6 Easy Ways to Upgrade At-Home Cocktails This Holiday Season

Take a break from that glass of wine for snazzy homemade cocktails.

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December 07, 2020

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The holidays might feel a little different this year, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Since holiday gatherings are a little smaller than normal, you can take this as a perfect opportunity to upgrade your offerings, especially in the realm of cocktails. If you're looking to upgrade from a standard glass of wine at dinner to a home-crafted cocktail, we've rounded up some products that make serving a bar-worthy beverage a snap.

Keep these sodas on-hand all season long for an easy cocktail mixer, or drink them as-is for a refreshing beverage. These sodas only contain 30 calories, and they’re free from artificial ingredients and sweeteners, according to the company. Pick from multiple flavor packs, or opt for the classics including Cherry Pop, Gingery Ale and Orange Nectarine.

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These tiny cans are full of flavor but light enough for those who don’t like their cocktails too sweet. Avec’s low-cal, low-sugar carbonated mixers are designed to pair with whatever spirits you have on hand. Just pour a can into a glass, add a shot or two and voila! You’ve got a more sophisticated well drink, minus the extra effort of a fancy cocktail. The Sampler pack includes five flavors: Jalapeno & Blood Orange, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Hibiscus & Pomegranate, Yuzu & Lime and our personal favorite, Ginger.

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Available in 11 different flavors, including Ginger Beer, Elderflower Tonic Water, Grapefruit Soda and more, these are a bar cart must-have. The individual bottles will give your bar cart an upgraded look, plus they'll make crafting any beverage beyond easy.

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If you're missing going out to brunch, these cocktail mixers have everything you need to bring the boozy element of your favorite meal to your home with ease. Just add your spirit of choice to these mixers, and you'll have anything from a classic Bloody Mary, Rosemary Collins, Peach Bellini and more. The company also offers a variety of other cocktail products, including crafted bitters and canned Bitters & Soda, which are non-alcoholic, ready-to-drink beverages.

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Lastly, you can't expect to create delicious at-home cocktails without the proper gear. This eight-piece cocktail shaker set will have you mixing, shaking and serving delicious beverages all year long.

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Another essential item for high-quality cocktails is a good ice cube tray. W&P offers a variety of shapes and sizes, including these sphere ice molds that make both a beautiful and functional addition to your homemade drink.

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