Kicking Off Summer with a Carpano Botanic Spritz

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Do you have big plans?  We are enjoying spending time with the Piglets.  We are all back together because Piglet #3 graduated from high school last weekend!  Now we are looking forward to taking our masks off and soaking up the summer!  Anyone who is into summer also needs the perfect summer cocktail, so we are sharing one of Rhonda’s favorites the Carpano Botanic Spritz.

If you are a fan of the Aperol Spritz you will love the Carpano Botanic Spritz even more! We have shared other posts with you using Carpano Botanic Bitter, such as, the Carpano Botanic Bitter Fizz , and the Chocolate Negroni.    Carpano Botanic Bitter is a better ingredient choice in your cocktails because it has 10 essential rare botanicals that create its delicious flavor.  It is made with 40 percent less sugar than comparable bitters which makes it less syrupy and sweet.

The Carpano Botanic Spritz is a wonderful patio sipper because it is a light and refreshing cocktail that doesn’t give you the alcohol fog that other cocktails produce. The reddish pink color makes for an appetizing appeal for any occasion.  Of course, anything with a few bubbles added in is perfect, according to our criteria.

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What are you waiting for?  Find the nearest patio and order or mix up a Carpano Botanic Spritz right now!  Happy Memorial Day weekend.

 

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

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.

Flower Power Part 2: Hibiscus Mule

We hope you are soaking in your last days of summer.  Blind Piglet #3 went back to school this week for his final year of high school, and we take Piglet #2 to college in Kansas City this week.  Since we are still basking in the rays of summer, we thought it was appropriate to share Flower Power Part 2 with you!

You may remember a few weeks ago when we shared the Hibiscus Spritz on The Blind Pig.  We talked about our hunt for hibiscus blooms and how to create hibiscus concentrate.  We have another great hibiscus drink this week.  If you are a mule fan you will be delighted to try the Hibiscus Mule!

Like all mules, ginger beer and vodka are the base components of this delightful recipe, and, of course, we added in hibiscus concentrate  to give it some flower power. However, we would like to introduce you to the new kid on the block, Carpano Botanic Bitter.  This new kid has been in the Fratelli Branca vault for awhile, but was just recently released for consumption in the the United States.   How can it not be a great fit for Flower Power Part 2 with the word Botanic in its name?  We’ve had some Carpano Botanic Bitter in our household for several weeks, but had to keep our lips sealed until if officially hit the shelves.  If you live near a Total Wine, you are in luck! Don’t be afraid to ask your favorite liquor store for it.  Managers are often willing to bring in products that their customers are looking for.

So how do you make this delicious cocktail?  Fill a mug with ice.  Add vodka, hibiscus flower concentrate and Carpano Botanic Bitter.  Top off with chilled ginger beer and stir.  Garnish with your favorite berries.  It is so easy, tasty and fresh!

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So what do you think?  Are you going to stir up a Hibiscus Mule and soak in some sun this weekend?   We think that’s an excellent idea.