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Making spirits bright

Making spirits bright

Nothing makes the holidays happier than a good stiff drink. It's even better if it's one that's easy to concoct and uses what's in season. And now that we're just days from turning the corner to 2011, sharing a cocktail or three with friends and family is imperative — in a convivial setting, some mistletoe hanging or even balloons and streamers. (Happy New Year!) Your liquor cabinet Speak-easy trends may celebrate esoteric tinctures or rare liqueurs, but, fortunately, the success of a holiday cocktail doesn't rest on whether you've stocked up on unusual spirits or ingredients. Indonesian batavia arrack isn't necessary. No horehound candy...