Monday, May 3, 2010

Pink potions; inspired by moms!

Sunday, this Sunday, is one of my favorite holiday.... Mother's day!

Such an exciting day which is devoted to those that birthed us, fed us, dressed us, anddddddd well nagged us to ☺ Despite some frustrating moments, moms are wonderful!

The typical American mother's Day celebration includes brunch and mimosas. Mimosas, which are a French cocktail of orange juice and champagne, are delicious, but maybe overplayed. So this Mother's Day, Night and Day Productions brings two scrumptious pink cocktails that compliment the taste-buds of moms, grandmas, and even dads......

Strawberry Martini

Serves 1

2-1/2 shots gin
1/2 shot strawberry liqueur (look for Volare Wild Strawberry Liqueur)
Fresh strawberry and lemon twist for garnish

1.Add ingredients to a mixing glass full of ice, stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
2.Garnish with a lemon twist and a strawberry.

Rose Petal Martini
Serves 1


1-1/2 shots gin
1/2 cup lychee juice
Rose petal for garnish


1.Shake ingredients and strain into a chilled martini glass.
2.Garnish with a rose petal.

So without further ado, my good people, break out your shaker, chilled glasses and get to pouring!!!!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Huge Coachella Event !!!!!!!!!

Wow!!!! What an exciting weekend!

Night and Day productions had the opportunity to service its largest production to date this weekend at Coachella music festival. Our fantastic team of bartenders, bussers, servers, and valet brought their best to the table in the hot Indio sun. As Jennifer Bingham, Night & Day Productions owner, said “ I think I lost 5 lbs of water weight.” Regardless of the weather, everyone was super excited to provide bottle-service and stellar cocktails to celebrities such as Paul Walker and Will-I-Am.

Given that the event lasted 3 days, all day, it served as a perfect training ground for our staff to work as a team to maintain the positive energy and exceptional service. This excellence was evident to the guests and their compliments were reflective. We are hoping to be included in more large-scale music industry parties and demonstrate how Night & Day Productions doesn’t show up to a party, we make the party.

Thank you to all the fabulous work from every single bartender, server, busser, and valet!!!! Our success is impossible without you .

Sending lots of love and a hang-over remedy------- an ice-cold cerveza ;)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Whiskey! In all of its glory.....

Whiskey usually inspires two decidedly different responses in drinkers; love or hate.

We have all encountered those individuals who drink nothing but whiskey or those that experience complete revolution at the amber liquid's aroma. Well here is liquor's breakdown.......

Whiskey can have a variety of flavors (mint, dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Molasses. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spice. Toasted wood, earth, and cedar) which are produced from the fermentation of mashed grain. The grain type ranges from cereal to barely-- all depending on the country and method of distillation (type of oak barrel or filtration system used).

The most popular whiskey cocktail is simple, whiskey and soda. I decided to bring you one classic and another modern innovative approach to the whiskey cocktail.

Ruby Manhattan
Serves 1


- 2 oz Michter's Rye Whiskey

- 1 1/2 oz Ruby Port

- dash of Reagan's Orange Bitters

- Orange twist

- Maraschino cherry


1. Dash orange bitters into a chilled cocktail glass, Squeeze and treat with orange twist.
2. Build ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Stir 20 seconds and strain into a cocktail glass.
3. Garnish with maraschino cherry and orange twist

Whiskey Sour
Serves 1


1 lemon half

1/4 cup whiskey

1 to 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

Crushed ice

Garnishes: orange slices, maraschino cherries


1. Squeeze juice from lemon half into a cocktail shaker. Add whiskey and powdered sugar to cocktail shaker; fill with crushed ice.
2. Cover with lid, and shake 30 seconds.
3. Strain over ice into a glass. Garnish, if desired.

Bottoms up!

Monday, April 5, 2010

History of Triple Sec and Spring Cocktails

Yay!!!!! Spring is here and we are full of good cheer.... which is always assisted nicely with a delicious cocktail creation. Which is why this week, Night and Day Productions is bringing you the history spring-inspired liquor, triple-sec. Also, which I am very excited about, vibrant spring-cocktails that scream hhhhelllllloooo spring!

Triple Sec was invented by Jean-Baptiste Combier in Saumur, France in 1834, using sun-dried orange skins from Saint-Raphaël, Haiti. They are still used today (other brands use oranges from Curaçao). Combier steeps the skins in alcohol for 24 hours and then distills the alcohol in 100-year-old copper pot stills.

The word sec means dry in French, and typically indicates a lack of sweetness (although in Champagnes, the opposite is true—demi-sec and sec Champagne are the sweetest). In the case of Triple Sec liqueurs, sec means triple distilled; each distillation removes impurities and creates a smoother

Triple Sec can be sipped straight and is a popular ingredient in mixed drinks, cooking and baking

Blue Butterfly Martini
Serves One

1-1/2 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce triple sec

1/4 ounce blue Curaçao

Flamed orange peel (for garnish)


Shake ingredients well.

Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Flame the orange peel over the glass.

Pink Lilly
Serves One
1-1/2 ounces gin

1/2 ounce simple syrup

3/4 ounce lemon juice
2 dashes of crème de framboise or

grenadine (for color)

White of a small egg

Shake all ingredients without ice to

emulsify the egg whites.

Shake all ingredients with ice and

strain into a small cocktail glass.

Add fresh muddled mint leaves if


Green Gopher
Serves One


1-1/2 ounces gin

1 ounce triple sec

3/4 ounce lime juice

Dash of Pernod (or other anise-

flavored liqueur)

Dash of green crème de menthe


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail


Strain into a cocktail glass.

Happy Spring!!!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Twist on Traditional Easter Beverage: Pomegranate Mimosa

Easter and everyone's favorite bunny rabbit is arriving this Sunday!!!!!!!!!!

As such, here we come with a fun brunch cocktail after the easter hunt :)

Pomegranate Mimosas

Serves 8


•2 cups chilled pomegranate juice

•1 cup chilled fresh orange juice

•1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur (preferably Cointreau)

•1 (750-ml) bottle well-chilled Cava or demi-sec Champagne


Combine juices and liqueur in a large pitcher. Slowly add sparkling wine and stir.

Happy Easter!!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cocktail Party and Hangover Cure

Last night Night and Day Productions hosted a cocktail party with D&E Casino Services. It was a great party and as such many of us need a hangover cure. So here it is:

Curry Spiced Bloody Mary
Serves 1

•10 cups tomato juice (preferably organic)
•1 2/3 cups vodka
•1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
•1/2 cup fresh lime juice
•1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
•2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
•2 teaspoons (or more) fine sea salt
•1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•Crushed ice
•Celery sticks (for garnish)


Combine first 6 ingredients in large pitcher. Whisk in 2 teaspoons sea salt and pepper. Season with more salt, if desired. Cover; chill. DO AHEAD: Can be made 8 hours ahead. Keep chilled. Whisk before serving.

Fill tall glasses with ice. Pour in Bloody Mary mixture. Garnish with celery sticks.

Enjoy and stay posted for party pictures!

Monday, March 15, 2010

St. Patty's Day Whiskey Cocktail!

Yay for St. Patty's day!!!!

While most bars are serving green bar and traditional Irish beers, Night and Productions offers an alternative for the cocktail-loving drinker. Given that Whiskey is Ireland's favcorite spirit, we wonderful creation that is just as exciting as oddly grass-colored carbonated alcohol.

Luck of the Irish Cocktail
Serves 1


•1 1/2 to 2 ounces Irish whiskey
•1/2 teaspoon Pernod
•1/2 teaspoon curaçao
•1/2 teaspoon maraschino
•Dash Angostura bitters
•1/2 cup crushed ice
•Twist orange peel
•Olive (optional)


Combine all ingredients, except the orange peel and olive, in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and add the peel and the olive.

Erin Go Bragh!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Cuban favorite: The Mojito

The Mojito recently reached the public attention and took off in a sprint. Originiating in Cuba, the Mojito is now served in most mainstream bars. I want to present one clssic recipe and one with a twist.

Classic Mojito Recipe
Serves 1

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
1 cup crushed ice
12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda


In 10-ounce glass (such as Collins or highball), stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, then tear leaves in half and add to glass. Gently stir for 15 seconds, then add rum, remaining crushed ice, and club soda. Gently stir for 5 seconds, then tuck mint sprigs into top of glass and insert tall straw.

Beet-Infused Mojito
Serves 1


5 lime wedges
15 small mint leaves
1 to 11/2 tablespoons sugar
Ice cubes
1/4 cup white rum
1 to 11/2 tablespoons beet purée*
1 or 2 splashes of lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite
Sugar cane stick*, for garnish (optional, available at Asian and some Latino
specialty markets)


1.Make beet purée. Place two large unpeeled beets in a pot with just enough cold water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook until they are easily pierced with a fork. Discard the cooking liquid and allow the beets to cool before peeling, then chop beets coarsely and place in a blender to purée with just enough water to facilitate the process. Blend until smooth. Place in a squeeze bottle or plastic container and refrigerate until ready to use. This will make about 1 cup purée, the remainder of which may be stored in the freezer.
2.In a highball glass or tall tumbler, mix the limes, mint and sugar until the ingredients are well crushed and combined.
3.Fill the glass with ice and add the rum and red beet purée. Cover and shake well (or stir vigorously). Fill the rest of the glass with the lemon-lime soda.
Garnish with a fresh sugar cane stick (optional) and serve immediately.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Embrace National Margarita Day!

February 22nd is national Margarita Day. The Margarita which is frequently ordered at Latin Restaurants and served at most bachelorette parties, is rated America's most popular cocktail. The drink itself was named after the 1940's Mexican socialite Margarita, who experimentally created the first margarita. The traditional recipe calls for tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice; now has as many variations as a woman's stiletto.

A couple of such variations:

Aphrodisiac Margarita

2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons of kosher salt
1 lime wedge
8 ounces blanco tequila
5 ounces passion fruit puree or nectar
4 ounces fresh lime juice
2 1/2 ounces pomegranate juice
2 ounces fresh blood orange juice
2 ounces Simple Syrup
4 cups ice

MAKE THE PEPPER SALT: Combine the salt and pepper in a bowl.
MAKE THE COCKTAIL: Moisten half of the outer rim of 6 chilled coupes or martini glasses with the lime wedge and coat lightly with the peppery salt. In a blender, combine the tequila, passion fruit puree, lime juice, pomegranate juice, blood orange juice, Simple Syrup and ice and blend until smooth. Pour the margarita into the glasses.

Blackberry-Mint Margarita

8 blackberries, 2 skewered on a pick
10 mint leaves
11/2 ounces reposado tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce Simple Syrup

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 6 of the berries. Add ice, the mint, tequila, lime juice and Simple Syrup; shake well. Pour into a rocks glass; top with the 2 berries.

Pineapple-Chile Margarita


8 (3/4- to 1-inch) chunks peeled pineapple
4 slices red jalapeño chile with seeds
1/2 cup 100% blue agave silver tequila
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons Simple Syrup
2 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange liqueur
2 cups ice cubes, divided


1.Place pineapple chunks and red jalapeño slices in medium bowl. Press firmly on solids with muddler or back of wooden spoon until mashed.
2.Mix in tequila, lime juice, Simple Syrup , and Cointreau, then 1 cup ice. Stir to blend well. Strain into large glass measuring cup.
3.Divide remaining ice between 2 tall glasses. Pour Margarita mixture over.
4.Garnish with pineapple

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vodka Spotlight! History and Recipes

Almost every beer, wine, and cocktail connoisseur has encountered vodka at least once. In fact vodka is considered one of the most versatile liquors that is produced and consumed in virtually every country.

Both Russia and Poland claim to be the original producers of vodka. The freezing temperatures of Eastern Europe prohibited shipping of wine and beer, the high alcohol of content of vodka prevented its freezing and thus gained popularity in the 11th century. The liquors popularity spread to America after WWII.

With the introduction of James Bond in the 1960s and his shaken vodka martini, Vodka experienced a rapid boom in popularity and was cemented in American cocktail culture.
Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw reinvented vodka's perception by consuming fruity martinis (cosmopolitans, apple martinis, flirtinis, and chocolate martinis). Fancy martini's become a centerpiece of trendy bar menus and even inspired vodka bars, which feature up to 80 vodka brands and innovative vodka-cocktail creations.

Classic Martini
Serves 1


2-1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounces dry vermouth
Green olive or lemon twist for garnish


1.Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
2.Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
3.Add the garnish.
4.For a dry martini, reduce or eliminate the vermouth. (Eliminating the vermouth in a vodka martini essentially creates “vodka on the rocks with a twist.”)

Pomegranate Martini
Serves 1


2 ounces orange-flavored vodka
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier® liqueur
Splash of fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice


1.Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
2.Stir the ingredients together in the glass.
3.Garnish with a dozen arils (or an orange zest twist).

Grapefruit and Vodka Cooler
Serves 6

5 Grapefruits, juiced
1 small lemon, juiced
2/3 cup vodka
1-¼ cups sparkling mineral water,
Plenty of ice cubes


1.Mix grapefruit juice, lemon juice, vodka, & ice cubes in a large serving pitcher.
2.Stir in mineral water and serve in wine glasses.

Minted Vodka Lemonade
Serves 6


cup (packed) mint leaves, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups vodka
Crushed ice
Fresh mint sprigs


1.Combine chopped mint and sugar in large bowl. Stir in lemon juice and vodka. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
2.Strain mixture into pitcher. Fill six 6- to 8-ounce glasses with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Whats your favorite vodka recipe? Post below:)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sweet Treat Cocktail for Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day coming up this Saturday, most of us fall into two camps. A. You are planning a special surprise for your significant other B. You are reveling in singlehood and planning a wild night on the town or single's mixer. Night and Day Productions has a decadent cocktail recipe that delivers to both the singles-celebration and romantic dinner affair.

White Chocolate Martini


1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce white-chocolate liqueur
1/2 ounce dark-chocolate liqueur
1/2 ounce Chambord
1 raspberry
chocolate syrup


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the ingredients except the raspberry and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the raspberry and chocolate syrup.

Bon Appetit!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Super Bowl Margarita: Miami Inspired

Super Bowl and Football is typically accompanied with beer, beer, and more beer. this Super bowl, Night and Day Productions challenges you to go outside of your comfort zone and serve a margarita from the Keys, the Key Lime Margarita.

Key Lime Margaritas
makes 4 Drinks

1 Key lime (optional), quartered
Kosher salt (optional) for rims of glasses
3/4 cup Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
1/2 cup reposado tequila
1/2 cup fresh Key lime juice
2 teaspoons superfine granulated sugar (optional)

Run a lime wedge (if using) around rim of each of 4 (6-to 8-ounces) glasses. Put salt (if using) on a small plate and dip glasses in salt to lightly coat rims.

Blend liqueur, tequila, juice, and sugar (if using) in a blender until combined. Serve over ice (in coated glasses).

With this drink, no mstter the score, Sunday is sure to be fun!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Smoky Magarita: Classic concoction goes low-glycemic

Half of the United States' population is worried about diabetes and heart disease, but is unwilling to miss out cocktail fun. To ensure an equal distribution of good times, Night and Day productions would like to unveil a low-glycemic Margarita recipe that is fresh, innovative, and delicious!

Smoky Magarita
Makes 2 drinks


3 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon
smoked paprika,* divided
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
6 tablespoons agave nectar
2 ounces tequila

1.Mix sea salt and 1 tablespoon of the smoked paprika on a small plate. Wet outside rims of margarita or other beverage glasses with lime wedge. Dip glasses into sea salt mixture to coat.

2.Fill cocktail shaker with 2 cups of ice. Add lime juice, agave nectar, tequila and remaining 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika; shake until well mixed and chilled. Immediately pour into prepared glasses.

Can be paired with a mexican dinner or enjoyed a la carte.

Monday, January 18, 2010

January= Citrus Cocktail Extravaganza

January is the month of citrus. All of your favorite citrus fruits are bursting with sweet/tart flavor and asking to be grabbed up as you walk through the produce section. Night and Dsy Productions is jumping on the citrus train and transporting two delicious citrus-infused cocktail creations. Delish!

The Big O

If you are inspired enough, juice multiple types of oranges for a taste explosion.

1 ounce orange vodka
1/2 ounce Cointreau or other triple sec
2 ounces blood orange juice
1 ounce Simple Syrup
Large dash of orange bitters
Large dash of Angostura bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain the drink into a chilled martini glass

The Pink Panther


2 fresh mint sprigs
1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) citrus-flavored tequila
1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
About 1/3 cup sparkling pink lemonade
Garnish: 1 mint sprig


In a cocktail shaker, combine mint sprigs with tequila and crush with the back of a spoon. Add grapefruit juice and strain into tall glass three-fourths full of ice cubes. Top off drink with sparkling pink lemonade and garnish with mint sprig

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Twist on Traditional Football-Watching Refreshments

With football season in full-swing and heading towards the Super Bowl, I am guessing that beer-drinking routine may need some innovation. Welcome to the snakebite.

12 oz. Spiced Rum or Blackcurrent cordial
24oz Hard Cider: I suggest Wyder's Rsspberry Cider
24oz ALe Beer: Samuel Adams or Firestone Double Barrel Ale

1. Shake rum/cordial & ice together
2. Pour into a pilsner glass
3. Add hard cider & ale

Sit Back and Enjoy the Game ;)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Celebrate Isaac Newton with the Mad Newton Martini

With today being Isaac Newton's Birthday, Night and Day Productions has created a special martini that celebrates one of science's most important forefathers. Newton was a pioneer in the studies of gravity, chemistry, calculus, and astronomy. He is an almost mythological figure that is widely known for his observations of falling apples in relation to gravity and lesser known for fervent attempts in the field of alchemy. With these factors in mind do enjoy!

The Mad Newton Martini
Serves 1

2 oz citrus vodka
1/2 oz Sour Apple Pucker schnapps
1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1 Splash of Bacardi 151 Rum


Combine the citrus Vodka, Apple Pucker schnapps, Orange Liqueur and Lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, and shake well.

Strain and pour in a martini glass.

Splash 151 Rum on top and light on fire. Wait till extinguished to drink.

Optional: Garnish with Lemon Peel