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Looking for information related to cocktails, bar carts or hosting? You’ve arrived at the right place. From cocktail recipes and bar-cart essentials to hosting tips and tricks, we’ve compiled some of our most popular blog posts to create a one-stop shop. Take out your note paper and pen and get to channeling your inner mixologist.

We asked Amanda Chen, founder of Salty Paloma, for her best tips and tricks to create a well-stocked and stylish bar cart at home. She weighs in on the must-have items you need, best practices when it comes to restocking the essentials, what type of alcoholic beverages you should have on hand, the decorative elements needed to boost your bar cart’s appeal, and the glassware you should purchase to impress guests.

Known as refreshing go-tos at any brunch, the paloma and mimosa are guaranteed crowd pleasers — but they don’t have to be basic. Mixologist Taylor Redd knows a thing or two about making a winning drink, and her twist on these two classic cocktails are a testament to that. Read on to learn how to make two of the best beginner cocktails for any occasion that’ll have your guests thinking you’re a certified mixologist.

When mixologist Demario Wallace thinks of springtime, a bright, floral and refreshing gin cocktail with a dash of bubbly comes to mind. Among his vast repertoire of boozy recipes, Wallace created this light and fresh cocktail that captures the change of season beautifully. “The bright Italian aperitif, followed by the mid spring flowers of the gin tied together by the dry Spanish sherry makes for a dazzling springtime sipper,” says Wallace.

Margaritas tend to be the go-to cocktail for those in search of a cool refresher on a hot day, but Amanda Chen would argue that it tastes just as satisfying on a chilly evening. Chen, mixologist and founder of Toronto’s Salty Paloma, knows a thing or two about making a killer cocktail. With the introduction of flavours like apples and cinnamon and a hint of maple syrup, Chen creates a cocktail exuding autumnal warmth, both in colour and spice.

Being the host of a party is hard work — sometimes you deserve to just kick back, relax and enjoy the gathering you’ve meticulously put together. The solution? Hire extra hands. Having a server, bartender or mixologist at your soiree will give you the support you need to enjoy your party without worry. Read on for the top three reasons why hiring support staff is sure to make hosting and entertaining a whole lot easier.

Now that you’ve tried our cocktail recipes, how about some food? Check out this one-pan breakfast dish, Chef Sous Chef’s Sunday best lasagna, or this 20-minute carbonara recipe.


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