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5 Links to Read Before Throwing a Cocktail Party

August 28, 2013

Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master a cooking technique. Culinary greatness, here you come.

Today: Pour yourself a drink and toast to summer.

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We never need an excuse to whip up a cocktail, but with fresh fruit and herbs abound, summer is an especially good time to do it. For most of us, the warm days of sitting outside with a refreshingly cold beverage in hand are numbered, so make the most of it and invite some friends over for a cocktail party. These links will help you be the hostess you've always wanted to be.

  • First: stock up on ice cube trays, glasses and other cocktail essentials here. And select your ice carefully -- it matters. (Food52.)
  • Summer is a simple, no-fuss season. Let your drinks reflect that. (New York Times.)
  • But if you want to take your cocktails to the next level, use infused simple syrups. (Bon Appetit.)
  • Pitcher drinks ensure you spend more time socializing and less time mixing. (The Kitchn.)
  • Avoid these seven summer cocktail party pitfalls and you’ll be all set. (Serious Eats.)

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What are your tips for serving summer cocktails? Tell us in the comments!

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