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.

 

 

 

July Bonus Post: A Walk on the Moon

There is something that you may not know about The Blind Pig household.  It is full of history and science buffs, so we couldn’t let the month of July pass without a toast to our fateful heroes of 50 years ago for taking a wild ride in July of 1969 and landing on the rock closest to Earth.  Cheers to you, Buzz, Neil, and Mike!  As we composed this post we couldn’t help humming the the tune of Rocket Man by Elton John.

To commemorate the golden anniversary of one small step and a giant leap, we found a cocktail! Are you surprised? The Moon Walk fits all of our usual criteria of easy, tasty and fresh.  This drink is so basic and easy we bet that Rhonda’s Aunt Marilyn even has all of these ingredients on hand.

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To make this delicious drink you need your favorite vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and fresh mint leaves.  Place the mint leaves in a shaker and muddle for a few seconds.  Add the vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup.  Shake over ice and pour into a martini glass.

If you are viewing this post via email, check out our full downloadable recipe at www.theblindpig.blog for The Moon Walk.

We garnished our Moon Walk with a full moon sphere ice ball and an American flag for a drink that is truly atmospheric.

Are you commemorating the lunar landing at your house?  We would love to know how!  Maybe while you are watching the lunar specials on tv, you can salute our American heroes with a toast.

 

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.

 

You Say Tomato… We Say Bloody Mary

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Hello friends!  We hope our friends in the North and the Midwest are able to thaw out enough to enjoy today’s post. We would like to take credit for the catchy title, but we borrowed it from Mudpie.  They have the cutest Bloody Mary pitcher! This week is our first post for the month of February and we are kicking off a February series called Roses are Red…  In this series we will be featuring drink and recipe ideas that speak to our “hearts” in some way.

This week we are featuring a drink idea that we have had for awhile, but couldn’t find the right place and time to share it with you.  Now, at first you may think that Bloody Mary’s are not very romantic, but we beg to differ.  Ladies, this is the perfect beverage to make for your honey when you make him breakfast in bread or Valentine’s brunch.  Men, surprise her with breakfast and a nice cocktail to start off her Saturday or Sunday.

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We have been fans of  Mateo’s Salsa for the last few years.  Mateo’s Salsa is made near us in Frisco, Texas. It is authentic and fresh tasting salsa, similar to salsa you would have at an authentic Mexican restaurant.  Once you try their salsa, you will never again go back to Pace.  No way!  So one day as Rhonda was shopping at Kroger, she noticed Mateo’s also had Bloody Mary mix.  Knowing the quality of their salsa, we decided to venture out and see what their Bloody Mary mix was like.  We are happy to report that their mix is very spicy, tasty and fresh.  It is perfect for an instant breakfast, brunch or anytime you feel like a Bloody Mary!  Mateo’s Salsa and Bloody Mary mix can be found at Kroger, Costco, Price Chopper, Hy-Vee, and Schnuck’s and many more fine retailers.

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Here’s how to make this delicious Bloody Mary.  First rim your glass with some salt and pepper rim mix.

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Next add two ounces of vodka to a glass filled with ice.  Bloody Mary’s are best served cold.

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Fill the glass with Mateo’s Bloody Mary Mix.

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Now for the fun part!  The best part about Bloody Mary’s is the garnishes.  In the realm of Bloody Mary’s, the crazier the better.  If you are having guests it is fun to set up a Bloody Mary bar where guests can enhance and garnish their own drinks.  You could even have a garnishing contest!

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Here are some suggested garnishes to have on hand: celery stalks, stuffed olives, peppers, cherry tomatoes, bacon, chunks of cheese, pickled asparagus, mini dill pickles, pickled baby corns, pickled asparagus, jalapeno peppers, shrimp,sliders, let your imagination run wild!

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Are Bloody Mary’s your thing?  Would you prep these for you honey as a Valentine’s Day surprise?  Let us know.  We would love to hear about it!

Make sure to join us next week for our 100th post on The Blind Pig Blog!

  

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.

Grown Up Berry Lemonade

 

grown up berry lemonadeHow has your week been?  Did you try the Caramel Rye Pie from last week’s post? We finally got some relief from the heat with a few rain showers and temps in the high 80’s.  Alleluia!  This is going to be a quick post this week, because we are moving Blind Piglet #1 back to college this weekend for her senior year. Blind Piglets #2 and #3 return to school next week.  We can’t believe that summer is almost over.

Although summer is winding down, you still have a few weekends left to enjoy the fun and the sun.  This week we share a quick and easy drink recipe with you: Grown Up Berry Lemonade.

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To make Grown Up Berry Lemonade you need a 52 ounce bottle of Minute Maid Lemonade.  We always use the low calorie Minute Maid Lite to save on calories.  Pour the lemonade into a large pitcher or drink dispenser.  Next add two cups of Seagram’s Berry Vodka. Add 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries.  The frozen berries add to the flavor and help to give the lemonade a berry pink color.  Garnish the lemonade in the pitcher or dispenser with slices of fresh lemon, fresh mint sprigs, and sliced strawberries.  Let the mixture sit for about an hour to allow time for the flavors to infuse.  Add ice to the pitcher or dispenser before serving.  Garnish individual servings with a berry and a mint sprig.

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This drink is sweet, summery, and refreshing.  It would make a great beverage for a bridal shower or girls summer luncheon.  Try it out this weekend and let us know what you think.

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Are you ready for summer to end?  We have enjoyed the break from the heat, but wish summer could last a few more weeks.

  

Disclaimer:  All 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.

 

Bonus Post: The Love Triangle

the love triangleHey friends, we are bringing you a bonus post this week. The idea of a bonus post was suggested by Rhonda’s friend, Melissa J.  Since there is so much going on — Olympics, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, we decided to try it out .

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In this post we are sharing a lovely drink that was invented by Rhonda.  Any similarities between this drink and others is purely coincidental.   Because we are releasing this drink idea so close to Valentine’s Day, we lovingly named it The Love Triangle.  We took advantage of garnishing it with heart shaped ice cubes.  However, this drink may not just be a weekend fling.  You may want to keep this sweetheart around for the whole year.

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The Love Triangle is made with a trio of main ingredients: vodka, pomegranate juice and diet ginger ale. (Thus “love triangle”…)  However, your heart won’t be pulled in three directions when you see how many calories are in this cocktail.  Only 88!  Yep, 88 little tiny calories.

So let’s get down to business.  How is this drink made?

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Pour one ounce of vodka, one ounce of pomegranate juice and juice from half of a lime in a rocks glass.  Add ice.  Top off with ginger ale and stir.

After one sweet sip of this drink, you will be torn.  Do you prefer the seductive taste of pomegranate?  Is it the bubbly ginger ale that has you giddy?  Or the smooth taste of the vodka that melts your heart?  You decide.

Do you want this recipe in a printable format?  Visit our website and click on the print button.

We hope you loved our bonus post for the month of February.  We appreciate any feedback you have, and our hearts go out to you even more if you  subscribe to our blog and follow us on pinterest and instagram.  Now go hug someone you love!