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You don't need to spend a lot of money at the liquor store to have a holiday party. Just two bottles and a couple of mixers can make 10 drinks that will keep almost any guest happy. Sean Heisey

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You don't need to spend a lot of money at the liquor store to have a holiday party. Just two bottles and a couple of mixers can make 10 drinks that will keep almost any guest happy. All of these ingredients will last about a month (you can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch) so stock of now and be ready to party through New Year's Day.

Don't worry about liquor going bad either. Most clear or brown liquors never expire. The flavor might change a little after a year if they've been opened because some of the alcohol will evaporate. Vermouth and fortified wines should be refrigerated and used within months, but that old bottle of vodka you have from two years ago should be fine.

Ingredients: 

Whiskey

Vodka

Orange juice

Cranberry

Lemons

Sugar or simple syrup

Madras 

1 1/2 ounces vodka

3 ounces cranberry juice

1 ounce orange juice

Add ingredients to glass filled with ice.

Screwdriver 

1 1/2 ounces vodka

4 ounces orange juice

Add ingredients to glass filled with ice.

Lemon Drop 

1 1/2 ounces vodka

1 ounce lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

Shake with ice, strain into sugar rimmed cocktail glass

Whiskey Sour  

1 1/2 ounce whiskey

1 ounce lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

splash of orange juice

Shake and strain into glass filled with ice

Blizzard 

2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce cranberry juice

1/2 ounce lemon juice

2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar

Shake and strain into glass filled with ice.

Cape Cod 

1 1/2 ounces Vodka

4 ounces cranberry juice

Pour over ice.

Hot Toddy 

1 1/2 ounce whiskey

1 cup hot water

1/2 ounce lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (or 1 tablespoon of honey)

Add whiskey lemon and sugar to mug. Top with hot water and stir.

Bourbon Squash 

1 1/2 ounce parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon

1 ounce orange juice

1/2 ounce lemon juice

1 teaspoon simple syrup or sugar

Shake and strain into glass filled with ice.

Drinks 9 and 10? 

Shots!

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