A Better Aperol Spritz

aperol spritzHello Friends!  How was your week?  We have been busy around The Blind Pig Headquarters searching and trying out a lot of new recipes to share with you!  However, before we move on to something new, we wanted to share a classic cocktail with you that we feel we have actually made a little bit better.

Remember a couple of months ago when we went to California for a much needed anniversary trip?  We stayed at our friend Mike’s house and he offered to make us an Aperol Spritz.  Normally, Rhonda perks up at anything with the name of spritz because she knows it contains prosecco or something else bubbly and delicious.  However, Rhonda has tried Aperol Spritz’s in the past.  They were all the rage when she visited Blind Piglet #1 in London last spring.  This classic cocktail has been a little bit heavy on the Aperol side, which takes some acquired taste.  However, Mike’s Aperol Spritz was very drinkable and delicious.  So Mike shared his secret sauce with us!

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To make an Aperol Spritz you need: Aperol, chilled prosecco, and olives in saltwater.  What is Aperol?  Aperol is an apertif made in Italy.  It has a bitterness to it — thus why Rhonda did not like the flavor. The olives we used were purchased at Whole Foods.  You want to make sure to splurge and buy some higher end olives to round out the bitterness of the Aperol.  And while you’re at it — toss in more than one.

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Place a large cube of ice in your glass.  It is very trendy to now serve an Aperol Spritz in a large cabernet wine glass.  Since it is a classic cocktail it also has a distinct appeal in a rocks glass — especially when you use a large block of ice.  Next pour in a ounce and half of Aperol over the ice.  Pour 2 ounces of chilled prosecco over the Aperol.  Finish with an olive or two.  Sip and Savor.  If the Aperol is too strong for your taste, just add a little more prosecco to your glass.

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Will you enjoy a classic Aperol Spritz this weekend?  We would love to hear about it!

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Italian Mojito

italian mojitoHey friends!  We apologize for getting our post ready a little late this week.  It was Blind Piglet #2 and #3’s first week back to school.  We had hockey and soccer practices and soccer games and well, you know the drill.  Watching a soccer game in 100 degree heat can start a craving for a light and refreshing beverage.  Thus we decided to share the Italian Mojito with you.

You may remember our Zaya Mojito that we shared with you during the summer of 2017.  This is still one of our easy favs. However, when you see how simple and refreshing the Italian Mojito is, it may make it to the top of your quick and easy cocktail list.

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We first introduced you to Brancamenta, the main ingredient in the Mojito, last summer when we featured Who Needs Half Price Shakes After 8?   Brancamenta is an Italian apertivo-digestivo with a distinctive mint flavor.  It is delicious in many beverages and recipes and is the star of the Italian Mojito.

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To make the Italian Mojito you need a few basic ingredients: Brancamenta, Sprite, (We used Sprite Zero to cut down on calories.) a lime and mint leaves.  Place the mint leaves and juice of half of lime in a  shaker and muddle.  Next add ice and  Brancamenta.  Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.  Pour into a glass and top off with Sprite. Garnish with a mint sprig or slice of lime.

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The Italian Mojito is less sweet than a traditional mojito, while still maintaining that refreshing minty flavor.  If you like a little fizz in your drinks, then you will like the energizing bubbles that the Sprite adds to this cocktail.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  You may find out that it was mint to be!

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Italian Negroni

italian negroniHey friends, June 4th kicks off National Negroni week.   We have been saving our Italian Negroni just for this special occasion.  “Never tried a negroni,” you say.  If you are into classic cocktails, this week will be a real treat for you.

Negronis are said to have come about in Florence when an  Italian count suggested that the club soda in his Americano be replaced with gin. The key words in the above sentence are Italian and gin.  The negroni is an Italian creation.  Typically when most bartenders think of gin, they do not grab for an Italian gin.  To properly bring the negroni back to its original roots, we are pairing it with an all Italian cast.

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In our Italian Negroni we use 3 Italian liquors: Malfy Originale Gin (We told you about Malfy Limone in the Cucumber Gin Spritz.), Carpano Antica Vermouth (which we told you about in our Carpano Sangria recipe last summer), and Campari.  The Italian Negroni is a true classic cocktail with an aggressive taste profile.

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This recipe is so easy to make.  Pour 1 ounce of Malfi Gin, 1 ounce of Carpano Antica Vermouth, and 1 ounce of Campari into a rocks glass.  Garnish with an orange peel and ice.  We chose to use one of our ice spheres in our cocktail.

This cocktail is a great beverage to serve dads on Father’s Day, or for a guys’ night out.  Let us know if you try it out!

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Disclaimer:  The 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.

Classic Boulevardier

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Hey friends.  For those of you who are new to our blog, welcome.  We are glad you stopped by.  To our loyal followers, we hope you have some Beer Brisket cooking in your crockpot for the big game on Sunday night.  This week we are going back to classic cocktails to give you two great ways to make a Boulevardier.

The word boulevardier, according to Webster’s Dictionary, refers to men who were worldly and socially active.  The first boulevardiers got their name from the thoroughfares they frequented: the boulevards of Paris.  Unlike many nicknames, “boulevardier” is generally a complimentary term. It is quite fitting that this term refers to men, because the boulevardier drink is usually a drink that appeals to men over women.  Craig loves Boulevardiers — Rhonda not so much.  They are very alcohol forward, but a great crowd pleaser for those who want a classic cocktail vibe.

Here’s how we make ours.  We made a large batch for a party that we hosted.  We started it two weeks prior to the party, so the flavors had plenty of time to blend and mature prior to serving.

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Templeton Rye, Carpano Antica Formula, and Campari are needed to make a Classic Boulevardier.

We used our infusion barrel.  Prior to using a barrel like this, make sure to fill it and soak it in water for a few hours.  You want the wood to expand and seal against itself.  Otherwise, you will have your drink leaking everywhere, and you don’t want that!

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We filled the barrel with 1 liter of Templeton Rye Whiskey.  Rye whiskey is a key ingredient in a Classic Boulevardier.  You don’t want any whiskey other than rye.  Next add 1 liter of Carpano Antica Formula.  We shared Carpano Antica with you back when we made our Sangria. Next add 750 milliliters of Campari, and finally add in about a teaspoon of Angostura bitters.

Most barrels do not have large openings, so make sure you have a funnel handy for pouring the liquor.  You can also use the funnel pour spouts like we have in the photos.  After two weeks, pour in a rocks glass and serve with a single large cube of ice. Sip slowly and enjoy.

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Classic Boulevardier

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Classic Boulevardier

  • 1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula
  • 1 ounce Templeton Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4  ounce of Campari
  • dash of Angostura Bitters

Stir and pour into a rocks glass.  Serve.

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