Hugs and Kisses for the Raspberry Mojito

Valentine’s Day is just days away.  You might have big intentions for your sweetie,  you might be keeping it low key, or perhaps you have a big Gal-entine’s Day celebration on the horizon.  No matter how your Valentine’s Day works out, we have a great little cocktail to share with you — The Raspberry Mojito.  This cocktail hits all of The Blind Pig’s major requirements.  It’s easy to make. It’s very tasty, and the raspberries and mint give it a punch of fresh.

We start with easy ingredients which are on hand in most liquor and grocery stores this time of year.  You will need a package of fresh raspberries, mint leaves, lime juice, cocktail-ready agave nectar, white rum, and Prosecco.  Strawberries are usually a popular berry around Valentine’s Day. However, we liked that the raspberries still give the drink a pretty pinkish color, but were a little different than the traditional fare.  The Prosecco gives it a touch of romance.  Guys, this is a great way to have a little bubbly, but show you made some extra effort to make a cocktail special for your sweetheart. Wink. Wink.

Place 6 ounces of raspberries in the bottom of a shaker and muddle along with the lime juice, agave nectar, and mint leaves.  Double strain into a wine glass.  Pour rum into the glass. Top off with Prosecco and add ice. Garnish with a stem of mint leaves and several raspberries.  What a lovely drink.

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How will show your love or friendship this Valentine’s Day?  We’d love to hear about it.

Need some other great Valentine’s ideas from The Blind Pig Blog?  Check these past posts out.

Espresso Fudge

The Love Triangle

Love You More Cookies

Tickle Me Pink

Rose Old Fashioned

 

 

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

When Life Gives You Roses

Welcome back, Blind Piggers!  How was your President’s Day weekend with mattress sales and Roasted Breckenridge Cherries?  Our weekend was eventful to say the least.  There is always excitement with two teenage boys living at home and festivities with friends.

This week we are closing out our Roses Are Red February Series with an aptly chosen cocktail — The Rose Old Fashioned.  We found this recipe in the Dallas Morning News April 28, 2018 issue.  Instead of sharing it in April, we thought this cocktail  is perfect for a couple of weeks after Valentine’s Day.  Your bouquet of roses is fading by now, but don’t throw those rose petals out! Oh no!  When life gives you roses… make a Rose Old Fashioned.

Yes, this cocktail is made with rose water from your very own roses.  Don’t know how to make rose water? Pish!  It’s easy.  First rinse rose petals from one-two roses.  Place them in a bowl and let them dry out.  This will take about 2-3 days depending on how old your roses are.  When ready take 1/4 cup of dried rose petals and place in a small sauce pan with 1 1/2 cups of water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce the temperature and simmer until the color of the roses has completely faded. (Enjoy the beautiful rose scent that fills your kitchen.)  Ours simmered for about 45 minutes.  Remove heat, but leave the lid on the saucepan and let it cool completely.  Use a strainer to strain petals from the water.  The water now has a nice rose color.  Store in an airtight container.

Next use the rose water to make Rose Simple Syrup.  You make simple syrup the same as usual, but this time you add a little rose water to the mix.  Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of rose water in a saucepan.  Heat over low until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.  We know what you are thinking, “Making that rose water was a lot of work for 1/2 teaspoon in the simple syrup.”  You couldn’t be more right, but aren’t roses always a little high maintenance?

For the Old Fashioned add 5 dashes of bitters and 2 teaspoons of chilled rose simple syrup into a rocks glass and stir.  Add a block of ice.  Pour two ounces of whiskey over the top and garnish with a swirl of orange peel, a blood orange slice and a rose petal.

Too alcohol forward for you, ladies?  Perhaps this is a way to show your guy some extra appreciation for that bouquet he gave you? Or as we like to say, “We have mixed drinks about feelings.” 🙂

You may be wondering what you should do with all that extra rose water. We learned it has a variety of uses, such as,

  • Soothes skin irritation.
  • Soothes sore throats.
  • Reduces skin redness.
  • Helps prevent and treats infections.
  • Contains antioxidants.
  • Heals cuts, scars, and burns.
  • Enhances mood.
  • Relieves headaches.

But don’t take our word for it. Visit the folks at healthline.com. 

If you are viewing this post via email, check out the Rose Old Fashioned on our website for a downloadable version of the recipe.

Posts you may have missed in our February Series, “Roses Are Red.”

You Say Tomato… We Say Bloody Mary

Love You More Cookies

Rosa Spritz

Roasted Breckenridge Cherries

Have a great week!   Next week we will be sharing some great March posts with you.

       

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.