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Raising the Bar: Artisanal Holiday Cocktails

Visually stunning and astonishingly tasty, artisanal cocktails combine premium spirits with seasonal fruits, herbs, and other just-picked ingredients. "The perfect cocktail not only pleases the palate, but looks like a work of art," says Jonathan Pogash, who creates signature drinks for restaurants across the country. "And don't be afraid to make one at home. If you think certain flavor combos work well in food, chances are they will in a glass." Get shaking and stirring with these holiday-flavored drinks.

Recipes from Jonathan Pogash, "The Cocktail Guru," and the Family Circle food editors

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Holiday Mojito
Bryan McCay
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Holiday Mojito

Muddle 1/2 cup mint sprigs in a large shaker. Add 1/2 cup dark rum, 1/4 cup each maple syrup and lime juice and 8 dashes bitters. Allow to sit for a minute. Shake well. Add 1 can seltzer; strain into double old-fashioned glasses filled with ice. Garnish with sprigs of mint. Makes 4 servings.

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