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Throw a Better Cocktail Party with These Essentials

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Hosting a New Year’s Eve party? It’s the perfect time to upgrade your home bar and your party arsenal with these top-shelf cocktail ingredients and tools.

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    Muddling Through Like a Pro

    You don’t have to be a professional bartender to use the Rabbit Push Muddler but your drinks will taste and look like a pro made them. Created by the people who made the uber popular wine corkscrew, this tool spins while it muddles herbs, spices and fruits, preserving the flavors instead of crushing them. At your next party, you’ll want to pull this Rabbit out of your hat.

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    Mixer Magic

    Just like any good recipe, the difference between a middling cocktail and an outstanding one are the ingredients. From the liquor to the ice, what you use makes a big difference. That’s where Royal Rose Simple Syrups fit in. Made by hand in small batches, they use only organic ingredients and sprinkle in some love for good measure. Use the tamarind, lavender-lemon, cardamom-clover, ginger-lime and three-chile syrups in everything from old fashioneds and sazeracs to pound cake and lemonade.

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  • Plastic Cocktail Glasses
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    Unbreakable Cocktail Glasses

    Nothing brings down the sophistication of a holiday party like using plastic cups (we’re looking at you, Real Housewives) but these Tossware Tumblers, made from recyclable, shatterproof, crystal clear 100% BPA-free plastic, will fool the most snooty of guests. Plus, they can be hand washed and used repeatedly if you want. are stackable, and come in wine, champagne and beer sizes too. All for a very low price. Now if only we could find great quality vino for that cost!

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    A Slate Plate

    Holiday tables get a major design boost when the Sparq Slate Cheeseboard is used. This 10-by-14 rectangular platter can hold any hors d’oeuvre, cheese, bread or anything else that isn’t very hot. Even better, you can show off the interesting varieties of foods displayed by writing directly onto the slate with the accompanying soapstone chalk.

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  • Cocktail Cherries with Bourbon
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    A Cherry Bombe

    Those mass-produced cocktail cherries are more artificial than a fake Christmas tree and make your drinks taste like the pits. That’s why Jack Rudy Bourbon Cocktail Cherries will impress your guests. Oregon cherries are preserved with a small splash of high-quality Kentucky bourbon hand crafted by a family-run company based in Lexington. Life will be a bowl of cherries if you use these in drinks.

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    From Hand to Mouth

    If you’re like us, balancing a plate heaped with hors d’oeuvres, a full cocktail glass and an artful conversation at a party can be awfully challenging. The handmade ergonomic ceramic Buddha Belly Plate helps you cradle your plate in your palm, securing it with the thumb handle. Now all you have to do is figure out how not to get a Buddha belly of your own from the added holiday calories!

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  • Tonic Water
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    A Tonic for the Party

    As Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water points out, three-quarters of your gin and tonic is, surprise, tonic! So poor-quality tonic won’t make for a good drink. This UK-based beverage company sources tonic’s key ingredient, quinine, from a special spot in Africa, along with ingredients like bitter orange, and hand blends it to create the perfect flavor and fizz.

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  • Bartending Multi Tool
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    Tool Time

    Think of it as the Swiss Army knife of bar tools. The Bar10der Ten in One Ultimate Bartending Tool is, you guessed it, ten handy implements in one, literally. From a corkscrew, strainer, knife and bottle opener to a reamer, jigger, channel knife, zester, muddler and reamer, you’ll never go anywhere without it. Makes a great holiday stocking stuffer, too!

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  • Round Ice Cubes
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    Ice, Ice Baby

    It’s the little touches that impress the most, especially when you’ve invited cocktail aficionados to your party. The Wintersmiths Ice Chest makes crystal clear, large round ice balls, a small but important detail that will keep your guests talking. The ice size keeps drinks colder for longer and they don’t break up quickly due to the absence of air bubbles, which means less dilution of the drink. While the perfect cube, or should we say ball, doesn’t come cheap, it’s a great investment for drink lovers.

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    Stylish & Disposable Plates

    Having 40 guests over but you don’t have 40 non-chipped plates and bowls from the same set? Or, your idea of a good time isn’t loading the dishwasher twice while you’re hosting? These gorgeous palm leaf plates from CaterEco are the answer. Sturdy, microwave proof, hand crafted and generous in size, CaterEco’s dinner and salad plates will hold hot and cold items and can then be tossed into the recycling bin. The best news? You’ll get 96 plates (48 each salad and dinner) for just $46. Talk about the price is right.

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