable recipe for The Salty Dog.

How cold we have a post about Salty Dogs without a pic of our own little salty and sweet dog, Junie? 🙂

If you are new around our little blog, welcome!  Tell your friends and family about us.  Cheers to you, friends. stay cool and enjoy your upcoming Labor Day weekend!

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Never drink and drive.

 

 

 

World Cup Fever: Salud, Mexico!

Did you sip on a little Fernet and Coke while watching the Argentina World Cup Game?  This week we are continuing with our World Cup series with a nod to our neighbors to the south – Mexico.

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Everyone knows that tequila is the prized liquor of Mexico, and most Americans equate tequila with margaritas.  However, we are not featuring a margarita for our tribute to Mexico.  The origin of the margarita is debatable, but it is more popular with Americans than most Mexicans.  Mexicans prefer premium tequilas and like to sip their tequila neat — plain with no mixers.

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We are featuring a popular Mexican cocktail called the Paloma.  The Paloma is an easy, tasty and fresh drink made with grapefruit soda, lime juice and tequila.   It is easy to see why this refreshing beverage is so popular in Mexico.

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The Paloma is made with three ingredients, tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda.

We made ours with our favorite tequila, Corralejo, Q grapefruit soda and fresh squeezed lime juice.  We have used Q drinks in the past as mixers for our guests, but have not shared it with you on our blog.  Q drinks makes a variety of mixers, such as, tonic water, soda water, grapefruit soda and ginger beer.  Their philosophy is to make sure that the mixer you use is as good as the liquor you are mixing it with.  We have noticed a difference in our cocktails when we use Q drinks.  The drinks have more flavor and a better taste profile.   Q drinks can be found at Total Wine and other liquor stores.  If you do not want to try grapefruit soda with your Paloma, you can also  use Squirt or Jarritos grapefruit soda, which can be found in most grocery stores.

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Serve a refreshing Paloma this summer.

It is extremely hot across the United States this week, so what could be better than sipping on a cool beverage like the Paloma?  Change things up a bit and serve a refreshing Paloma at your next summer social.  We would love to hear about it if you do.  Have a great weekend!

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Disclaimer:  Beverages shared on this site are intended for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.