Mother’s Day Brunch: Grapefruit Spritz

mother's day brunch3Hi friends!  It seems like we were just with you since we wrote the April Bonus post just a few short days ago.  What did you think about the Templeton Whiskey Cake?

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Mother’s Day is just a couple of weeks away which got us thinking about the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch.  Mimosas came to mind.  Don’t get us wrong, Rhonda loves a good mimosa, but they seem a little ordinary.  We are excited to share a new beverage recipe with you this week. Rhonda is kind of on a spritz kick right now. She had a delicious spritz in England when she went to visit Blind Piglet #1.  Then she came home and made The Cucumber Gin Spritz.  We had some of Seagram’s new Grapefruit Vodka in the house.  We were playing around with different recipes we could try with this citrusy liquor, and the Grapefruit Spritz was born.

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Now that you know the backstory, let’s get to the details.  We hear you already.  Not a grapefruit fan?  Is it the crazy cousin in the beloved citrus family?  No worries.  We aren’t huge grapefruit people either.  However, Seagram’s Grapefruit Vodka has just enough citrus taste to give this drink a light citrus flavor without overpowering the drink.  We pinky promise.

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This beverage hits the mark for easy, tasty and fresh.  The recipe is soooo easy that you will feel guilty when your mother brags on what a great job you did serving her Mother’s Day brunch. Of course the drink is tasty, we already told you that.  Fresh?  The citrus punch of the grapefruit coupled with an easy garnish of fresh grapefruit has fresh written all over it!

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If you are viewing this post in your email, click on the website to view a printable version of the recipe for Grapefruit Spritz.

We (Rhonda) served the Mother’s Day Brunch with a Zucchini Onion Frittata recipe she clipped from Southern Living years ago. (It’s a winner.) Frittata only sounds complicated.  Don’t forget that Kerrygold French Toast  or Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls are also easy, tasty, fresh brunch recipes that will please and impress mothers from near and far.

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Now your special brunch for the mothers in your life is covered. You are ready to impress and tell your mother/wife/Godmother how much she means to you.

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Happy early Mother’s Day to all of those wonderful mothers who have touched our lives in big and small ways.  We love you all.

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Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years old and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Never drink and drive.

A Spritz of Spring

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Hello friends!  We are enjoying Spring in full bloom.  Our flowers are blooming, the lawn is turning green, and our trees have bright  leaves and buds.  We know that some of our readers in the Midwest are longing for Spring, but they are still dealing with Winter.  This week’s light and fresh beverage will have you feeling like it’s Spring in no time.

You may notice that we are introducing a new spirit into our Blind Pig repertoire.  Our newest member is Malfy Gin.  This yummy spirit comes to us via the Amalfi Coast in Italy.  Malfy Gin is one of the only true Italian gins. Although most people think gin originated in England, its true beginnings were in Italy.  The Amalfi Coast is one our favorite spots to visit in the whole world.  We stayed in the village of Sorrento in an refurbished castle.  We had the most amazing pizza in Sorrento in a little outdoor cafe.  Our photos were from the pre-digitized photo generation, so we found this photo to help get you in the mood.

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The Cucumber Gin Spritz is a light, refreshing drink made with Malfy gin, prosecco and club soda.  The added crisp freshness of muddled cucumber and a cucumber ribbon around the circumference of the glass gives the drink a cooling and energizing zip.

 

Although the Cucumber Gin Spritz takes a little more effort than many of our other recipes, there is no need to worry. It’s not too difficult.

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To start, cut 5 round slices from the cucumber to muddle in your shaker.  Shave a long thin ribbon of the cucumber to save as a garnish for later.

If you don’t have any simple syrup on hand, you will want to make some of your own.  We gave you some recipes for simple syrup in our Mojito post.

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After muddling the cucumber, add 1 ounce of gin, 1/2 simple syrup and ice to the shaker.  Shake.  Strain the mixture into a serving glass. We used our bar strainer, but you may want to use a strainer with a thinner mesh.

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Top off with about 4 ounces of Prosecco and add a splash of club soda. Ahhhhhh!  So tasty!  So easy! So fresh!

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What do you think?  Are you ready to celebrate Spring on a patio with a refreshing Cucumber Gin Spritz?  Perhaps you should give it a try.

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Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years old and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Never drink and drive.