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How to Make a Cocktail for a Drag Queen??

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HighLife Productions November 6, 2017


Ahhhhhhhhh….the age old question “How to make a cocktail fit for a Queen?” a drag queen that is! HighLife Productions was selected by Kettle Agency (WeareKettle) to put together a hand crafted mixology program for their recent #digitalindrag featuring MILK (@bigandmilky) SASHA VELOUR (@sashavelour) and BIBLEGIRL (@biblegirl666) . Each queen was perfectly fitted for their own cocktail creation based on their own distinct fieeeeeerceness! boom.

drag queen is a person, usually male, who dresses in clothing of the opposite sex and often acts with exaggerated femininity and in feminine gender roles for the purpose of entertainment or fashion. … While drag is very much associated with gay men and gay culture, there are drag artists of all sexualities and the culture spans labels and qualifications. Each queen is truly unique to their own heritage and 100% authentic which is why the marketplace and their followings are entirely over the moon about them!

BIBLEGIRL

A relative new-cumer to the drag scene… Branding and image are very important to Bible Girl. Using the hashtag #BibleGirlSucks, she has built an impressive following of her own, on Instagram in particular. “I had just finished a performance and was talking to a friend when I got pulled away from my conversation by this person who tells me ‘Look, you’re beautiful, you’re funny, you’re great, but don’t perform. You suck,’ and I just took it and ran with it.” In addition one of her favorite beverages is the classic La Croix. These elements matched up perfectly for what we called the “Bless You Child”

HOW TO BLESS THIS CHILD

  • (1) La Croix Berry Seltzer. (pour out 1/3 of the can to leave room for the most important part! The Booze.
  • (2) The Booze — We used a dry london gin but substitute your favorite alcohol as you please. We created a blackberry and mint infused gin syrup. Take fresh blackberries and reduce over heat adding water and sugar to sweeten into syrup. Once reduced and mashed place in food processor and strain all the little bits out. Combine with gin for your syrup. You are ready to pour.
  • (3) The Garnish. We had a lot of fun here as you can see we choose three different types of berries, metallic straws, and of course the miniature rosary so you can repent after all the sinning you will be doing from drinking this refreshing concoction.
  • **** As a final twist at the very end we added a spec of dry ice to the can so it smokes and bubbles delighting the senses and perfect for the photography

SASHA VELOUR

Sasha Velour is best known as the winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9. She is the creative director of Velour: The Drag Magazine, and produces the critically-acclaimed monthly drag show Nightgowns. Sasha’s visual art has been featured in PostureQU33R, Cicada, The Nib, InkBRICK, Comics Workbook Magazine, as well as in several solo gallery shows. Often decked in pink, more delicate tones we created a floral inspired tequila based cocktail that still had a lot of muscle.

HOW TO SASH-AAAAAAAAY

(1) step one we infused a simple reposado tequila (Herradura) with rose watermelon juice and fresh agave.

(2) Fresh watermelon juice best as is with out alot of fuss. In a shake mix you reposado tequila, watermelon juice, hint of lime juice, and a whisper of agave. Shake vigorously until nice and frothy.

(3) Pout out over a cut crystal 2inch clear ice cube and garnish with edible pansy (hey who you calling a pansy) and gold glitter for that added touch of sparkle to say “Hey handsome. Over here 😉

MILK

Milk is the stage name of Daniel Donigan, an American figure skater and drag performer. He is best known for being a contestant on Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.He was a competitive figure skater, for like, ever.

Dan joined the Marc Jacobs International family in 2009. He loves clothes, like any teenage girl. Duh. He was the Merchandising Manager at Marc Jacobs in NYC. MILK can be seen tackling models at every “Marc” runway show.

Dan breast-formed a drag group called “The Dairy Queens” which is cream-based on the East Coast. The members are: MILK, Skim Burley (MILK’s Drag Daughter), Yoohoo, Linda Lakes, & Juggz.

Obviously no one likes a MILKY COCKTAIL EVER — — except maybe a pina colada or maybe coconut milk….. annnnnnnyyyyyyywayyyyyy!!!! We were able to do a nice little work around.

MILK & HONEY

(1) This lychee inspired vodka based cocktail is infused with fresh lemon juice, lychee pure-hey! and topped with a creamy white espuma (Vegan)

(2) a bit more complicated than the rest because of the espuma but here is your at home hack to make it happen. Dry shake 3 ounces of egg-white, Pour 4 ounces of citron vodka into your shaker with 2 ouces of lychee puree and 1 dash of lemon. Add lemon bitters and shake like a polaroid picture. Upon pouring into your glass you will have a supple viscous foam gently sitting on top! (non-vega)

Always drink like a queen…!

XOXO

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HighLife Holidays

Private events are our specialty especially around the Holidays. If it’s a sit down dinner for 10 or a Holiday Party for 75 every event is personable and detail oriented as well as worry-free as HighLife lets YOU be the guest at your own party. For this private holiday party in particular we brought in artisanal sno-cones and custom shaved ice for added holiday flare. As well as a buffet station of holiday favorites. Here’s to the Holidays. Merry Christmas!

Services provided: NYC Model Event Staffing, Holiday Event Design, Holiday Event Production, Private NYC Catering, Bespoke NYC Mixology Services.

Medium Pub

Back in the fall of 2016 Medium, the online publishing platform, hired HighLife to create an authentic pub right in the center for their Soho based HQ. Hand crafted Moscow Mules in copper mugs, Old Forester Rye Old Fashioneds, 100% local craft beers were served from the cherry wood and brass bar. The pub-style cuisine featured free-range fried chicken kimchi sliders, smoked kielbasa pretzel bites with whole grain mustard, and winter squash croquettes. This event definitely put the “pub” back in publishing.

Services provided: NYC Event Catering, Cocktail Design & Mixology, NYC Model Event Staffing, NYC Event Design, NYC Event Production.

Orange Party 2016

Highlife Productions teamed up with BrunchCritic.com and TEAMFOX The Micheal J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation to produce NYC’s all Brunch ONLY event. HighLife provided production & design services, as well as staff and execution. Brand partners included Aperol, Effen Vodka, Herradura Tequila, Woodford Reserve, Valdo Prosecco, American Juice Company, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale and many more. 5 Elite restaurant partnerships provided the tastes and treats for this ALL ORANGE affair as well as the Empire Oyster Bar and choose your own adventure Bloody Mary Bar. The Chris North Band performed along with DJ lil’Rye and others. The highlight of the night was a luxury vacation for two to Napa and one spectacular giveaway to Tuscany. Over 500 people attended this star studded affair with guests from TV’s Orange is the New Black and more. Hosted in the heart of Brooklyn at the 501 Union space this was surely an event to remember.

Services provided: Overall Creative Direction, NYC Culture Creation, 360 Degree NYC Event Production, Strategic Conception & Planning, Innovative Experience Design, Immersive Experiential Marketing, Venue Sourcing and Logistics, Brand Activation & Partnership Farm-to-Bar Mixology, Farm-to-Table Cuisine, Vendor Sourcing & Contract Management, Event Marketing, Event Ticketing, Branding Program Analysis, Metric Measurement, Compliance and Regulation, Talent & Influencer Booking and Management, NYC Model Staffing.

Pancakes & Whiskey: Secret Summer 2015 Was a Hit

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Sunday afternoon brought us a taste of what we love about summer. Between the beauty of the outdoors, refreshing cocktails, fresh food, a little theater, and some good company, the only place to be absorbing all of this goodness was at the Foundry in Long Island City. Secret Summer is a brand new festival, designed to highlight the wonder of theatrical art as accompanied by class and style. The dress code was “Summer Chic,” so the outfits were light, fun, free and flowing, which fit right into the Midsummer Night’s Dream theme of the party. HighLife Productions, Rapt Affairs and The Foundry teamed up to create an absolutely unforgettable experience in the mystically decorated venue. Décor by Patina did a great job of adding culture and richness to the already alluring space.

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Opening Ceremony Threw a Teva-Themed Fiesta

_mg_0048What do you get when you combine Cinco de Mayo, OC friends and family, and the launch of our latest collection of Opening Ceremony x Teva sandals? A good time, obviously, and that’s just what happened last night at our 35 Howard Street store. Fresh off her OC-exclusive mixtape, Jubilee—along with friends Egg Foo Young and Dre Skull—provided the perfect soundtrack to the evening. The DJ was of course decked out in her own pair of Opening Ceremony x Teva Flatform Universal Sandals, stating, “I love them because they make me tall, I’m only 4’11”!”

The summery tunes were the perfect compliment to the margaritas, Tiger Beer, and La Newyorkina’s boozy popsicles being passed around the room. To soak up the tequila, Mission Cantina was also standing by with some spicy Mexican bites.

Navigating through the crowded room, we caught a glimpse of OC co-founder Humberto Leon and asked him his thoughts about the evening and his second round collaborating with Teva. “I’ve been the biggest supporter of Teva’s forever, so I’m super excited to have this second collection with them. After selling out online during the pre-order, we’re pumped for the full launch. As for the party, partnering with Mission Cantina on Cinco de Mayo is the perfect way to kick Summer off right.” We can’t help but agree.

Read the article at OpeningCeremony.us >

Opening Ceremony

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OUT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT, FOR BOOZE AND BRACELETS

Weather-wise, yesterday evening was kind of a lousy. But an excuse to celebrate MICA with good people and good food? We’re down.

After months of anticipation and early buzz, the long-awaited Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA bracelet is finally up for grabs. Last night, OC threw an intimate in-store event to get people up close and personal to the bracelets. When they weren’t busy testing out all of the features (email functions, Yelp reviews, and “smart” calendar alerts), guests were treated to the sweet sounds of Chairlift as Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly took over the tables.

Our favorite glam gals behind Naomi Nails polished off a few stylish manicures, perfect for showing off against the stem of a perfectly mixed, nutmeg cocktail. Another bang-up addition to the party was the serious nomming action, with pork belly buns from Momofuku and gold-leaf chocolate cookies from Milk Bar. “I came here for the cookies,” said one guest happily, and we know she was only half-kidding!

Even with all of the party offerings, the true highlight of the event was still the MICA bracelet making its grand debut, right in the thick of Holiday Season.

Read the article at OpeningCeremony.us

The New York Times

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The New York Times’s Bill Cunningham’s covered our Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon at the Central Park Conservancy. The photographs in his video, below, capture several of our staff!

The Orange Party

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BrunchCritic.com held their 2nd annual Signature Orange Party at the airy and light-filled Home Studios to raise funds for Team Fox. The event was all things orange, celebrating BrunchCritic’s signature colors, style, and the most loved meal of all New Yorkers – brunch.