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.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full printable recipe of Punt e Mes Sangria.

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.

No Fuss Treats for a Super Super Bowl Party

Have you heard that we are kind of excited about the super bowl at The Blind Pig house?  Believe it or not, we are not going to have a huge party, because we want to be able to focus on the game (and commercials). We are only having a few peeps over.  Whether you are having a huge party or watching the game with just a small group, we thought we would highlight a few of our recipes that can be game day ready in a flash!

We are breaking this post into three categories: beverages, sweet stuff, and munchies.  To find what you are looking for you can scroll to the category you want or take your time and explore all of it.

Large Batch Drinks: For the big game you may not want to spend your whole time in the kitchen mixing drinks.  We get it!  That is when it is convenient to have a large batch ready to go.  A sangria is always a winning large batch recipe.  You can fix a day or hours ahead of your party. Our favorites are  Bianco Sangria and Carpano Antica Sangria.  If you have a punch bowl, you cannot go wrong with a delicious punch. Although Jingle Gin Punch was intended for the Christmas season, it is a winning cocktail year round.  You can always re-name it Victory Punch for the party.  Seagram’s Peach Punch is also easy and a crowd pleaser at the same time.  All you need is some Seagram’s vodka, sliced peaches, and lemonade.  Can’t find peaches in the grocery store this time of year?  Add any fresh fruit to give your punch a winning appearance.

Mix it Up:  If mixed cocktails are what your crowd is into and you don’t mind spending some time away from the game, here are some cocktails that will help you score points with your friends.

We introduced you to Arrowhead Punch in last week’s post.  This red beverage is what our friends are going to be served during the game.  Another great red beverage is The Love Triangle.  We originally created the Love Triangle for our first Valentine’s Day, but it is a winner anytime of year.

A good play that always works is a great Skinny Margarita!  Other margs that can be sipped on at kickoff are: Merry Margarita and Strawberry Basil Margarita.

Fernet and Coke is the drink of choice for Argentinians when they watch a big football (soccer) game.  Maybe it’s time that Americans are introduced to this great beverage while watching their favorite sport?

Sweet Stuff:  This is Rhonda’s favorite category.  Not only are these treats easy to make, but they are sooo delicious.  If you walk in to a Super Bowl party with one of these in your hand, you will gain a lot of fans.  The first one that moves our chains is Borghetti Brownie Caramel Delights, all you need is a brownie mix, some Rolos and some Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.  Dip these in chocolate and you are good to go!

Rhonda took our Easy Espresso Cake to work this week for a super bowl pig out.  Rename it Chiefs Kingdom Cake.  Decorate with some Chiefs flags and your crowd will be dancing like Travis Kelce. Two other easy treats are Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn and Twisted Missouri Mud Brownies.    You can not go wrong with some fondue at your party.  Make Caramel or Chocolate fondue with some sliced fresh fruit and cubes of sponge cake.  Field Goal!!

Munchies: If you want to serve some substantial munchies at your party, Cola and Whiskey Brisket is a good place to start. Serve with some Corralejo Lime Guac and Tequila Ceviche.  Yummo!

We hope you have a wonderful Super Bowl party.  May the Chiefs win and the commercials be entertaining. Let us know if you served one of our recipes at your party.  We would 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.  Please drink responsibly.

 

 

Bianco Sangria

It’s been high school homecoming week in Allen, Texas.  We are sharing a few of the many pics with you of Blind Pig #2 and his lovely date.  If you are not from the Lone Star State, you may not be familiar with the homecoming mum tradition.  What can we say, ” Bigger, better….”  You know the phrase. 🙂

Along with football, homecoming and mums, we like to celebrate Fall with a some Bianco Sangria.  Throw some fall fruits into a pitcher and mix some up for yourself! We added apples, plums, pears, and peaches to our pitcher.  We start with some white wine, Carpano Bianco, apple brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup and angostura bitters.

Cut your fresh fruit into small bite size pieces and place in your pitcher.

Add other ingredients to the pitcher and stir gently.  Our recipe called for simple syrup, but we thought that the brandy and wine made the sangria very sweet.  The next time we make this recipe we are leaving out the simple syrup.  Place your pitcher in the fridge and let it sit for 4-8 hours.  Serve chilled and enjoy.

 

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a printable recipe for Bianco Sangria.

Make some Bianco Sangria today kick ball and watch some football and let us know what you think!

 

 

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.

Tickle Me Pink

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Happy Mother’s Day a few days early to all of our favorite moms.  We are raising our glass to moms everywhere with this week’s drink — Tickle Me Pink.  This rose’ sangria will be a fan favorite when you serve it from your favorite patio to celebrate the moms in your life.  It fits The Blind Pig criteria because it is easy, tasty and fresh!

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To make this rose’ sangria, you will need a pint of fresh strawberries, 4 fresh limes, 1 bottle of Rose’ wine, 1/2 cup of Zaya Rum, and 4 cups of Diet Sprite.  Most sangria’s call for a white rum, but we like to use a dark rum like Zaya because it has a richer flavor that compliments the fruit and the wine nicely.

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Start by thinly slicing the strawberries and limes.  Place half of the strawberries and limes in a tall pitcher.  Save the other half in a tightly sealed container for garnish.

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Pour the rose’ wine and the Zaya Rum into the pitcher.  Cover the pitcher and place in the refrigerator for 4-24 hours.  We made ours the night before for a get-together we were having the following day.

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Tickle Me Pink Rose’ Sangria

Prior to serving, add 4 cups of Diet Sprite, ice and stir.  We prefer Diet Sprite instead of regular.  Many sangrias can be overly sweet which overpowers the flavors in the drink. The Diet Sprite achieves the bubbly essence of the sangria without the extra sugar and sweetness.

As you serve your guests place a few slices of strawberries and limes in each glass.  It’s a delicious, easy and fun refreshing summer sipper.

For a printable version of the recipe, visit our website.

Don’t forget The Grapefruit Spritz is another great Mother’s Day cocktail.

A special shout out to the special moms in our lives — Ruth, Bonnie, Anita, Anna, Rosemary, Jennifer, LeeAnn, Dee, Kayla, Paula, Margaret and Heather!

Disclaimer:  The beverages shared on this website are for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Never drink and drive.

Top Ten Posts for 2017

Happy New Year, friends.  Did you ring in the new year with family and friends or did you spend a cozy night in?  We had a get together at our casa and the Infused Pineapple Vodka did not disappoint.

As we look forward to the new year with optimism and enthusiasm, we also reflect on 2017.  We were surprised to see that we have already posted 33 times on our little blog.  Time flies when you are busy cooking and concocting.  We wanted to share with you our top ten posts that received the most buzz and views.

  1. Zaya Rum Mojito zayamojito5
  2. Tequila Fish Tacostequila fish tacos6
  3. Watermelon Warswatermelon wars 3
  4. Mary Ann or Gingermary ann or ginger
  5. Carpano Antica Sangriasangria 8
  6. Zaya Banana Breadzaya banana bread 1
  7. Zaya Rum Manhattanzaya manhattan 7
  8. Pumpkin Spice Martinipumpkin spice martini 4
  9. Kerrygold Ice Creamkerrygoldicecream
  10. Salted Whiskey Caramel Corncaramel corn 013

Next week we will bring you more recipes and ideas for entertaining and your delight, as well as some more low calorie alternatives for entertaining.

It is our resolution to double our followers in 2018.  Refer our blog to a friend and encourage him/her to select the “following” button in the lower right hand corner to receive our little blog to their inbox each week.  Look for us on Pinterest at theblindpigblog and repin our posts!

 

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Tastes like Fall!

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Hello Friends!  Did you try the Cola and Whiskey Brisket recipe from last week?  We had great leftovers.  It made some mighty fine tasting brisket tacos for dinner on Monday night.  Remember, if you try our recipes and like them, we love to hear feedback.  Most importantly pin them on pinterest and share the ideas with family and friends.  Each week our Blind Pig following continues to grow and we appreciate all of you who clicked on the little “follow” button in the lower right hand corner of your screen to get our posts emailed to you each week!

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We shared with you weeks ago that we love Fall!  Here in Texas we are starting to wake to cool crisp temperatures and by the afternoon the weather is just right for sitting on our back deck or next to a fire in the chimenea with a smooth fall drink in hand.  The beverage we are sharing with you today tastes like fall.  That is the best way to describe it!  It is a sangria with hints of cinnamon and a smooth warm finish from Zaya Rum.  We loved our summer sangria recipe we shared with you, so we are excited to share a twist on a sangria recipe that is Fall in a wine glass.  What could be better?

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True to our motto, the ingredients are easy, tasty and fresh.  The fresh fruit of apples and pears with a hint of citrus orange compliments the rum and cinnamon nicely.  We used Diet Sprite in our sangria to cut down on calories and reduce the sweetness.  This recipe tends to be very sweet, so you may want to choose a white wine that is not too sweet for your sangria, such as a Chardonnay.

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Zaya Fall Sangria

  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 orange
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • 1/2 cup of  Zaya rum
  • 4 cups of lemon lime soda 

Slice fruit or cut into chunks.  Place in tall pitcher with 3-4 cinnamon sticks.  Pour bottle of wine in pitcher.  Add 1/2 cup of rum. Stir.  Place in refrigerator to chill for 4-5 hours.  Prior to serving, add 4 cups of lemon lime soda.  Stir, serve and enjoy.

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Once you take the first sip, you will feel like you are curled up next to a toasty fire in your favorite blanket enjoying the scent of Fall.  What are your Fall favs?

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Carpano Antica Sangria!

Happy Friday everyone, and thanks for the feedback we received about the Templeton Rye Whiskey Barbecue Sauce.  We’ve had another very hot week in Texas.  The heat index reached a sweltering 106 degrees.  We told you last week that we had shared too many beverage recipes with you, but heat makes us thirsty!

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The Carpano Antica Sangria combines a few of Rhonda’s favorite things:  a little bit of Italy, red wine, and fresh fruit.  This recipe is especially easy, tasty, and fresh.  It was the perfect beverage for Rhonda to slurp down after a hot Texas summer day. Either this recipe is incredible or Rhonda was super thirsty.  We think both are most likely true.

To make the sangria you will need 1 bottle of your choice of red wine.  We used a cabernet.  You will need a cup of grenadine, and 2 cups of cranberry juice cocktail.  We chose the lite cranberry cocktail because it said it had 61% fewer calories.  Add ½ cup of simple sugar.  You can refer to the recipes on our Watermelon Wars post or on our Mojito post.  Remember you can make the stevia simple syrup if you are cutting calories.

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You also will need 1 ¼ cups of Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth.  As we have mentioned before, the quality of your ingredients dictates the quality of your beverage. Beware of inexpensive vermouths.  They will adversely affect the taste of your sangria. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth is an Italian aromatized wine warmed with notes of fig, dried cherries, faint hints of spiced gingerbread and bitter orange peel. (Basically it is a wine product from Italy.) There are other products made by Carpano, so make sure you buy the sweet vermouth. Usually Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth can be found on the wine aisle of your favorite grocery store and in the vermouth section of your liquor store.

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Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

 

Finally add in your favorite fruits of the season.  We added strawberries, plums and peaches, but apples and orange slices would work well for a Fall sangria.

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Mix all ingredients together and chill until ready to serve.  Like most sangrias it is better the longer you allow the ingredients to infuse and mingle together.  Serve over ice with a straw, because #everything tastes better with a straw!

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Carpano Antica Sangria

1 bottle of red wine

1 1/4 cups of Carpano Antica Vermouth

1 cup of grenadine

2 cups of cranberry juice cocktail

½ cup of simple syrup

Sliced fruit of the season, strawberries, peaches, plums, apples, oranges

Mix all ingredients.  Let sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours.  Pour sangria into serving glass, fruit and all, add ice.

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#everything tastes better with a straw

Sangria is a great choice when entertaining, because you can make it ahead of time and have it chilling in the refrigerator before guests arrive. Do you enjoy a nice sangria from time to time?

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Disclaimer: The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years and older.  We do not support or encourage underage drinking.  Always drink responsibly and never drink and drive.