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This night and day cocktail is a classic drink and the perfect aperitif. The ingredients balance each other nicely for a smooth and delicious experience.

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Other than its great taste, one of the things I most love about this cocktail is that no one flavor overpowers the other. You taste it and think, “Hm, I’m detecting flavors, but I can’t quite name them.”

I was intrigued by this drink’s name: ‘Night and Day.’ So much so, that I looked up its origins. Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find out how it came about. (If you happen to know, please leave me a comment.)

I’m assuming it got its name because of its appearance. In most photos I’ve seen it has a dark top and a light bottom.

My own version of this drink calls for less Campari than usual. So mine appears lighter than what I’ve seen in other photos.

And you know what? I think it’s pretty. Though perhaps I should call it ‘Dusk and Day’!

Helpful tips

  • As you add ingredients to the glass of crushed ice, the ice will melt somewhat so don’t be afraid to add more.
  • Use the BEST ingredients you can afford: premium ingredients make a more delicious drink, especially when the cocktail is 100% alcohol.
  • Use your preferred brand of cognac (I recommend Courvoisier) but definitely use Grand Marnier (over triple sec) for the orange flavor.
  • This recipe doesn’t call for a lot of champagne, so unless you’re ready to drink it soon after opening, buy it in the small bottles whenever you can find them.
  • You don’t need to buy premium champagne for this cocktail.

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How to make the night and day cocktail

Pre-step

Get white wine glasses or large champagne flutes.

After measuring out the ingredients, pour into the glasses.

Step one

Gather the ingredients: Cognac, Grand Marnier, Campari and champagne.

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Step two

Fill glasses with crushed ice and measure 2 ounces of cognac, 1 ounce per cocktail.

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Step three

Measure 1 ounce of Grand Marnier, 1/2 ounce per cocktail.

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Step four

Measure 1/4 ounce Campari, 1/8 ounce per cocktail.

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Step five

Add some more ice to your glass, if it pleases you.

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Step six

Fill glass with champagne. It usually ends up to be 2 – 3 ounces each.

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The glass is super frosty! It looks soooooo good!!

Let’s look at the vertical view of the night and day cocktail.

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All that is left is to pick it up, place it to my lips and sip!

And I do.

I hope you enjoyed this night and day cocktail recipe.

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And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Night and Day Cocktail

This refreshing cocktail will make you look so Classy drinking it! Oh, and it’s heavenly in taste.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: campari cocktail, champagne cocktail, night and day, night and day cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 150kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ounce cognac (1 ounce per cocktail)
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier (1/2 ounce per cocktail)
  • 1/4 ounce Campari (1/8 ounce per cocktail)
  • 4 ounces champagne – or to fill the glass (approximately 2 ounces per cocktail)

Instructions

  • Fill your glass with crushed ice
  • Add cognac, Grand Marnier and Campari
    2 ounce cognac, 1 ounce Grand Marnier, 1/4 ounce Campari
  • Fill to the top with Champagne. Genly stir
    4 ounces champagne – or to fill the glass
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • As you add ingredients to the glass of crushed ice, the ice will melt somewhat so don’t be afraid to add more.
  • Use the BEST ingredients you can afford: premium ingredients make a more delicious drink, especially when the cocktail is 100% alcohol.
  • Use your preferred brand of cognac (I recommend Courvoisier) but definitely use Grand Marnier (over triple sec) for the orange flavor.
  • This recipe doesn’t call for a lot of champagne, so unless you’re ready to drink it soon after opening, buy it in the small bottles whenever you can find them.
  • You don’t need to buy premium champagne for this cocktail.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounces | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 5g
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Originally published May of 2016.

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14 Comments

  1. I love the color of this cocktail. It really is classy looking. I love how simple this is too. What garnishes could you add to make it look a little more festive for a party? Thanks for this great recipe!

    1. Thank you April.

      I would say an orange slice (grand marnier) and a maraschino cherry. That would liven it up a bit!

      Elaine

  2. Wow!! How fun is this! I’ve never heard of this cocktail, but I can’t wait to try it in supper club next month!

  3. this is my kinda cocktail! I love the split between the two colours it looks just gorgeous together! Great recipe Elaine!

  4. OM I really love this cocktail. I am bookmarking for our camping trip this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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