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Culinary Resolutions, Week 5: Master the Home Bar

We're more than halfway through our brand-new series, Six Weeks of Culinary Resolutions, wherein we vow to tackle a different gastronomic goal each week.

Ever wish you could be better at making cocktails in the comfort of your own home? Then you're in luck, because it's week five, and we're going to show you how to master the home bar. Stay tuned all week for stories on everything from home-bar essentials to the basics of rum to essential drink recipes worth learning.

Got any special requests for us? Be sure to leave them in our comments below.

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 3 years
aikaterini, we love the Ginger Fizz as it doesn't have too much sugar (or any dairy): http://www.yumsugar.com/Healthy-Spa-Cocktail-Recipe-Ginger-Fizz-13079072 If you can't take any sugar, I'd recommend subbing that amount with Stevia or another sweetener like honey. Hope this helps!
aikaterini aikaterini 3 years
I'm lactose intolerant ...I can't digest suger or sugery drinks well....I'm a big fan of fresh ginger and fresh lemon combined....Is it possible to create something with these products?.....It would help me enjoy a drink here and there!.....
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