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Ah, the sweet taste of victory. It fills you up, satisfies you, and makes you generally feel good about yourself. But you know what else does that? Liquor. In a perfect world, you’d always pick up the win and celebrate with a little taste of alcohol, but sometimes life can be rough. Sometimes you don’t win, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sweet taste of a celebration cocktail. In either victory or defeat, any of these celebration cocktails will have you feeling like a winner!

Victory Collins.

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This aptly-titled drink puts a new spin on the standard Tom Collins recipe. How is it different? Well, it’s sweeter-a lot sweeter, because it’s celebrating victory! Try this one out in victory or defeat, and you won’t be sorry.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz. lemon juice
  • 3 oz. grape juice
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 orange slice

Directions:

  1. Shake all liquids in a martini shaker.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over ice cubes.
  3. Garnish with orange slice.

Winning Horse.

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Bet on the ponies, do ‘ya? Hopefully you picked the winning horse, but even if you didn’t, this celebration cocktail will make you feel like a winner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. vermouth
  • 4 oz. chilled soda water
  • 1 cherry

Directions:

  1. Fill a wine goblet with ice.
  2. Pour ingredients over ice
  3. Garnish with a cherry.

Champagne Celebration.

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This is how you celebrate like a baller. Bring out the the good stuff in times of victory, and bring it out in times of defeat. You’ll need some cheering up, and champagne is the perfect cure for that.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. brandy
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1/2 oz. bitters
  • 4 oz. champagne

Directions:

  1. Soak sugar cube in bitters; place in champagne flute.
  2. Add orange liqueur and brandy to flute.
  3. Fill with champagne.

Celebration #2.

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When you win, you feel great. After a defeat, though, you can end up feeling like “number two” in more ways than one. But fear not, this cocktail will pull you out of the “dumps” and have you in a celebratory mood in no time!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. cognac
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. light rum
  • 1 lemon peel

Directions:

  1. Shake ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a highball glass.
  3. Garnish with lemon peel.