All your party prob­lems solved. Cheers!

The busy per­son’s guide to hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ing.

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A SIG­NA­TURE COCK­TAIL SEEMED LIKE A GOOD

idea when you pinned it to your “hol­i­day house party” Pinterest board—not so much when there’s a lineup down the hall for drinks and you’re trapped in the kitchen try­ing to pull off your best Coy­ote Ugly im­pres­sion. The so­lu­tion? Punch, says Tyler New­some, bar di­rec­tor for Asian-Caribbean restau­rant Pa­tois in Toronto. “Par­ties are all about hav­ing fun—the more time you have to spend with peo­ple the bet­ter,” h

he says. “Punches are great for that. Pre­pare ev­ery­thing in ad­vance and all you have to worry about is chat­ting with your friends and get­ting tipsy.” New­some’s rule: Skip the mulled wine for some­thing fresher, like his Bo­real Sor­rel Punch. This rum-based bevvy is a twist on the cosmo, which New­some says—com­pletely own­ing it—is one of his favourite drinks. In­stead of cran juice, it in­cor­po­rates sor­rel (hibis­cus wa­ter, pop­u­lar in Caribbean cock­tails) and faler­num (a syrup that you can make on your own with rum or buy at a cock­tail store). “The sor­rel has this cran­berry flavour, while faler­num is a tra­di­tional rum­based Caribbean liqueur with spice and gin­ger,” he says. If you don’t want it to get wa­tered down too quickly, nix the ice cubes and use a block of ice that’s about half the size of your punch bowl. Google “pro­fes­sional ice distrib­u­tor” and they’ll hook you up.

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