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!!!!!