Last May we did a really fun wedding with a couple that allowed us to go out all out on the drink design and bar setup. That caught the eye of the VP Artist Development & Tour Marketing at Warner Brothers Records who asked us to do a series of listening parties for some upcoming artists.
We setup in the main lobby and took over the welcome desk with our typical over the top fruit display. One of the parties was for Niles Rodgers, who recently won a grammy for producing Daft Punk’s latest album, Random Access Memories. Niles had great stories to tell about Studio 54, Paris, and producing music for all sorts of artists.
Being avid fans of one of the greatest forms of music ever conceptualized in Disco, we were elated to create cocktails based upon the hits produced by Niles and his band Chic. We were even treated to a live performance of such classics as well as a bit of music history.
Cocktails for Niles were to be disco / fantastic and we didn’t wish to disappoint. One thing we wanted to do was a cocktail from the era, and we decided upon a Harvey Wallbanger. We infused lemongrass into the vodka and added gold nugget tangerine juice for more depth of flavor. Of course we named this cocktail, “Le Freak Of The Week” – Chopin Potato Vodka, Galliano, Tangerine Juice, Lemongrass.
For the new single, ‘I’ll Be There’ we used a Reposado Tequila, Benedictine, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Orgeat. A marriage of a tiki drink and a margarita which was by far the most popular cocktail of the evening.
Another party we did was for Josh Groban for his new standards release. We used the names of some of his songs for cocktail names. Josh is a really nice guy who really loved the riff on an Old Fashioned cocktail we did for him and mentioned it when he was on stage.
Bar man extraordinaire Patty is a red clay veteran and always a favorite at our events with his trademark style and drink execution. He frequently appears on network television, as well as makes a mean cocktail.
A well known specialist on fermented beverages, Patty has worked in cocktails all over Los Angeles. Patty and Josh spent a good part of the night chatting about drinks and beard lore.
Cocktails for Josh Groban weren’t quite as disco but equally delicious. For the Pure Imagination ( the song from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) we whipped up something with the Chopin Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur and an Amaro. This drink proved to be surprisingly popular.
Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur, Averna, Cinnamon
Take on a chocolate martini with Sicilian amaro and a organic chocolate vodka, finished with grated cinnamon
Other drinks for Josh –
(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow
Albion Strawberries, White Rum, Tangerines, Lime Juice
Take on a Strawberry Daiquiri
Old Devil Moon –
Makers Mark, Bitters, Citrus Peel, Spiced Syrup (Clove, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar)
Old Fashioned Variation – spiced up a bit
Special thanks to Chopin Vodka for supporting red clay.