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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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    Herb & Lou’s Infused Ice Cubes

    Most of the time, ice cubes just water down your drink, but these ice cubes MAKE your drink. Herb & Lou’s ice cubes are infused with flavors: Orange-Ginger Old Fashioned and Meyer Lemon Daiquiri, for instance. Just freeze the tray, pop out the cubes, add them to your favorite spirits, and voila: instant cocktail party.

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    Bar10der 10-in-One Bar Tool

    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Fever Tree aromatic tonic water
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    Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic Water

    Fever Tree’s new aromatic tonic water is flavored with angostura bark, giving it a pretty pink tint and a pleasantly bitter edge that’s perfect for cocktails. This UK-based beverage company sources tonic’s key ingredient, quinine, from a special spot in Africa, 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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  • 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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