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!