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One of summer's greatest pleasures is sipping an icy, refreshing beverage in the sunshine -- or the nearest patch of shade. Summery cocktails and punches aplenty are finally ready for their seasonal debut, and just about all of them could do with a bit of salt.

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I don't really do resolutions like "running" or "clean eating," but I do enjoy the "take charge of your life!" energy that each January brings. Instead of harnessing that energy to start a diet, consider making a few resolutions that aim to improve your kitchen and kitchen-related skills.

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Today I'd like to talk to you about the best of warmer weather gimmicks: frozen alcohol. During this time of year, I vacillate wildly between wanting to make and consume all the boozy ice blocks, and railing against the whole genre as a cheap gimmick. ("Just eat a ice blocks and drink a cocktail like an adult," is something I've muttered more than once.)

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A bunch of punch screams "party", but a glass bowl - while very pretty - is not the best choice, thermodynamically speaking, especially if you're serving out of doors. Couple that with ice, which is famously known for melting, and your punch can get warm and watery real fast.

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The weather is heating up already and finding ways to keep cool in the heat is at the forefront of everyone's minds. Food and drink can help to keep you cool during these hot months, including this tip on chilling drinks with melons.

Adding frozen fruit to cocktails to keep them cool is a pretty common practice, but some fruits are simply more chill than others. For fruity cubes that will actually keep your beverage cold for an appreciable amount of time, you want to reach for melon.

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The ability to pay attention to the little things is a quality all truly skilled hosts possess. A little bowl for olive pits, a scented candle in the bathroom, and a chilled cocktail glass all show that you care about your guests' comfort and their overall party experience.

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Savoury cocktails are having a moment, but the fancy concoctions you see in magazines always seem to involve three custom infusions and a hand-crafted garnish. If that's not quite your style, check your fridge — you might already have what you need for complex, savoury adult beverages.

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Video: A bar cart is a deeply personal part of the home, but there are still certain basics you should keep around to make all your favourite classic cocktails. Here we show you the essentials you need to build a functional, adult, properly-stocked cart of booze.

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Gin is kind of having a moment right now. For distilleries, gin is a lot easier to get started with, simply because it doesn’t require barrel ageing. If you’re a new distillery you can distill a gin and start selling it almost immediately, while a new whiskey distillery might have to wait a few years before it has a product to sell.