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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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Mistletoe Margarita
Levi Brown
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Mistletoe Margarita

1 ounce Cazadores Reposado Tequila

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce Wild Hibiscus Syrup (www.wildhibiscus.com)

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Directions: Shake all ingredients very well in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish: 3 cranberries and a mint sprig (to look like mistletoe) and an optional salt rim

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