Bonus Post: World Cup Fever Recap

The World Cup is over and Rhonda can once again watch TV when she wants — ha ha– not really! For our bonus post this week we are going to share a recap of our World Cup Fever Series.

From Russia with Love: Watermelon Mule

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Fernet About It:  Fernet and Coke

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Salud Mexico:  Paloma

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Soup of the Day: Gin and Tonic

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French 75

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Whether you are a soccer fan or not, we hope you had fun taking a little trip around the world with us as we celebrated popular cocktails from other nations.

  

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.

World Cup Fever: French 75

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Today we are sharing our final post in our series for the World Cup.  Three fifths of The Blind Pig household was in mourning after the England/Croatia match up this week.  We were hoping that we would be sharing another version of a gin and tonic with you for our finale post.  However, for those of you that do not follow World Cup soccer, France and Croatia made it into the finals.

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Photo by Blind Piglet #2.  He’s such a great photographer!

The Blind Pig family are fans of the French.  We visited France in 2015 had a wonderful experience.  You gotta love those Nutella crepes!

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Since we do not know of any great Croatian cocktails to share with you, which we are sure there are many, we are going to share the French 75 with you this week.  The French 75, or also known as Soixane Quince by the French,  is an easy, tasty, and fresh recipe that is made with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and sparkling white wine.  It is the perfect drink to serve as a refreshing summer beverage or after dinner with a dessert.  Beware, since the drink is mainly gin and sparkling wine, it can sneak up on you quickly.

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If you are reading this post via email, visit our website for a printable version of the recipe.

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Will you watch the World Cup finals on Sunday or will you just have a French 75 and call it a day?  Give it a try.  We would love to know what you think about it.

  

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.

Soup of the Day: Gin and Tonic

Happy weekend, friends!  We hope that your July 4th was festive and fun.  We kept the holiday low key by staying close to home and hanging out with our good friends, Dawnette and John, on the back patio.  We had great food and great cocktails, but we are not talking about those today.  Today we are again commemorating the World Cup! (Yes, it is still going on for those of you who are not soccer fans. ;)) Did you see the amazing game between England and Colombia the other day?  It was a crazy combination of fitness, drama, skill and a wrestling match.  England came out on top, so today we are tipping our hats to the English and saying, “Cheers,” with their preferred cocktail of a Gin and Tonic.

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So if the word gin freaks you out and makes you think only serious drinkers would partake, let us be the first to dispel that myth.  A gin and tonic is actually quite a light and refreshing drink.  If you are not a fan of sweet drinks, try out a gin and tonic.  It has a dry crisp taste, and the tonic water gives it a bubbly freshness.  You can add a little flavor with your favorite fresh garnish.

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The basic gin and tonic is made with 1.5 ounces of gin poured over ice in a rocks glass.  Top off with tonic water, and garnish to your liking.  We garnished ours with blueberries, strawberries and fresh mint from our garden.  By adding any fresh fruit or herbs as an addition to this cocktail you can tailor it for any season or occasion.

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You may have noticed that we went with the Q drinks Indian Tonic Water for our cocktail.  We introduced you to Q drinks in our post about the Paloma.

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Gin and tonics are great for social situations.  At your next gathering create a gin and tonic bar.  Have various favors of tonic water available, such as, lemon, grapefruit, cranberry, lemonade and more.  Provide various fresh fruits and herbs for garnish and let your friends do the rest!

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Whether you are watching the England play Sweden tomorrow or you just want to relax in your hammock in the backyard, try out a gin and tonic and raise a little toast to our friends across the pond!

  

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.

June Bonus Post: Fernet About It!

It’s time for another Blind Pig Blog bonus post.  We continue our series to celebrate The World Cup by raising our glass to the country of Argentina.  Argentina is known for its amazing soccer teams and one of the world’s most beloved and famous players — Lionel Messi.

While watching The Cup, we drink as the Argentinians do by sipping on a Fernet and Coke, which has been rumored to be one of Messi’s favs!

Fernet Branca is an all natural aromatic bitter or amaro.  Its highly herbal aroma and flavor comes from over 40 herbs, spices and roots which are gathered from 4 continents. Aloe ferox, chamomile, angelica, and saffron are just a few of the herbs and spices that make this unusual bitter. The original recipe was created in Italy in 1845, by Bernardino Branca and the family recipe is still a closely guarded secret to this day.

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Bartenders and mixologists love Fernet.  It is so popular within the service industry that it is called “The Bartender’s Handshake.”  If you offer to do a shot of Fernet with the bartender, you will be fast friends.

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The Argentinians love to drink a splash of Fernet with their Coca-Cola.  In fact, they like it so much that Fernet Branca built its only distillery outside of Milan in Argentina.   The strong flavor of the Fernet with its medicinal taste is not for everyone, but it is a taste that one can acquire.  The sweetness of Coke or Diet Coke definitely helps.

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To make a Fernet and Coke you fill a rocks glass with ice.  Add an ounce and half of Fernet Branca.  Top off the glass with Coke and enjoy.

Watching the World Cup this week?  Craig will definitely be watching and sipping on his favorite spirit — Fernet Branca. Give a Fernet and Coke a try and let us know what you think!

 

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

 

 

From Russia with Love

There are a few things every four years that cause business as usual to come to a halt in The Blind Pig household.  You may or may not be aware that on Thursday, the 2018 World Cup commenced.  Since then, soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it, has been running on our TV almost 24/7.  Craig and Blind Piglet #2 are huge soccer fans, and don’t like to miss out on any of the action.  In honor of the World Cup, we are going to feature some cocktails with some World Cup flavor over the next few weeks.

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Since the World Cup is hosted by Russia this year, our first idea was to feature a Moscow Mule.  However, we feel that has probably already been done, so we made a little twist on the Moscow Mule to create the Watermelon Mule.  Whether you are a soccer fan, or your feet have never touched the pitch, the Watermelon Mule is a beverage that can be enjoyed by all.

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The Watermelon Mule is a great summer drink, and is easy, tasty and fresh.  Add 1.5 ounces of Seagram’s Watermelon Vodka to a rocks glass or mule mug.  Fill with ice.  Top off with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime juice.  Garnish with a wedge of watermelon and a lime.

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It’s refreshing.  It’s tasty.  It’s like summer in a mug!  Now you are ready to sit back and relax in your hammock or watch a World Cup match.

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We hope all of our favorite dads are having a wonderful Father’s Day.  We appreciate all loving fathers, and want to send a big cheers to our favs — Tom, John, Kirby, Alan, Ryan, Kregg, Chad, Todd, Chris, Jeff and Ken!