If you want to throw a great party, it is not enough to merely serve food and drink. To throw an excellent party, you should know how to make a killer cocktail. Actually, it would be best if you knew how to make a few of them.
But which ones should you know?

Well, that depends on what kind of alcohol you are serving at the party. A good standby alcohol is vodka.  Vodka is a neutral spirit; it is clean and smooth and mixes well with just about anything.  Of course, that means you can simply mix it with juice or soda but here are a few simple École du Bar de Montréal vodka cocktail recipes that you can make at home.

VODKA MARTINI

Obviously, this is an easy drink to make. Basically, you shake a few ounces of vodka in shaker with some ice and serve in a chilled martini glass. Some people like to add a measure of dry vermouth and some like to swirl just a little vermouth in the glass before adding the chilled vodka.  You can garnish with an olive or a lemon twist.

COSMOPOLITAN

For something a little more flavorful, the Cosmopolitan calls for vodka, lime, triple sec (optional), and a splash of cranberry juice.  It is best to muddle the lime with a little sugar, in a mixing glass, and then add ice and vodka (and triple sec if you want it a little sweeter) and just enough cranberry juice to color the libation. Shake and strain, garnish with a lime.

MOSCOW MULE

For something a little different, try this iconic drink.  The Moscow Mule was invented by the owners of Smirnoff Vodka (Heublein), who were trying to market the liquor—which is highly popular in Russia—before World War II. Obviously, this was a tumultuous time but the company teamed up with Hollywood’s famed Cock ‘n’ Bull tavern to design this simple but very refreshing concoction.  Basically, it is just lime muddled and mixed with vodka and then topped with ginger beer (and served in a copper mug).