IT’S ALL IN THE KIT

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If you’re look­ing for­ward to wow­ing your guests with a mem­o­rable Mai Tai or the per­fect Piña Co­lada, you’ll need to gather to­gether all the nec­es­sary equip­ment. Start with a cocktail shaker – you’ll want this for ab­so­lutely any­thing that needs

to be shaken, not stirred. If you’re new to cocktail mak­ing, opt for a clas­sic Cob­bler-style model, which has an in-built strainer. Next, choose a spirit mea­sure. To pour ac­cu­rate sin­gle and dou­ble mea­sures, pick a dou­ble-sided mea­sure (known as a dou­ble jig­ger). Fi­nally, don’t for­get a bot­tle opener, tongs for ice

and a long-han­dled cocktail spoon for mix­ing and mash­ing in­gre­di­ents.

Cre­ate a glam­orous cor­ner for drinks prepa­ra­tion. Gold luxe drinks trol­ley, £228; faux tree, £162; both Au­denza

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