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.

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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.

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Recipes for Your Party

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and although many Americans think that it is Mexico’s version of our Fourth of July, it is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage.  Americans don’t need much of an excuse to have a party.

When planning this post we were going to introduce you to another great margarita recipe, because everyone loves a good marg, right?  Then we started to scroll through our past posts and realized that we could put together a whole menu of easy, tasty and fresh ideas for your Cinco de Mayo party.

Appetizer– Tequila Ceviche.

We shared this post with you last summer, and it became a huge hit in TBP household.  This is often a go-to for us when friends and family are joining us for dinner.  Hosting tip– this is delicious if made ahead of time.  It gives the flavors time to meld together and you time to take care of other pressing matters.

Cocktails!  You can’t have a Cinco de Mayo party without a yummy margarita.  We have some marg suggestions for you.

Skinny Agave Margarita:  This one is a crowd pleaser.  Easy to make and easy to drink.

Jalapeno Popper Margarita:  Need to spice things up a bit?

Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita: Fresh and spicy.  What else is there to say?

Merry Margarita:  We know it’s not Christmas, but this drink will keep your guests merry all year long

Santorita:  This marg is made with mezquila.  You can also substitute your favorite tequila.  It’s an excellent recipe.

 

In keeping with other yummy Mexican beverages we have some margarita alternatives.

Rojo:  This drink is made for the more sophisticated palate.  With a name like Rojo, how can it be left off the list?

Carpano Antica Sangria:  Need a large batch recipe?  This is your friend.  For the busy host, this recipe also can be made ahead of time.

Paloma:  Palomas are more popular in Mexico than margaritas which are more of an American invention.  If you really want to be true to Viva La Mexico, go with the Paloma.

The Paloma is a refreshing alternative tequila cocktail to the typical margarita.

Main Course: We have 3 wonderful choices for you for the main course.

Hatch Tequila Chicken:  This recipe is a little more time consuming, but if you plan ahead you can prep much of this a day ahead in order to make the day of your celebration a breeze.  This chicken is so yummy.  It is well worth the extra effort.

Corralejo Honey Lime Chicken:  This is a great choice, especially if you are in the mood to grill.  This chicken is very versatile.  It can stand alone, be sliced up and served in tacos or fajitas.  This is a TBP family favorite.

Tequila Fish Tacos:  These tacos are very yummy and flavorful.  Fish tacos aren’t for everyone, but we highly recommend this recipe.

Dessert: Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

This pie recipe will need to be prepped the day before your party.  With its yummy strawberry ice cream, pretzel crust and touch of tequila flavor, your guests will be blown away!

Choose one or choose them all, you can’t go wrong with this line up for your Cinco de Mayo.

 

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.

Day Drinking

Hi Friends, sorry we are getting this post out to you a little late this week.  Our lives have been a bit of a whirlwind the past couple of weeks. On Friday we made a bee-line trip down I-35 to Austin to see Blind Piglet #2 play in high school soccer playoffs. Then we sped back home because we are hosting two soccer players from South Africa in our home for the week of Dallas Cup— not to mention jobs, groceries, and everything else that needs to be accomplished.

Our concoction that we have to share with you this week was found by Craig and we think that you will really like it.  It is light.  It is lo-cal.  It is springy.  It is the perfect beverage for a little Day Drinking.

Keeping with our mantra of easy, tasty, and fresh, you will see that this drink has all three.  It’s easy– only two simple ingredients– Carpano Bianco and Q Spectactular Grapefruit Soda.  That’s it! (No shaker, no mixing, just pour!)  It’s fresh.  Pour in the Carpano Bianco, top off with the grapefruit soda, and add a little bit of cucumber for garnish and freshness.  It’s tasty– so light and refreshing, you will see why  at just 184 calories it’s the perfect daytime drink.

Carpano Bianco is new to The Blind Pig, so we want to give you a little background info. It is a vermouth produced in Italy from Trebbiano, Chardonnay, and Cortese grapes, which gives it its light refreshing white wine flavor. Although the grapes are its base, the formula is a secret family recipe passed down through generations.  Lucky for us!  Gotta love those family secrets. 😉

We’ve shared Q drinks with you in some of our other posts like Soup of the Day: Gin and Tonic and Salud Mexico!  We love Q drinks for their quality and taste – not to mention their little 7.5 fluid ounce can is just perfect for one serving of Day Drinking.

This drink is the perfect beverage for sitting on a patio on a spring or summer afternoon just soaking in the sun.  Its light, refreshing, and with just a hint of cucumber is a delicious way to relax. Not to mention with its light pink hue is quite pretty as well!  What more could you want in a drink? Fresh, beautiful and light!  We could see this drink  served at a Mother’s Day Brunch, a Bridal Shower or even served next week after your Easter meal.

Weather forecast this weeks calls for some beautiful sunshine and some lovely temps.  Maybe this week is a good week for a little Day Drinking?

Been away for awhile?  Here’s some posts you may have missed…

Have a Coke Float and a Smile

In the Morning I’m Making Waffles

Double the Thyme, Double the Fun

Saturday in the Park

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.