Holiday How-To: Classic Cocktails with a Twist

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When it comes to holiday entertaining, finding that perfect dress isn't a host’s only worry. Concocting cocktails to suit everyone's testy taste buds may seem like a daunting task, but we’re making it easier this season with four cocktail recipes sure to please a wide range of guests.

We talked to Dee Gibson, the director of Catering with Style, for tips on how to make your holiday party one to remember. Gibson shared four recipes that add a new twist to classic cocktails.

The Spritz

- 1.5 oz of Aperol

- 2 oz of Prosecco or other dry sparkling wine

- Ice cubes and slice of orange

- Splash of soda

“The Spritz” is a great drink to serve prior to the big feast. Aperol is considered an aperitif -- a great liquor to warm up everyone's appetites. Pour the Aperol and Prosecco over ice and serve in a wine glass with a fresh slice of orange.

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Wild Turkey Bourbon Manhattan

- 2 parts Wild Turkey 80

- 1 1/2 parts sweet vermouth

- 1 dash bitters

Wild Turkey Bourbon is aged in new white oak barrels. The bourbon draws a great deal of colour and flavour from the barrel, with vanilla and caramel being the predominant characteristics. Combine the ingredients with cracked ice and stir well before straining into a Manhattan or chilled martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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Sorrento in Red

- 1 ½ oz. Campari

- 1 oz. Limoncello

- Splash of Tangerine Juice

- Splash of Lime Juice

- Dash of Orange Bitters

Campari is a bold, red spirit that is a unique blend of herbs and spices with orange as a predominant flavor. Pour the ingredients over ice into a shaker. Shake and strain into stemmed wine glasses filled with ice. There’s no need to garnish.

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Classic Dry SKYY Martini

- 3oz. SKYY Vodka

- Dash of dry vermouth

- Garnish with a lemon twist or olive. Or try Sable & Rosenfeld’s Cocktail Skewers!

Pour the vodka into shaker with ice; add a dash of dry vermouth (some people like to spray it instead of pouring) and pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or olive, or try Sable & Rosenfeld’s Cocktail Skewers -- a great addition for hostesses on the run.

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