Party Intelligence Gathering: What's Your Favorite Cocktail?

The entertaining season is quickly approaching, and while we might be all over gifts, food and decor, we can't forget about one of the most important elements of a successful party: the cocktails. Whether it's a themed drink, a seasonal beverage, or you like to mix it up, we're wondering, what's your favorite cocktail? When you host a party, do you serve your favorite concoction, or cater to your guests?

My standard cocktail go-to, whether I'm at a bar, restaurant or party, is typically a vodka soda. However, I know I'd be really excited if I went to a party that was serving St Germain. Over the past several years, the elderflower liqueur has maintained a regular appearance in my cocktail rotation, and is now a permanent fixture in my bar cabinet. I love the flavor on its own, and it can be mixed with a variety of other beverages. It can be kept really simple by adding it to a good gin, or can be dressed up with champagne, fruit, syrups and sodas. You can also make non-alcoholic alternatives by making elderflower cordials. If your guests haven't tried it before, they'll be more than likely pleasantly surprised. And the bottle looks great on a bar cart to boot.

Saint Germain Recipes from The Kitchn:
Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
Traditional Elder-fashioned Cocktail
Kew Garden
The FreeBerry Cocktail
Lady Sybil
Elderflower Cordial Cocktail
Blackberry Elderflower Spritzer with Mint
Orange and Elderflower Spritzer

So, What's Your Favorite Cocktail?

(Image via The Kitchn)