Lighten Up Your Summer

One of the best parts about summer is slurping down delicious summer cocktails.  With plentiful amounts of fresh fruit, berries, and herbs available the options seem endless.  However, the added calories are not welcome to our waistlines.  As you are probably aware, cocktail calories can add up quickly.  We are always on the lookout for cocktails that are refreshing and let one imbibe a bit without the added calories.  We have shared some low calorie cocktails with you in our posts for Day Drinking and our Skinny Agave Margarita.  This week we have another umbrella-worthy lo-cal alternative that everyone can enjoy whether you are watching your waistline or not.

The Tequila Watermelon Fizz has only 64 calories per serving.  Yes — 64!!!!  While your friends are slurping down a Mambo Taxi from Mi Concina at 700 calories a pop, you will be slim and trim in your swim suit by the pool. To make the Tequila Watermelon Fizz you need your favorite tequila, lemon seltzer water, fresh limes and watermelon cubes.  We cubed our watermelon and placed it in the freezer for a couple of hours.  The frozen watermelon chunks served as a beautiful garnish, flavor enhancer, and as ice cubes for keeping our drink chilled.  Place an ounce of tequila in a rocks glass.  Add frozen watermelon.  Top off with chilled lemon seltzer water.  Add a lime wheel for garnish.  We made this refreshing cocktail on the fourth of July and upped the festive look with blueberries.

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Since this cocktail is so light and refreshing, it would taste great with any added fresh herbs, such as, thyme, rosemary, basil or cilantro.  If you want to get really crazy, throw in some freshly sliced jalapenos.  Let us know about your favorite combination.  We would love to hear from you!  Thanks to Rhonda’s friend, Amy, who shared this drink idea with us.

 

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.

Summertime Appetizer: Tequila Ceviche

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It seems that we just talked, since we sent out our July Bonus Post only days ago.  We have a great appetizer that we have been dying to share with you.  Tequila Ceviche is the perfect summertime appetizer. You don’t need to cook or turn on the oven and it is a crowd pleaser.  We are huge fans of Gloria’s, which is a small local chain in the Dallas area that features fine Salvadorian, Tex-Mex, and Mexican food.  They have amazing ceviche there, and it is one of our favs.  Now we have a quick fix for nights that we are staying in.

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This recipe is easy, tasty, and fresh.  It will soon win you over as your fall back take and share appetizer.  It is a great app for GNO’s (Girls’ Nights Out) because it is local.

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To start, we bought one pound fresh cooked shrimp from the seafood counter at our local Kroger.  You can also buy uncooked shrimp and devein and cook it yourself.  Let’s face it, people, who really likes to devein those little crustaceans?  Gross!  We skip all of that by purchasing the deveined cooked shrimp.  The first step is to remove the tails from the shrimp and chop the shrimp into little pieces.

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Next place fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice and 1 ounce of tequila in a bowl.  Add the shrimp to the bowl, salt, cover and place in refrigerator for about an hour.

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Next prepare tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and cilantro by dicing into little pieces.  Shortly before serving, dice up 1-2 avocados and add to the other vegetables.

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Drain shrimp and then combine shrimp and veggies.  Add pepper, garlic powder, and coriander and combine well.  Chill until ready to serve.

Serve with chips or tostadas.  What a yummy and quick appetizer.

We served this appetizer on the Fourth of July and a couple of times since.  It has been a hit each time.

What is your favorite go-to appetizer when you are in a pinch?

It has been so HOT in Texas lately, which has us thinking…. Some like it hot.  Do you? Check back with us next week to see what HOT stuff we have to share.  Some of you may have noticed that you are added to our new email list.  Keep referring our post to friends and family.  We would love to have them become part of our Blind Pig Blog following.

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World Cup Fever: Salud, Mexico!

Did you sip on a little Fernet and Coke while watching the Argentina World Cup Game?  This week we are continuing with our World Cup series with a nod to our neighbors to the south – Mexico.

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Everyone knows that tequila is the prized liquor of Mexico, and most Americans equate tequila with margaritas.  However, we are not featuring a margarita for our tribute to Mexico.  The origin of the margarita is debatable, but it is more popular with Americans than most Mexicans.  Mexicans prefer premium tequilas and like to sip their tequila neat — plain with no mixers.

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We are featuring a popular Mexican cocktail called the Paloma.  The Paloma is an easy, tasty and fresh drink made with grapefruit soda, lime juice and tequila.   It is easy to see why this refreshing beverage is so popular in Mexico.

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The Paloma is made with three ingredients, tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda.

We made ours with our favorite tequila, Corralejo, Q grapefruit soda and fresh squeezed lime juice.  We have used Q drinks in the past as mixers for our guests, but have not shared it with you on our blog.  Q drinks makes a variety of mixers, such as, tonic water, soda water, grapefruit soda and ginger beer.  Their philosophy is to make sure that the mixer you use is as good as the liquor you are mixing it with.  We have noticed a difference in our cocktails when we use Q drinks.  The drinks have more flavor and a better taste profile.   Q drinks can be found at Total Wine and other liquor stores.  If you do not want to try grapefruit soda with your Paloma, you can also  use Squirt or Jarritos grapefruit soda, which can be found in most grocery stores.

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Serve a refreshing Paloma this summer.

It is extremely hot across the United States this week, so what could be better than sipping on a cool beverage like the Paloma?  Change things up a bit and serve a refreshing Paloma at your next summer social.  We would love to hear about it if you do.  Have a great weekend!

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Disclaimer:  Beverages shared on this site are intended for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

Bonus Post: Corralejo Lime Guac

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It’s time for our May bonus post.  This month’s bonus is an easy, tasty, fresh recipe that you can whip up with a Mexican meal or if friends are dropping by for a last minute visit.

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With the fresh ingredients of avocados, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, lime and a splash of Corralejo Anejo Tequila, your guests will be singing your praises.  We had family visitors from California last weekend, and wanted to serve a tasty meal with little fuss.  The guac was a hit and so easy to make.  It was a great compliment to chicken enchiladas and a Santorita!

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First slice avocados into a molcajete or other bowl. Smash avocados with a fork.  Next add diced tomato, diced cilantro, diced onions, and jalapenos.  Mix together with the avocados.  Blend in the juice of 1 lime and .5 ounces of tequila.  We used Corralejo Anejo Tequila.  Anjeos are aged 1-3 years, so they have more flavor that comes through in the guac than a regular blanco tequila which is not aged and bottled immediately.   Add a pinch of kosher salt.  Serve with blue corn tortilla chips.  Yummo!

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Try out this tasty recipe this Memorial Day weekend while you are enjoying the views at the lake.  Let us know what you think.