Who doesn’t love a good drink? From those who enjoy the bitter taste of a good beer to the fruity offerings of a sweetened cocktail, there’s a drink match for just about everyone. That’s why we at Las Vegas Cater offer fun, affordable cocktail party catering. We bring the bar, we bring the alcohol, and we’ll even bring h’orderves to keep your gets full as they sip away.

And in the good spirit of our cocktail party enjoyment, we’ve whipped up a few cocktail recipes for you to try at home! That’s right, you can bring the party yourself at the next family dinner or for your next personal pampering evening. There’s a world of possibilities, so mix and match and find what alluring flavor entices your taste buds.

To find the delectable recipes below, we hopped on over to SeriousEats.com and picked only the best for you to enjoy.

THE DERBY

The art of cocktails is about as old as the art of racing horses. This drink brings the noble pasts together. Hints of pepper, herbs, and a dry tart taste will have you ready to bet on horses in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce bourbon whiskey
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier or orange curacao
  • Lime wedge or mint leaf, just for garnish

Directions:

  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and then pour in bourbon, sweet vermouth, lime, and grand marnier, shaking well.
  • Strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or mint leaf if desired and serve.

HONEYMOON COCKTAIL

Acidity is what balances this apple brandy sour. And since it was first introduced in a book titled Recipes for Mixed Drinks in 1916, you can call your cocktail hour a history project.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
  • ½ ounce Marie Brizard Orange Curacao
  • ½ ounce Benedictine
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add in apple brandy, curacao, lemon juice, and Benedictine, shaking well.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe and enjoy.

THE MICKEY ROURKE

This cocktail is as easy and refreshing as it gets. And the final color is almost too good to look at. Only almost though. You’ll still finish it for sure.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 ½ ounces fresh blood orange juice
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions:

  • Add the tequila, bitters, lime juice and blood orange juice into a mixing glass, stirring well.
  • Strain the drink into a highball glass filled with ice and serve.

APPLEJACK RABBIT

This is a quick, easy cocktail that will capture your taste buds with a tart taste. The key ingredient that makes this a winner of a drink is the maple syrup, a unique and tasty touch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
  • ¾ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ½ ounce Deep Mountain Grade B Maple Syrup

Directions:

  • Add the apple brandy, lemon juice, orange juice, and maple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill it fully with ice.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker until well chilled, which should take approximately 15 seconds.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe and you’re finished.

MEYER LEMON TOM COLLINS

There is no better companion to gin than a Meyer lemon and this cocktail brings them together in a simple and yet effective way.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • The juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Chilled soda water

Directions:

  • Combine the gin, sugar, and juice in a highball glass, stirring well.
  • Add in ice and top it all off with soda.
  • Stir the mix lightly if you like and enjoy!

There is an endless variety of cocktails available for you to try and enjoy. Finetune these tasty and unique drinks to perfection and you’ll be glad you did. If you found these cocktail recipes scrumptious, share this article on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media you use. Your friends will thank you. And if you have some other fun recipes or preparation tips and tricks, comment below and share your mixology wisdom with your fellow readers. It’s happy hour somewhere, right?