Celebrate with a Pomegranate Mimosa

We love cheery colorful cocktails around the holidays and this post is no different. The Pomegranate Mimosa is a bright cheery drink to savor with your Christmas morning breakfast or as an evening nightcap.  Garnish it with rosemary and pomegranate arils and let the festivities begin!

To make this delicious toast-worthy mimosa we used pomegranate juice, Carpano Botanic Bitter, and prosecco.  Stir together the pomegranate juice and Carpano Botanic Bitter in a pitcher and chill.  Add 1/2 cup of the bitter and pom juice to your serving glass and top off with prosecco.  Garnish with some arils and rosemary springs and toast to the holidays.

Due to the fruit juice base, some mimosas can be overly sweet.  The addition of the Botanic Bitter to the pom juice intensifies the cheerful holiday red color of the drink and softens the sweetness of the pomegranate juice.  It is just the right combination of flavors to pair with an egg casserole or an after dinner dessert.

If you are viewing this post via email, make sure to visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for our Pomegranate Mimosas.

Are you looking for some other holiday cocktails or breakfast ideas to serve?  Here are a few that we have used in the past.

Angry Orchard Bread🐷🐷🐷

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake

Christmas Morning Bread🐷🐷🐷

Chocolate Banana Bread🐷🐷🐷

Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls🐷🐷🐷

Kerrygold French Toast🐷🐷🐷

Cinnaspresso🐷🐷

Cranberry Rum Slush

Holiday Aperol Spritz

Holiday Margarita🐷🐷🐷

Jingle Gin Punch🐷🐷🐷

Merry Margarita🐷🐷🐷

The Mistletoe🐷🐷

Pomegranate Paloma🐷🐷

Call this post late or a few days early.  This will be our final post before Christmas.  May your holidays be merry and bright!

 

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A Look Back on 2020: TBPB’s Top 10 Posts

We finally made it to the final day of 2020.  As has been stated, this has been quite an interesting year.  We won’t go into all of the gory details that you have lived through and reviewed on End of Year TV specials.  There was a peaked curiosity for creating your own cocktails at home during the quarantines and shutdowns, which created an uptick in traffic at our little corner of the internet. We noticed that you like special cocktails for holidays and celebrations. Duly noted. We will be sure to bring you more of those in 2021. Join us for our yearly glance down memory lane with a look back at The Blind Pig Blog’s top 10 posts.

10. Butterfinger Bourbon Pie

We could not agree more that this delicious dessert belongs on our top list.  If you are a fan of Butterfinger candy bars, like Craig, this will be your best friend.

9. Fernet Branca Collins

The breakout cocktail of the summer. You could often see us sipping on one of these near the pool, so we are glad that you liked it too!  It is so delicious and light. Not only is it a great summer cocktail, but it is so very yummy anytime of year.  Look for this to start showing up on bar and restaurant menus!

8. Strawberry Aperol Spritz

The Strawberry Aperol Spritz was another satisfying summer cocktail that we shared with you.  The berries added the perfect amount of summer to an already classic drink.

7. Truly Watermelon Lemonade

Poolside and lakeside lazy summer days will never be the same without this easy on the go drink.  Trulys are one of the best selling hard seltzers, and we added a little more summer to the experience.

6. Red, White and Blue Smash

Celebrating the Fourth of July was a little more festive with this yummy, summer beverage. The colors were perfect for our nation’s birthday.

5. Holiday Margarita

The next three top posts were from the month of December with our holiday cocktails.  We agree with you that we found some delightful holiday cocktails to pump up the merry.

4. The Mistletoe

Yes, we couldn’t agree more that this cocktail was a great way to toast on Christmas Eve.

3. Pomegranate Paloma

This cocktail has become The Blind Pig household’s cocktail of the season.  It is so easy to drink and has just enough festive flavor for anytime of the year.

2. Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Our yummy cookies were a hit at our house and in our holiday treat boxes.  We hope you and your family enjoyed this holiday classic cookie with a twist.

1. Ten Holiday Cocktails

As we said earlier, it was evident that holiday cocktails were on your mind and in your searches this year. Our top post for the year was a list of our best holiday cocktails.

We hope you have a safe and wonderful NYE.  We will be staying in and watching the ball drop from the comfort of our home.  Make sure to tell others about our blog, we would love to see our following increase in 2021!

If you are looking for some great cocktails for tonight, make sure to check out our I Can Fix A Drink page.  Happy New Year!

 

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

 

Ten Holiday Cocktails to Make Everything Merry and Bright

Christmas Eve is upon us and you are most likely wrapping your final gifts and delivering special goodies to friends and family.  Craig is going to play Santa this afternoon and deliver our family holiday goodie baskets to friends and neighbors.  As you are making your final holiday plans we thought this would be a great opportunity to remind you of some special holiday cocktails.  Any of these spirited drinks pair nicely with a fire and some Christmas cookies, or make a great after dinner drink on Christmas day.

Christmas at The Blind Pig household has been pared down this year.  We are not traveling to see family, nor are we gathering with big groups, but these cocktails can help to make our celebration a little brighter as we look toward 2021 with hope and anticipation.

  1. Midnight Spice: This cocktail is one that we shared with you several years ago, it makes a delicious dessert cocktail.  It is also great for sipping on a little something around the fire.
  2. Spiced Manhattan was introduced to you as a Fall drink, but its bold flavor holds its own with rich holiday foods.  It’s the perfect cocktail for an evening toast.
  3. Punt e Mes Margarita: Margaritas are always a crowd pleaser.  This recipe has a robust flavor from the Punt e Mes. What better way to toast to Feliz Navidad!
  4. Punt e Mes Sangria: Are you making cocktails for a crew? The rich, bold flavor of the Punt e Mes Sangria will not only please your guests, but it will also keep you from mixing drinks as you entertain.
  5. Jingle Gin Punch: One of Rhonda’s all time favorites from The Blind Pig. How can you celebrate the holidays with out a little punch?
  6. Holiday Margarita: We took the popular margarita and added a little holiday to it.
  7. Merry Margarita: Another one of The Blind Pig Blog’s favs, this margarita is so easy to make, and yet so festive!
  8. Holiday Aperol Spritz: If you are a fan of the Aperol Spritz, this is fun way to spruce up the spritz as you celebrate.
  9. Pomegranate Paloma: This cocktail has been our house go to during the holiday season.  It is so pretty and festive and easy to mix.
  10. The Mistletoe: Another winner gin-based cocktail that has few ingredients and requires little prep.  You may even be able to earn an extra kiss from your sweetie if you mix up this beverage.

What are your plans for Christmas and New Year’s?  If you try out one of our cocktails, we would love to hear from you.

Our Blind Pig Family had a difficult time getting a good family pic this year for our Christmas cards. We did manage to find this one for the back of our card.

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2021.

 

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The Mistletoe

Christmas is quickly approaching and this week we are happy to share with you an excellent Christmas cocktail.  Whether you are toasting on this Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, it is the perfect cocktail to top off your holiday celebrations.

This cocktail is quick and easy to make. There is no need for fussy ingredients.  It is light and a bit tart so it pairs nicely with a Christmas ham or delicious holiday sweets.

To make this delicious, festive cocktail you need your favorite gin, lemon juice, cranberry simple syrup and an egg white. There is a little bit of prep with creating your own cranberry simple syrup. It’s not very time consuming, but you will want this prepped before guests arrive.

We’ve made simple syrups in other recipes before, like in the Mojito and The Savannah Special.  Just follow the recipe or take a look back at our other posts.

Garnish this cocktail with some frozen cranberries and a sprig of rosemary and you have a holiday winner!

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

We have one more post that we are going to send your way this week, and then we are taking some time off to enjoy life with the piglets.  Look for a post Wednesday or Thursday for one more holiday recipe.  We are going to be busy this week completing shopping, baking and wrapping.  What are your plans for the countdown to Christmas?

Make sure to check out these  and other Blind Pig Blog holiday recipes.

Cranberry Rum Slush

Holiday Aperol Spritz

Holiday Margarita

Jingle Gin Punch

Merry Margarita

Pomegranate Paloma

Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Borghetti Brownie Caramel Bites

Golden Mint Crinkles

Love You More Cookies

Menta Truffles

Menty Brownies

Thin Mentas

Yum Rum Balls

 

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Holiday Aperol Spritz

How are your holiday preparations coming along?  Since we were out of town so much the past two weeks with Piglet sports (Bucket List Adventure), we feel like we are still playing catch up.  We finally finished putting up the Christmas decorations last night.  (We know… this is way behind schedule for the Blind Pig Household.)  However, Craig got the outside lights up and looking festive and Rhonda finally finished the inside.  Now we can concentrate on entertaining, baking and shopping. Gish!

This week we have a delicious little cocktail just right for spreading holiday cheer.  This cocktail is light and refreshing. If you have been around our little blog for very long, you are well aware that Rhonda has an affinity for anything titled spritz — especially if there is a little Prosecco involved.  This cocktail is festive without the feeling of weighing you down like a heavier or cocktail or a glass of wine.  In fact, Rhonda is having a little soiree with some friends this week and plans on serving it to her friends.

Aperol, cranberry juice cocktail (we used sugar-free), grapefruit juice, Prosecco, a slice of orange, a handful of fresh cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary are all you need to create this spectacular cocktail.

Pour the Aperol, cranberry juice and  grapefruit juice in a rocks glass filled with ice.  Stir together. Top off with Prosecco and garnish with cranberries, orange slice and rosemary sprig.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us as www.theblindpig.blog for a complete printable recipe of Holiday Aperol Spritz.

Try the Holiday Aperol Spritz for your next holiday festivities, and see how your guests like it!  Do you have all of your holiday decorations complete?  What part of your decorating is your favorite?  Let us know.  We’d love to hear from you.

 

 

Thanksgiving Toast – Orange Anejo Sour

The Blind Pig Family has had quite a week!  We are headed out to soccer trip, to be followed by a hockey trip, and some other exciting adventures!  We can’t wait to share the details with you next week. In the meantime, we wanted to let you know how grateful we are to all of our loyal readers and followers.  Our Thanksgiving will be different this year as Blind Piglet #1 is staying in NYC and will be watching the Macy’s Day Parade from inside her office building. (It makes us tear up just to put that in writing.)

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This week we are sharing a lovely cocktail for the perfect Thanksgiving toast — Orange Anejo Sour.  The flavors in this drink are complex and interesting, but don’t worry, mixing it up for family and friends will be a snap!

Before we share the ingredient list with you, we want you to bear with us and give this cocktail a chance.  Most of our cocktails we share have only 3-4 ingredients.  This one has a few more than that, and it you do not frequent the cocktail bar scene, may seem a little unusual to you.  To make the Orange Anejo Sour you will need sliced oranges, sugar, mint leaves, anejo tequila, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur,  Carpano Antica Sweet vermouth, egg whites and blood orange San Pellegrino soda.

A few notes about these ingredients:  first of all, yes, this drink has raw egg whites.  If you cannot be exposed to raw eggs for health reasons, obviously this is not the cocktail for you.  The same goes for any guests you may be serving.  You want to use anejo tequila for this cocktail. Anejo tequila has been aged for 1-3 years in oak barrels.  The flavors in anejo tequila are much richer with vanilla and floral undertones.  Anejo has enough flavor that it is typically served neat for sipping. You will not have the same experience with this cocktail if you use blanco or reposado tequila.  Carpano Antica sweet vermouth is a wine based product that we have shared with you in other posts, such as, Orange You Glad It’s Carpano? San Pellegrino is the only blood orange soda we could find at our local Kroger.  There may be others, but our Kroger didn’t have them.

To begin, we are going to slightly broil orange slices.  Place the thinly sliced orange slices on a cookie sheet with sugar sprinkled over the top.  Broil for only a few minutes watching closely until the oranges are slightly browned and the sugar has glazed over the top of the orange.

Next place mint leaves in your shaker and muddle.  Add tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, sweet vermouth, and an egg white from one egg.  Shake vigorously until the sound from the shaker changes from a sloshly sound to a thicker sound.  Open the shaker and add ice. Shake for about 15 more seconds.  Pour into a coup or martini glass.  There will be a froth on top.  Gently lay the broiled orange slice on the top of the froth.  Serve and amaze all with your bartending talents!

Orange Anejo Sour

  • 1 orange slice
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1.5 ounces of anejo tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce of orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce of Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 egg white
  • Blood orange soda
  1.  Place orange slice on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and broil for about 5 minutes.  Remove and cool.
  2. Place mint leaves in a shaker and muddle.  Add tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, Carpano Antica, and egg white.
  3. Shake until frothy.  Add 1 cup of ice and shake for 15 more seconds.
  4. Pour into a coup glass.  Top off with blood orange soda.
  5. Garnish with broiled orange slice.

The Orange Anejo Sour is a great cocktail for the holidays with its rich flavors and impressive appearance.  Make it next week for your Thanksgiving guests and let us know what they think!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

 

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

Spice Up Your Life with a Spiced Fall Manhattan

This week we sent our oldest piglet out into the big wide world to seek her fortune!  We couldn’t be more proud of her guts and enthusiasm for life.  To commemorate her move to NYC we are sharing with you a Spiced Manhattan, as a toast to piglets leaving their home pigsties everywhere!

To make the Spiced Manhattan you need to do a little pre-planning.  The Carpano Antica Vermouth that you add to make the Manhattan simply fabulous will need to be infused for a day or two before mixing your cocktail.  Take a cup of Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth and add 3-4 strips of orange zest, a slice of fresh ginger, 3 allspice berries, 3-4 whole cloves, a handful of fresh or frozen cranberries, and 3 ounces of spiced rum.  Place in a glass container and infuse in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

After you have infused your vermouth, make a Manhattan as usual.  You need your favorite whiskey, spiced vermouth, dash of angostura bitters, orange or lemon peel and Luxardo cherries for garnish. Shake or stir and enjoy!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for Spiced Fall Manhattan.

This take on the classic Manhattan is perfect for serving at holiday gatherings. It has the traditional cocktail (that we all love), but is dressed up a bit with some holiday flare!  The spiced aroma of the infused vermouth smells so delicious and helps to accentuate a special occasion.

What special drinks or desserts do you like to serve to emphasize the holiday spirit?

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