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It's time to throw down for your next together.  Whether it's a holiday party or just your turn to host, let your mixology gene rage!  Instead of having the same old beer in the frig, wine on the rack, and simple two part cocktails, have some fun with what you're serving.  Along with the standards you're comfortable with, pick a few "out of the box" drinks you and your fellow merry makers can crowd around and make together.  Along with trying great new drinks, there's an entertainment factor that's undeniable.  So stock up your bar and get out your blender, shaker, and shot glasses; sure you'll spend a few bucks at the liquor store, but it's still cheaper then hiring a band. 
A Brain Teaser

Serve in Old-Fashioned Glass
One Drink 
1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1/2 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1 oz cream

Shake everything with ice and pour into glass with a couple of ice cubes.  How Simple is that!
Long Island Iced Tea 

Serve in Collins Glass
Scale ingredients to  servings. 
1 part vodka
1 part 1800® Tequila
1 part rum
1 part gin
1 part triple sec
1 1/2 parts sweet and sour mix
1 splash Coca-Cola®

Mix ingredients together over ice in a glass. Pour into a shaker and give one brisk shake. Pour back into the glass and make sure there is a touch of fizz at the top. Garnish with lemon.

Curious Feeling (I love this name.)

Serve in Highball Glass alcohol
One Drink 
2 oz Beefeater® gin
1 oz Angostura® bitters
2 oz Tropicana® orange juice
1 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1 oz Mott's® clamato juice
1 tsp brown sugar

Combine dry gin, bitters, coffee liqueur, and orange juice in a mixing glass and stir. Decant contents into a microwave-safe container and microwave for 30 seconds. Add ice to a blender and pour contents of container into it. Add clamato juice and brown sugar, cap container, and turn blender on. When mixture has the consistency of a frozen drink, pour into highball glass. Garnish with straw, a dash of kosher salt, and peppermint leaves.

*History time: Famous bartender Rodney Simmons created this drink in honor of the new millenium. The name came from a remark of one of his satisfied customers upon trying the drink for the first time.

Suffering Bastard 

Serve in Old-Fashioned Glass
One Drink 
1 1/2 oz rum
1 oz overproof rum
3/4 oz Orange Curacao liqueur
1/2 oz orgeat syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz fresh orange juice

Shake all ingredients well and strain into an ice-filled double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with slices of orange and lime, and serve.

Personal Note:  This is not a light weight's drink.  I was humbled by this fine mixture.
Harvey Wallbanger Screwdriver with a twist!  Two for One Sale, Regular & Supersized. (See Harvey Wall Climber) 

Serve in Collins Glass
One Drink 
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Galliano® herbal liqueur
4 oz orange juice

Pour vodka and orange juice into a collins glass over ice cubes and stir. Float galliano on top and serve.

Harvey Wall Climber (Pool side version)

Serve in Beer Mug
One Drink 
4 oz vodka
8 oz orange juice
1 1/2 oz Galliano® herbal liqueur
1/2 qt ice

Pour vodka and orange juice into a half litre beer stein filled with ice cubes and stir. Float galliano on top. 

If you like screwdrivers, you'll like these.  This drink with the cool name was the rage thirty years ago and the Galliano bottle is impressive as hell to have in your bar.
Bleeding Orgasm (Hey, I didn't name it, but I couldn't resist adding this hard hitting mix with it's curious sure to wear a lamp shade ritual.)

Serve in Highball Glass
One Drink 
4 oz Aftershock® Hot & Cool cinnamon schnapps
2 oz Jack Daniel's® Tennessee whiskey
2 oz Archers® peach schnapps
2 oz Hamspburg® absinthe

Firstly, it is recommended that you hold a shot (1-oz) of absinthe in your mouth for around 30 seconds, then swallow. After the shot of absinthe, drink the concoction through a straw (serve at room temperature, strictly neither too warm, nor too cold). Follow up with a double shot (2-oz) of sambuca for that sweet aftertaste. Finally, relax + watch the room go funny. 

History Time: Invented by Maxiie Paige, this drink by the name of Bleeding Orgasm is usually enjoyed at private social events where alcohol costs significantly less. It's popularity exists minutely in several British cities; Leicester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham. Often enjoyed with a cigarette.

Absolut Motherf*cker (This will clean you clock.)
Serve in Highball Glass
One Drink 
1 1/2 oz Absolut® Citron vodka
1 1/2 oz Crown Royal® Canadian whisky
1 1/2 oz peach schnapps
1 1/2 oz triple sec
1 splash orange juice
1 splash pineapple juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously as to form ice shavings and foam, pour entire contents into a highball glass and serve.

Purple Panty Dropper 
Serve in Old-Fashioned Glass
One Drink 
1/3 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
1/3 oz creme de noyaux
1/3 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
1/3 oz Rumple Minze® peppermint liqueur

Mix and shake Rumple Minze, Blue Curacao, and Creme de Noyaux in a chiller and strain into a rocks glass. Carefully drop Bailey's Irish Cream to the bottom. Take as a shot. 

Red Death 
Serve in Collins Glass
One Drink 
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz sloe gin
1/2 oz lime juice
orange juice

Pour all ingredients (except orange juice) into an ice-filled collins glass. Fill with orange juice, and serve
Red Headed Slut

1oz peach schnapps
1oz Jagermeister 
Splash of Cranberry Juice

Too easy not to love!  Mix over ice, splash the cranberry juice, and enjoy knowing no matter how many you have it's a simple enough mix that you'll be able to make another!  

Gifted by: Donna Nunz of Atlanta, GA
Pineapple Bomber 

Shot of Southern Comfort 
Shot of Spiced Rum (Captain Morgan’s, of course) 
Shot of Amaretto 
Splash of Orange-Pineapple Juice

Only good things come from a mix starting with Captain Mogan's and Southern Comfort!  Ice' em, mix' em and splash the citrus and enjoy! (Repeat as needed.)

Gifted by: Renee Howard of Atlanta, GA
He, who laughs last, thinks slowest.
Amber Nectar

A brown sugar cube soaked with Angostura and peach bitters
1 oz. Archers Peach Schnapps
1 oz. Macallan Amber Liqueur
Top up with Champagne

A Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink will go over well with family and friends, before the turkey, with the pumpkin pie, or at any point in between. The Amber Nectar cocktail was created at the American Bar at the Savoy hotel in London. Macallan Amber—a maple-syrup-and-pecan-flavored eau de vie with the twist of a whisky finish—is the dominant taste in the drink, but doesn’t overwhelm the champagne. If you can’t find Macallan Amber then you can substitute a maple syrup liqueur.

Whiskey Mac 

1-1/2 oz. Scotch whisky
1-1/2 oz. ginger wine

This is the perfect drink for the entire season. It can be served hot (add 6 oz. hot water) or cold and combines the bite of ginger with the burn of whisky. There are recipes for homemade ginger wine, made by overzealous Christmas gifters, but it’s better to buy a bottle of Stone’s or Crabbies (available online).

Whisky and ginger-ale was actually one of the first drinks ordered in a movie with sound—by Greta Garbo in “Anna Christie.” But with all due respect to the Great Garbo, this drink is better.

Boiler Maker

1-1/2 oz. bourbon in a shot glass
1 pint of American lager

Fall means football and this is the classic way to get a tailgate going. Drop the shot in the beer and cheer.

The Corpse Reviver II

3/4 oz. gin 
3/4 oz. Cointreau 
3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc 
3/4 oz. lemon juice 
1 drop absinthe (or absinthe substitute, such as Pernod)

In the days when Absinthe was just making its reappearance in Europe, our first attempt to make it resulted in a disgusting cocktail of wormwood, cheap vodka and St. John’s wort (the herbs purchased from a strange store in the East Village in New York). It was more green troll than green fairy. Today you can buy Absente, which is legal and wormwood free, and avoid the feeling you are knowingly poisoning yourself.

The name of this drink and the sinister mythology surrounding Absinthe make this the perfect Halloween libation. The combination of orange and anise is deceptively smooth to drink, while the Lillet Blanc works as a digestif. But it is really strong and, even without the wormwood, may cause affectations like literary pretensions and fake French accents.