2012 marks the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Celebrations officially begin on January 23, but you can enjoy these dragon-themed cocktails anytime!

The dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules, and if left on their own, they are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Others are attracted to dragons, especially their colourful personalities, but deep down, dragons prefer to be alone which can be misinterpreted as arrogance or conceit. Beware: Dragons have tempers that can flare fast! (From chinesezodiac.com)

Red Dragon

1 cup blood-orange juice

3 tbsp. sugar

8 oz. tequila

7 oz. triple sec

1 blood-orange peel (for garnish)

Mix the blood-orange juice and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer on low heat until syrupy. Allow to cool. Combine everything except the peel in a large pitcher, or put 6 oz. in a shaker with ice. Pour into a margarita glass, garnish with blood-orange peel.

Flaming Angry Dragon

1/2 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. Hpnotiq liqueur

1/4 oz. grenadine syrup

1/4 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur

1 splash Everclear grain alcohol

Mix together the vodka and Hqnotiq in a double-shot glass. Carefully layer grenadine syrup over the mixture, followed by a layer of Bailey’s. Add a splash of Everclear and light the shot on fire. Serve and drink when extinguished.