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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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Festive Planter?s Punch
Bryan McCay
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Festive Planter's Punch for a Crowd

Combine 1 quart each pineapple juice and orange juice, 1 1/2 cups dark rum, 1/4 cup each lime juice and grenadine. Refrigerate. Just before serving add 2 cans club soda, orange slices, 1 jar drained maraschino cherries and ice. Serves 16.

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