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.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a printable version of the recipe for the Chocolate Negroni.

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

PBIF Pie

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.

Easter Brunch Ideas to Fill Everyone’s Basket

This weekend is Easter, and we are spending time focusing on our family.  We posted an excellent Easter dessert last week with our yummy carrot cake.  If you are looking for some ideas to make your Easter Brunch special,  don’t forget that we have lots of great recipe ideas for your Easter Brunch on our site.  Here is a quick reminder of a few ideas.

Easter Brunch Foods:

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake: This was a game winner in our house and will be sure to be at yours too!

Christmas Morning Bread: It’s not just for Christmas.  This is an excellent recipe for any brunch.

Chocolate Banana Bread: Some good ideas did come out of COVID quarantine. 🙂

Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls:  This one takes some effort, but is worth it!

Kerrygold French Toast:  Super delicious and very easy.

Easter Toasts:

Sparkling Lemonade

Orange Basil Spritzer (non-alcoholic)

Fernet Branca Collins

Mint Highball

Blackberry Kiwi Mocktail (nonalcoholic)

Pomegranate Paloma

Double Thyme

Raspberry Mojito

Blood Mary

There are more ideas on our site.  Make sure you take a look around.

 

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

 

This Easter Dessert Takes the Cake

Easter is next weekend and in anticipation that our Blind Pig readers may be looking for a way to spice up their Easter meal, we decided to share our twist on a delicious classic carrot cake.

Since rum pairs nicely with the rich spicy flavor of carrot cake, we added some rum to this cake recipe along with a yummy rum enhanced brown sugar cream cheese frosting.  As a bonus, this recipe is easy to make, as far as making cakes from scratch goes.  We based our recipe on a recipe found in the March 2015 Southern Living Magazine.  We hope you enjoy!

This yummy rum-enhanced cake starts with toasting some pecans with butter and kosher salt.  A few of the pecans will go into the cake and the rest of the pecans will be used to garnish the top of the cake.  The saltiness of the pecans brings out the rich frosting flavors.

Start this recipe much like most cake recipes by creaming the softened butter with the sugars.  Next add canola oil and the eggs. Once that is mixed well, you will add in the dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk.  Add 1/2 ounce of your favorite dark rum.  Then fold in shredded carrots and a shredded granny smith apple with the toasted pecans.  Place the cake batter into three round cake pans and bake for about 25 minutes.

Once the cakes have cooled, mix together the cream cheese frosting.  Instead of vanilla extract, add 1/2 ounce of your favorite dark rum.  After frosting ingredients have been mixed, cover your cake with the frosting making sure to place frosting between the cake layers.  Sprinkle reserved toasted pecans on top of the cake, and you are ready to serve.

Due to the cream cheese frosting, make sure to refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

Warning: The Easter Bunny might abandon his carrots for this delicious cake!  This cake does not disappoint and will be the one thing everyone wants to see in their Easter basket.

If you are looking for some other great ideas for your Easter celebration, check out these past posts.

Easter Morning Cocktails and More

Ideas for Your Easter Brunch Every Bunny will Love

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

 

Espresso Oreo Shake

The Blind Pig household survived snowmaggedon in Texas and now we are looking toward spring break and warmer weather!  What better way to celebrate warmer temperatures and sunshine than with a little ice cream pick-me-up?

Rhonda got the idea for this shake one day while she was sitting at her favorite fast food drink stop… Sonic!  There was an advertisement for a new espresso shake on the kiosk.  Rhonda thought, “I can make an espresso shake for adults that tastes better than that!”  At that point a star was born, she came home and mixed up this easy, but satisfying recipe for an adult espresso shake.

To make this shake you need only a few basic ingredients: vanilla ice cream (our choice — Blue Bell), a little bit of milk, some crumbled Oreos, and some Caffe’ Borghetti espresso liqueur.

Place all of these ingredients into your blender. Blend.  Garnish with some whipped cream and an Oreo cookie.  Delish!

We served ours in small tall serving glasses as a petite dessert. It was just enough to let ourselves indulge a bit without adding on too many calories.  You may want to serve yours in a larger glass.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at http://www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Espresso Oreo Shake.

What are you waiting for?  Go grab some Oreos and start making your shake!

 

Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz

We finally thawed out after the Snowmageddon of 2021 in Texas.  We were cold and only had heat and electricity for 50% of the time from Tuesday through Thursday, but we are fine and our house pipes made it through. We are grateful for all of the well wishes and concern from all who reached out to us.

Staying on point with our RED theme we have another great little cocktail to share with you.  Technically this cocktail is more of a pink color, but pink is in the red tone family, right?  The Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz is a light drink made with vodka, orange liqueur, Carpano Botanic Bitter, fresh lemon juice and egg white.

To make the cocktail place vodka, Carpano Bitter, orange liqueur and lemon juice in a dry shaker with the egg white of one egg.  Dry shake for a few seconds.  Then add a scoop of ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.  Garnish with a cherry and serve. Luxardo cherries are the best to garnish this cocktail.  We didn’t have any on hand. (We just made it through the winter storm of the century… remember?)

Some of you may be worried by the egg white.  The egg white gives this cocktail a pretty little froth on the top.  However, there is always a risk when consuming raw eggs.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz.

As we mentioned above, this cocktail is light.  Because of the bitter, the flavor is not overly sweet which helps it pair well with a breakfast or light lunch.  Since it has a beautiful pink color, this cocktail would make a great impression at a bridal brunch/luncheon or any gals’ get-together!  We are going to keep this in mind for any future AC (After COVID) ladies lunches that Rhonda decides to host!

Stay warm this week and hang in there.  We have almost made it to March!

 

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

Cheer on the Chiefs with a Pomegranate Negroni

Tomorrow is the big day when the Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Bucs to see if they can #RunItBack.  We told you last week that we are bringing red cocktails and treats to you for the month of February to celebrate the month of love.  It just so happens that the team we LOVE has red jerseys! (Hey! Love doesn’t always have to be romantic love.)

Our last post was about the delicious Pomegranate Martini, and this week Craig wanted us to post a more manly drink, so we bring you the Pomegranate Negroni.  Negroni’s are a famously Italian cocktail that is one of Craig’s most favorite.

Typically a Negroni is made with gin, a bitter and vermouth.  This recipe replaces the vermouth for the fruity flavor of pomegranate juice.  We tried the recipe with vermouth and Craig felt like the pomegranate juice and vermouth were not compatible.

If you are reading this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Pomegranate Negroni.

If you are looking for some other super bowl snacks, check out our list of past posts that scored big in our house.

Corralejo Lime Guac

Cola and Whiskey Brisket

Octoberfest Chili

Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Borghetti Brownie Caramel Bites

Golden Mint Crinkles

Love You More Cookies

Menty Brownies

Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies

The Blind Pig Family tailgating at a Chiefs game in 2019.

We are getting our snacks ready for the big game.  Rhonda will have a Pomegranate Martini in her hand and Craig will be sipping the red Pomegranate Negroni as we cheer on Patrick Mahomes and the boys.  What are your plans for watching the big game?

 

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

We Love the Espresso Martini

We were looking through past posts reflecting on cocktails that we have shared with you.  We realized that one of the cocktails that has been on our favorites list for the past several years we have never shared with you.  Crazy, but I guess other ideas and recipes have beat our Espresso Martini recipe out. Not sure how this has happened, but in 2021 we are looking through our files and making sure we share some of our top recipes with you.

The Espresso Martini has been around for a few years, but has recently reached an all-time high in popularity.  Currently it ranks at #6 on Drinks International list of best selling cocktails.  Wondering how to make this delicious cocktail at home?  Well, we’ve got you covered.

Our recipe includes our favorite espresso liqueur, Caffe’ Borghetti, vodka, vanilla syrup and a couple splashes of milk.  Shake these ingredients together to form a nice froth and you are good to go!  We garnished ours with a few espresso beans and some cocoa on the top to give it a nice presentation. We make our Espresso Martini with Caffe’ Borghetti, because it is the only espresso liqueur made with real espresso beans.  It is delicious!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Espresso Martini.

The Espresso Martini is a great dessert drink, but can also hold its own as an anytime cocktail.  Caution: this is not a cocktail to sip on right before bedtime.

We would love to hear from you if you try out our Espresso Martini.  We love it and hope you will too!

 

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

The Mistletoe

Christmas is quickly approaching and this week we are happy to share with you an excellent Christmas cocktail.  Whether you are toasting on this Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, it is the perfect cocktail to top off your holiday celebrations.

This cocktail is quick and easy to make. There is no need for fussy ingredients.  It is light and a bit tart so it pairs nicely with a Christmas ham or delicious holiday sweets.

To make this delicious, festive cocktail you need your favorite gin, lemon juice, cranberry simple syrup and an egg white. There is a little bit of prep with creating your own cranberry simple syrup. It’s not very time consuming, but you will want this prepped before guests arrive.

We’ve made simple syrups in other recipes before, like in the Mojito and The Savannah Special.  Just follow the recipe or take a look back at our other posts.

Garnish this cocktail with some frozen cranberries and a sprig of rosemary and you have a holiday winner!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for The Mistletoe.

We have one more post that we are going to send your way this week, and then we are taking some time off to enjoy life with the piglets.  Look for a post Wednesday or Thursday for one more holiday recipe.  We are going to be busy this week completing shopping, baking and wrapping.  What are your plans for the countdown to Christmas?

Make sure to check out these  and other Blind Pig Blog holiday recipes.

Cranberry Rum Slush

Holiday Aperol Spritz

Holiday Margarita

Jingle Gin Punch

Merry Margarita

Pomegranate Paloma

Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Borghetti Brownie Caramel Bites

Golden Mint Crinkles

Love You More Cookies

Menta Truffles

Menty Brownies

Thin Mentas

Yum Rum Balls

 

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

Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

‘Tis the season to do some holiday baking.  Blind Piglet #1 and Rhonda are getting started on our annual holiday goodie baskets today.  One of our favorite additions to our goodie basket is the delicious Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie.  This cookie is a wonderful combination of a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss plopped in the middle. This year we decided to add a little extra something to our Peanut Butter Blossoms and Blind Pig them up a bit.  Surprise!

Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms are so easy to make and are always a fan favorite anytime of the year. We made ours with a basic family recipe that we got from Grandma Ruth.  To make these golden, buttery delights you will need flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, egg, salt, baking soda, dark rum and chocolate kisses.  The addition of dark rum to this recipe increases the buttery richness of this cookie and pairs nicely with the peanut butter.

After mixing the dough, you will need to roll the dough into little balls.  Make sure to use the trick we shared with you in our post for Golden Mint Crinkles.  Spray your hands with some cooking spray before you roll the dough.  It makes for an easier time working the dough and creates a smoother texture that cooks evenly.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full recipe for Boozy Peanut Blossoms.

Boozy Peanut Blossoms are the perfect addition to a holiday goodie basket or packaged as a stocking stuffer.  Because Boozy Peanut Blossoms taste yummier with a glass of milk, rumor has it that this is one of Santa’s favorites! A word of warning: These did not last long at our house.  Make sure you save some for Santa.

Is your mouth watering yet?  What are you waiting for? Start baking these delicious treats today!

 

Bring on the Merry with a Pomegranate Paloma

Did you try out last week’s Holiday Margarita?  We have another cheerful cocktail to share with you.  You may remember from past posts that Paloma’s are one of our favorite easy-to-fix cocktails for summer.  We  love the festive flair that pomegranates bring to cocktails during the holiday season.  We combined these two favorites for a cheerful pom paloma drink.

There are many pomegranate paloma recipes on the internet, but we have developed our own which earned six thumbs up (Craig, Rhonda and Blind Piglet #1)!  We make ours with blanco tequila (we used Espalon), pom juice, lime juice, cocktail ready agave nectar and Topo Chico with lime. Since this cocktail has 1.5 ounces of alcohol shared among too drinks, it won’t get you too tipsy under the mistletoe.

If you are viewing this post via email, please visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full printable recipe for the Pomegranate Paloma.

Pomegranates are always a great addition to any holiday cocktail. The fruity flavor gives a festive vibe without overpowering appetizers or desserts, the color is beautiful and looks great near any holiday spread, and its easy to garnish with rosemary or other holiday trinkets.  In fact, the color of the Pomegranate Paloma is such a beautiful, rich, red that you might see this pop up again if a certain team makes it to the Super Bowl!

Try out this easy-to-fix and drink cocktail tonight.  We’d love to hear what you think. More fun holiday ideas are on the way to you over the next few weeks.  We are hoping that we can get all of them in before we reach Christmas. (Fingers crossed!)  Good luck with your holiday decorating, shopping, and wrapping!

 

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