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Throw a Better Cocktail Party with These Essentials

Hosting a holiday cocktail 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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    Mofado Cocktail Mixing Glass

    James Bond’s preferences notwithstanding, aficionados will tell you that the proper technique for mixing a martini or other spirits-only cocktails is to stir, not shake. This crystal mixing glass has a heavy, weighted bottom for stability and thick, seamless walls to prevent cracking, making it a long-lived (and beautiful) addition to your bar.

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    Cinzano Rosso Vermouth

    A great sweet vermouth is an essential on your bar cart. A fortified wine infused with botanicals like marjoram, mace, orange peel, and wormwood, it's an important co-star in for such classics as the Negroni, the Manhattan, and the Martinez (precursor to the martini).

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    Rabbit Push Muddler

    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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    Royal Rose Simple Syrups

    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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    Oxo Mini Liquid Measure

    Most cocktail sets include a standard double-head jigger, but for precisely mixed cocktails, we much prefer this simple liquid measure. Taking a cue from Oxo’s larger measuring cups, an interior angled wall lets you read the measurements easily from above, and measurements are marked in tablespoons, ounces, mL, and cups.

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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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    Fever-Tree Tonic Water

    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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    Wintersmiths Ice Chest

    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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    Disposable Palm-Leaf 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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