Cocktails are an essential to every good party. Whether you are having a fun get together with your friends or hosting a formal dinner, a good cocktail will up the entire feel of your party. If you thought mixing drinks isn't easy and it takes too much effort, think again!These quick and easy recipes will make you an excellent host and an expert of mixology at the your next party!

Vodka Cocktails

If vodka is the choice of poison, these are the drinks you can mix up and serve.

1. Cosmopolitan

Often called Cosmo, this is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed or sweetened lime juice. The cranberry's sweetness goes brilliantly well with the bitterness of triple sec and lime zest! Here's the recipe in detail.

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2. Elyx Cup

A new cocktail in town, Elyx Cup is bubbly and refreshing! It will be the go-to cocktail for light drinkers at your party. The mint and the cucumber provide a fresh burst of flavor that leaves a nice aftertaste. Get the recipe right here .

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3. Great Gatsby

Do you find the idea of drinking in secrecy exciting? That's what it was like during the Prohibition in 1920s and 1930s in America. And this drink is inspired from the secrecy and grandeur of that era only. The recipe is right here.

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4. Sea Breeze

The Sea Breeze is a popular mixed drink. It is delicious and so simple that it may quickly become your new favorite for everyday sipping. This drink is a spiked fruit punch with just a hint of tart citrus in the background and it is fantastic. Learn the mixing here.

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5. The Orange Tundra

This is an indulgent mix creating that frothy creamy mouthfeel we all used to love as children. The cream soda goes amazingly well with the bitterness of vodka and the smoothness of coffee liqueur. Learn how it's made.

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6. Sex On The Beach

Sex On The Beach is one of the most popular cocktails on the block. The name makes it intriguing and something that every one wants to try as soon as they can get their hands on it. Learn how to make it.

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Whiskey Cocktails

Whiskey is the perfect drink to enjoy slowly and leisurely. And here are some easy to mix whiskey cocktails that will surely leave your guests impressed!

1. Whiskey Sour

Whiskey sour is the simplest of cocktails to make. It requires a whiskey, water, sugar and lemon and you have a tangy cocktail that leaves you asking for more. Get the recipe for this traditional cocktail right here .

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2. Old Manhattan

The Old Manhattan is one of the most venerable of cocktails. Properly made, it's sweet and strong, but not overpowering. It's dead simple to make, and absolutely delicious. Get the easy recipe here.

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3. Mint Julep

Mint Julep was a fan favorite of Kentucky Derby. Every coming-of-age boy was expected to know how to make this cocktail perfectly. The mint was added as a dash of refreshing element in the otherwise dark and strong cocktail. Get the recipe here to know how to make it on your own.

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Gin Cocktails

Gin has a reputation of rubbing shoulders with the who's who of high society. Or that is how it is perceived. It exudes a sophistication that is not easily handled by many. But if you know people who know their Gin and Vermouth, serve them these beauties!

1. Negroni

There are few things in life that you can reliably count on, the deliciousness of Negroni is one of them. Composed of only three ingredients measured in equal amounts, a Negroni is one of the easiest cocktails to mix up! Get the recipe right here .

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2. The Munich

The Munich is as sophisticated as the city it is named after. Made with Gin, Campari and Champagne, the drink is a delicious mix of bitterness of Campari and the bubbly sparkle of the Champagne. Get the detailed recipe here.

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3. Jude's Gin Float

Jude's Gin Float is the cocktail that everyone loves! Coupled with the sweetness of Vanilla ice cream, and the smoothness of tonic water, the gin tastes delicious in this drink! Learn how to make it right here.

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Rum Cocktails

Rum is the favorite alcohol for winters. And even though the old fashioned Rum and Coke trumps any other drink, there are a few cocktails you can mix and have something more than a simple Rum and Coke.

1. Daiquiri

Daiquiri is one of quintessential rum cocktails and very easy to make. It has three ingredients and the balance of sugar and lime is what makes the drink so popular and yummy. Learn how to mix it right here.

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2. Mojito

Mojito is a simple and delightful drink that should be on every drinker's list of cocktails that they must know how to make. Mojito requires simple ingredients which might just be available in your kitchen. You can just throw them together and voila!, Mojito is ready to be served.

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3. Caipirinha

The national drink of Brazil, Caipirinha is one of the refreshing rum cocktails popular in all parts of the world. The Caipirinha is a perfect cocktail to adapt for seasonal fruits as well as it goes really well with the added sweetness or tanginess of fruits! See the original recipe and some fruity variations here.

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4. Mai Tai

This is a drink that takes you right to the tropics, no matter where you are sipping it. The pineapple juices give it the tangy punch and a burst of flavor as well. Learn the recipe right here.

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5. Hurricane

This super-boozy rum cocktail was first created in 1940's in the French Quarter of New Orleans. And the first sip will transport you back to the same era. Get ready to make some of these and take a rummy trip to New Orleans.

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6. Macua

Macua is the national drink of Nicargua and is named after a bird native to the area. Traditionally made with Guava juice and local Nicarguan rum, this is now a popular drink and can be made with a simple Bacardi from your cabinet. This is a fun drink enjoyed in sips. Learn how to make it here .

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Party Shots

Well, if you are daring and want to spice up your party, the party shots are the way to go! Shots are sure- shot way to shoot up the entire flavor of the party.

1. B-52

This shot is a delicious combination of coffee and Irish cream liqueurs. The layered shot has a undertone of the creaminess from the Irish liqueur and the smoothness of the coffee liqueur. Learn how to mix it right.

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2. Kamikaze

'Kamikaze' is a Japanese word literally meaning 'divine wind' and a shot of Kamikaze will give you a glimpse of divinity in no time. Available in multiple variations, this shot can be the go-to shot at your party. This is how it's made.

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3. Jäger Bombs

The energy drink Red Bull in this shot gives you the wings making it very easy to down many Jäger Bombs one after the other. This is how you make this easy shot!

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Now you are armed with the best and easiest cocktails to make. Go have a kickass party!