IT’S the most wonderful (and gay) time of the year — Mardi Gras!

And if that’s not an occasion for a cocktail or 12, then we’ll eat our sequinned cowboy hat.

We’ve put together a menu of delicious concoctions to accompany you through the final week of the festive Mardi Gras calendar — all built around the delicious flavours of Stolichnaya Premium Vodka.

Grab some ice, your best buds (or that hottie you’ve wanted to invite round for a while), plenty of saucy, sexy Stoli and bring it on.

FOR THE WEEKEND BEFORE

RIGHT, you’ve got plenty of social events booked for the coming week, not to mention those appointments: spray tan, haircut, waxing, plucking, personal training (better start some time, right?). You need a fierce beverage to fortify yourself. With luxe vodka combined with tart lime and spicy ginger, this cocktail is not for wallflowers, but that’s okay, you’ve got no intention of being one this week.

STOLI MULE

60ml Stoli Premium Vodka 15ml fresh lime juice 90ml Stoli Ginger Beer

Build over ice into rocks glass and garnish with lime wedge.

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FOR MARDI GRAS

AS Dannii once sang, “this is it!” So cue up some tracks from your favourite diva and whip up this devilishly delicious concoction. The luscious salty caramel vodka and jolt of cola will have you buzz- ing like a pop starlet ready to walk on stage. It’s time to celebrate the good and the very, very bad of Mardi Gras, and have the craziest night of 2016. What better way to begin than with a drink that shares a name with a Gaga smash hit?

STOLI BAD ROMANCE

60ml Stoli Salted Karamel Vodka 90ml cola 5ml grenadine

Add Stoli and grenadine to ice filled highball glass. Top with cola and garnish with a cherry.

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FOR THE NIGHT BEFORE PARADE & PARTY

IT’S Mardi Gras Eve — you want to relax and take it easy so that you’re ready for the big day. This is your chance to finally lock down your outfit, finish those fairy wings, delve into the makeup bag and strategise how you’re gonna make tomorrow The. Best. Mardi. Gras. Evah. We know you like to take it slow — so sip on a martini that likes things dirty. Keep all elements of this cocktail icy cold for the best results. This is a night for chilling, after all.

FILTHY, DIRTY MARTINI

90ml Stoli Premium Vodka 15ml olive juice

Shake over ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with olive pick.

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FOR THE DAY AFTER

TIME for a recovery classic as you flash back to who sang what, who wore what and who snogged who. You can’t beat that mix of crisp vodka, the freshness of tomato and the bite of Worcestershire sauce. Trust us, opting for grated fresh horse-rad- ish will really give it a kick more than the stuff from the jar, but it’s not a deal breaker. Take a swig, toast another fantastic Mardi Gras, and start counting down to the next…

STOLI BLOODY MARY

60ml Stoli Vodka 120ml tomato juice 15ml fresh lemon juice 15ml freshly grated horseradish Dash Worcestershire sauce Dash Tabasco sauce Salt and pepper to taste

> Add all ingredients into ice filled high-ball glass and garnish with olives, celery branch and lemon

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