Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross

Launch the festivities with spirited cocktails and no-fuss dips. (Serves 10)
Pink Grapefruit and Lychee Cocktail
Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail
Orange Chipotle-Spiced Pecan Mix

Traditional Hummus

Spicy Baked Pita Chips
Shrimp Skewers with Coconut, Jalapeño, and Cilantro Dipping Sauce

March 09, 2010

The Holiday Liquor Cabinet
To make our cocktail recipes and other mixed drinks, here are helpful items to have on hand:
• Brandy (such as cognac or Armagnac)
• Orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
• Bourbon or Tennessee whiskey
• Gin
• Vodka
• Sparkling wine (Spanish cava and Italian proseco are most affordable)
• Assorted fruit juices (pink grapefruit, orange, cranberry, and such)
• Mixers (club soda, tonic water, ginger ale)
• Seasonal garnishes (star anise, cinnamon sticks)

Suggested tools to mix your drinks: martini shaker, strainer, bar knife, stirrer, ice tongs or spoon, double-jigger measure, bottle opener, and corkscrew. Basic bar tool sets start at about $20.

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