Top Off Your Thanksgiving Feast with a Pumpkin Espresso Martini

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We know we are a few days early, but we wanted our favorite readers to know how thankful we are that you stop by our little corner of the vast internet.  We appreciate your comments, your shares with friends and your encouragement.  We have much to be grateful for this year – our health, our three piglets, our friendships and our families.

One of our favorite things we like about The Blind Pig Blog is creating new drinks and recipes.  We went back to the vault for this one. (Yes that is a reference to T. Swift.) We loved our Spiced Pumpkin Martini that we first shared with you years ago, but we decided to update the recipe a bit by adding a little Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.  We think it is even better than the original.

The new cocktail has a hint of pumpkin entertwined with the flavor of real espresso – a delicious combination. Pumpkin pie spice sprinkled across the top accents the cocktail with a touch of autumn, and the chocolate syrup drizzled inside the glass makes the cocktail complete.

The Pumpkin Espresso Martini is a great drink to serve to guests after your Thanksgiving Feast or save it for guests who drop by while they are in town over the holidays.

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Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

 

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

For the Love of Peanut Butter

Who loves peanut butter?  Peanut butter is one of our favorite flavors. From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to a yummy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, we can’t get enough. The Blind Pig Blog has incorporated some delicious peanut butter recipes in the past, such as:

24 kt. Cheesecake

Caffe’ Borghetti Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie

Fondue: Three Ways

Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Butterfinger Bourbon Pie.

This is the first time that we are incorporating our favorite flavor into a yummy cocktail for all of you peanut butter lovers out there: Peanut Butter Caffe’!  This yummy cocktail is perfect for an after dinner drink or served as a dessert.  It is made from two basic ingredients – Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur and Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey.  Shake these two ingredients vigorously over ice and serve.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for Peanut Butter Caffe’.

We have ours pictured with our delicious Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms.  The distinct flavor of peanut butter pairs with a hint of espresso to make a wonderful flavor combination.  This cocktail is delicious on its own or served with a peanut butter sweet treat.  Try it out and let us know what you think!

 

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

Borghetti Mudslide

We were first introduced to mudslides on our honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at the Sandals Resort.  Since the resort was all inclusive, Craig sucked down mudslides for what seemed like all day long.  Our palettes have changed a bit since those days of soaking up the Caribbean sun on the beach.  We don’t have many mudslides these days.  However, we wanted to remind you of this tasteful treat.  It is an easy delight for guests or a delicious dessert to end a cookout.  The beauty is that you do not need to bake or prep all day long to make this special concoction.

We made our mudslide with our favorite espresso liqueur, Caffe’ Borghetti.  Other ingredients are premium vodka, Irish cream, vanilla ice cream, heavy cream and ice.  We used whipped cream, Hershey’s chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles for garnish.

Place all of the ingredients, except garnishes into a blender.  Blend well. Pour into prepared cocktail glass.  We used a large schooner glass.  However, this would also work great in a martini glass or a tall glass beer mug.

Prior to adding the liquid to the serving glass, we drizzled chocolate syrup around the inside rim of the glass to give the drink the sliding mud effect.  You can learn more about garnishing your mudslide in our previous post, “Who Needs Half Price Shakes After 8?”

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

Go ahead and give the mudslide a try.  Your taste buds will be thankful that you did!

 

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

Show Dad S’more Love with This Delicious Dessert

The heat is on and summer is in full swing.  Surely you knew a post with ice cream was coming soon.  We love ice cream at The Blind Pig Blog.  Nothing says, “Hello, Summer!” like some yummy ice cream.  However, another thing that makes us think of summer is sitting around a roaring campfire roasting marshmallows and eating s’mores.  Yumm-O! What a better idea than to combine two of summer’s favorite treats into one yummy calorie-filled treat for Dad?  Yes, of course, we will say that we just HAVE to make this dessert for Dad! So in support of dads everywhere, we will sacrifice and share with you the recipe for S’mores Ice Cream Cake.

Like most ice cream cakes, this recipe is not difficult to follow, but you do need to plan a day or two in advance.  This is not something that can just be whipped up at the last minute.  To create this delectable dessert you will need graham crackers (of course), whole toasted almonds, sugar, unsalted butter, vanilla ice cream, fudge sauce,  Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur, marshmallow crème, and miniature marshmallows.

To start you will preheat the oven to 350 degrees while you finely grind the graham crackers, toasted almonds and sugar together in a food processor. Add melted butter and process until moist crumbs form. Next press the graham mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a springform pan.  Bake the crust for about 12 minutes.  Cool the crust completely.

After crust is completely cooled, remove ice cream from the freezer and soften.  Spoon a layer of ice cream into the bottom of the crust approximately one inch thick.

You can make your own fudge sauce for the cake or cheat (which is what we did this time).  If you are cheating, empty a jar of Smucker’s Fudge Sauce into a small microwaveable bowl.  Add one ounce of Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur to the sauce and heat in the microwave for about 1 minute.  Stir together Caffe’ Borghetti and sauce until smooth.  Spoon half of the fudge sauce over the layer of ice cream.  Place the cake into the freezer for two hours.  After two hours remove the ice cream and soften again. Spoon a layer of softened ice cream on top of the bottom layer of ice cream and fudge.  Add an additional layer of fudge on top of the second layer of ice cream.  Return the cake to the freezer for 12-24 hours. You may want to save some fudge to drizzle over the top of the cake before serving.

Remove cake from freezer.  Spread a thin layer of marshmallow crème over the top of the cake.  Sprinkle the cake with mini marshmallows.  At this point you have two choices in how you would like to proceed. The first choice is to place the cake on a cookie sheet, turn on the broiler in your oven and lightly toast the marshmallows.  However, placing an ice cream cake into a warm oven sounded a little contradictory to us, so we opted for another option.  Option 2 is to use a small kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows.  We lightly toasted the marshmallows with the kitchen torch and it worked perfectly.  We did not have to worry about melting our ice cream cake in the oven and we had yummy toasted marshmallows.  We understand that everyone is not as lucky as Rhonda to have a family who gifts unique kitchen gadgets for Christmas and birthdays, so we wanted you to be informed of the oven option.

The ice cream cake after the layer of marshmallow crème is added.

Rhonda’s handy dandy kitchen torch.

The top of the cake after lightly toasting marshmallows.

After toasting, drizzle remaining fudge over the top of the toasted marshmallows.  Cut into single servings and let your family enjoy the ultimate taste of summer.

If you are viewing this post via email, please visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for S’mores Ice Cream Cake.

We hope you and your dad or dads love this dessert.  If you want to make this dessert and just think of your dad while you are eating it, that’s okay too! Either way, Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads out there.  We love you!

 

A Little Tiramisu for You

Tiramisu is one of our favorite desserts that we love to order when we eat at an Italian restaurant.  After researching this dessert a bit, we noticed that the word tiramisu in Italian means pick me up. What a perfect name for a dessert that makes almost anyone smile!

Most tiramisu recipes call for using a double boiler and lots of extra steps in the recipe.  This was just a little too high maintenance for us, until we found this easy tiramisu recipe.  We adapted the recipe and Blind Pigged it up, and now you have our version of tiramisu.

First you will need to secure all of the ingredients.  Most ingredients are easy to find although we want to share a few tips for finding the ladyfingers, mascarpone and Caffe’ Borghetti.  We could not find ladyfinger cookies at our local Kroger, although on line it said that some Krogers have it.  Our advice is check ahead of time before heading out to buy your ladyfingers.  We purchased ours at Sprouts, and we noticed that specialty stores  like World Market had some.  If you purchase the ladyfingers from your regular grocery store, you may look near the bakery or in a specialty food section of the store.

If you have not purchased mascarpone cheese before, it will be near your specialty cheeses.  We found ours in the cheese section near the deli at Kroger.  It comes in a small cylindrical container similar to cream cheese.

We have shared many recipes with Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur before. (We can’t help ourselves it works so well with some many things!)  Look or ask for Caffe’ Borghetti in your favorite store where you purchase other liquor.  There is a specific reason why you want Caffe’ Borghetti.  Caffe’ Borghetti is the only espresso liqueur that is made from espresso coffee first.  How we can best explain it is that other coffee liqueurs are liqueurs that have added a coffee flavor to them.  Caffe’ Borghetti makes fresh Italian espresso coffee and THEN adds the alcohol to the coffee.  There is a big difference in quality and taste.  You may want to order your Caffe’ Borghetti from Drizly which is an on-line liquor store.

This recipe is for making small servings of the tiramisu.  You will want to find small serving bowls, cocktail glasses, or if you want the dessert to be really petite, shot glasses.  We used small 8 ounce cocktail glasses.

To make this easy dessert you will need to first whip the whipping cream.  Whip it with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Place in refrigerator to chill.

Next pour 1/2 cup of Caffe’ Borghetti into a shallow bowl.  Break ladyfingers in half and dip both sides of the ladyfingers in the liqueur.  Place ladyfingers in the bottom of cocktail glass.

In a mixer beat together the eggs and sugar for four minutes until pale yellow and fluffy.  Add in the mascarpone cheese and mix until well incorporated.  Fold in the whipping cream with a spatula.  Make sure not to over mix.

Add a layer of the cheese mixture atop the ladyfingers.  Add another layer of ladyfingers dipped in the espresso liqueur. Add a final layer of cheese mixture.

Top with sifted cocoa powder and shaved, unsweetened chocolate.  Place in a refrigerator to chill for a minimum of an hour prior to serving.  Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Note:  This recipe is made with raw eggs.  Raw eggs may contain foodborne illnesses.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full recipe for Caffe’ Borghetti Tiramisu.

This low fuss recipe is the perfect pairing for an Italian dinner.  It also works well as a dessert that can be made a day ahead.  Need a pick me up? Try out the Caffe’ Borghetti Tiramisu and let us know what you think!

 

 

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!

 

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.

Caffe’ Toffee Ice Cream

We know what you are thinking.  You saw the title of this post and thought, “Enough with the ice cream!”  We know. We know.  We just couldn’t help ourselves.  The base ice cream recipe that we used for Boozy Berry Ice Cream was so delicious and turned out so well, that we just had to try it with another flavor.  Can we just tell you that once again this ice cream did not disappoint!  Is “Ice Cream Connoisseur” an official job title?  And if it is where do we apply?

This ice cream delicioso is made from the same base that we used a few weeks ago.  However, this time after mixing the base, we added one quarter cup of Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur (We know but it’s so versatile!!!) and a half cup of Heath Bits.  Mix those well into the ice cream base after you have frozen the base in your ice cream freezer.  Place in plastic container in the freezer and 2-3 hours later get ready to enjoy!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for Caffe’ Toffee Ice Cream.

The hint of coffee flavor mixed with the bits of toffee surprise make an excellent pairing for this creamy ice cream.  If you try it out, we would love to hear what you think!

 

Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert

This past Sunday was National Ice Cream Day, and any loyal Blind Pig reader can tell you that ice cream is definitely one of our weaknesses!  How can it not be?  This week we have a delicious frozen dessert with a boozy bite to share with you: Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert.

This dessert is a low prep dessert for an impressive return on your investment.  Aside from the taste and the instant visual appeal, this dessert can be made hours or days ahead of your social event.  It is the perfect summer dessert, because you do not need to heat up the oven and risk making your kitchen hot.

The Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert is made with brandy, Creme de Cacao, and Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.  The boozy flavor of this dessert can be attributed to the combination of the trio of liqueurs with ice cream.

To create this yummy treat, you will need to place 5-6 scoops of ice cream in a blender along with a portion of the 3 liqueurs.  Blend the ice cream and then pour the mixture into a large bowl.  You will do this step 3-4 times until all of the ice cream has been blended with the liqueur.  Next stir the ice cream mixture well to make sure that the liqueur is well blended with the ice cream.  After mixing, ladle the ice cream mixture into serving glasses.

Place in the freezer until ready to serve (about an hour or two).  Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and Pirouette cookies.   Because of the alcohol content in this dessert, we recommend it for adults only.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete downloadable recipe for Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert.

Try Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert this weekend or check out some of our other great frozen treats!

Butterfinger Bourbon Pie

Caffe’ Borghetti PBIF Pie

TBPB Cannonball!

Choco Menta Shake

Espresso Ice Cream

Kerrygold Caramel Shake

Oreo Menta Shake

Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

 

Happy Memorial Day with a Toffee Surprise

Although the past couple of months have felt like years, we have finally made it to the unofficial start of Summer.  Congratulations!  Last night The Blind Pig Family watched Blind Piglet #2 graduate from high school in a  semi-graduation made for the era of social distancing.  With some closure on the school year, we are ready to feel the good vibes of summer and social distance ourselves from constantly thinking about COVID.

If you are bringing on those good vibes at the lake or beach this weekend or you are hanging out in your own backyard, we have a delicious and extremely easy dessert you can make.

To make the Toffee Surprise you need only three ingredients: your favorite vanilla ice cream, Heath toffee bits, and Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.  We made our dessert with Blue Bell’s Vanilla Bean ice cream, and you can find the Heath Toffee bits on the baking aisle of your grocery store.  If you can’t find the toffee bits, you improvise by purchasing Heath bars and breaking them into tiny bits.

Place 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream into individual serving bowls or glasses.  Sprinkle with the toffee bits.  Don’t be afraid to be generous with the sprinkling!  Finally drizzle Caffe’ Borghetti over the top of the toffee bits and ice cream. Then you are ready to serve!  If you want to make your dessert ahead of time, you can prep the desserts and place in the freezer until ready to serve.  The Borghetti will solidify some, but it still has a great flavor and appeal!

The combo of toffee and coffee make this dessert a super yummy treat!  Try Toffee Surprise this weekend and let us know what you think!