11 Easy Mardi Gras Cocktail Recipes

The biggest party of the year is upon us. Mardi Gras kicks off the last week of February, and the place to be is, without a doubt, New Orleans, Louisiana. However, if you can't be down south for the celebrations, you're probably making plans to bring the celebration to you.

The first step to planning a successful Mardi Gras is all in the details: whiskey, vodka, or tequila? (If you and your guests are over 21, of course.) A good host prepares for guests of all tastes, offering cocktails of varying liquors, proper for different times of day — because I know that you know that I know, this party is a day-long, late-night affair.

Not everyone experienced a short stint as a mixologist — err, bartender — in their day, so just know that classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule and vodka tonic will always be solid options to offer at any party. For those with higher ambitions, however, a short list of handcrafted cocktails is the only way to blow your Mardi Gras party out of the park. To help you throw the Fat Tuesday party of a lifetime, here are a few easy Mardi Gras cocktail recipes.