Decide what you want your cocktail to look like.
Get down to the fundamental mixology.
Say you want the smooth, smoky flavor of tequila with a touch of sweetness for watching the St. Paddy’s Day parade. Here, you may consider making a simple substitution of blue curacao for grenadine in the recipe of a tequila sunrise. Your drink will taste similar with additional orange flavor and the yellow of the orange juice combines with the blue liqueur to make a festive green. Experimentation is crucial at this juncture; just be sure to write down what you try before you forget.
Tweak the recipe to perfection.
Chances are, you won’t get the proportions just right the first time. So, try and try again, and don’t forget to get the opinion of the long-legged cutie in cut-offs at the end of the bar. You have a ready-made conversation starter and the possibility to drive her home once your very own cocktail is complete.