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Ready or not, here the holidays come. And that means people - friends, in-laws, carolers, cousins twice removed - will be merrily rolling into your house. Some of them you will like; some of them you will not. Either way, you might as well ease the potential awkwardness and give them a drink.
Bryan Dayton, the owner of Boulder's Oak at Fourteenth and this year's "most inspired bartender in the country" according to GQ Magazine, offers all the bare necessities to make spirits brighter in the comfort of your own home.
Five Essential Bar Tools for the Holidays: Bryan Dayton
A hand juicer is another essential tool; winter is citrus season and there is no better way to make great cocktails than by utilizing the abundance of great citrus in its peak."
2. A teapot is essential in the season to help make warm drinks
3. A whisk and mixing bowl
4. A microplane is a must-have
5. A mixing spoon, mixing glass and a julep strainer
Santa's Little Helper
Place all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice. Stir until well chilled. Pull the spoon out and place the julep strainer on top and strain over rocks or up in a cocktail glass.
Garnish with an orange peel and some freshly grated nutmeg.
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