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Holiday Food & Drink Special 2014

Hot buttered rum

David Hawe

You’ve shaken off the snow, kicked off your boots and stripped off the layers. What you need now is a drink – a hot one. Warm up with these scrumptious warm beverages dreamed up by NOW's drinks expert. more

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Frugal feast

Michael Watier

Chances are you’ll be blowing your budget on presents and booze, so we asked four caterers to use dirt-cheap ingredients to make delicious party treats that’ll inspire you to get creative in the kitchen this season. more

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Potluck

Illustration by Clayton Hanmer

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Gift basket

David Hawe

Here’s what usually happens when someone gets a gift basket: initial ­excitement followed by mild disappointment; contents divided among friends; recipient keeps one or two things. Here’s how to avoid that by assembling your own. more

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A punch bowl brings people together – it’s like a spiked version of the office water cooler, except much more fun and delicious. Over the brimming bowl, stories are shared, jokes cracked, songs belted, drinks sloshed, bonds formed and strengthened. more

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Why recycle last year’s playlist? Here are the best party-starting tunes to emerge from 2014 thus far. more

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You never disappoint when you give the gift of booze. Cross these gift packs off your holiday shopping list and grab one for yourself as a reward for nailing festive efficiency. more

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Mini kimchi meatball subs

Michael Watier

There’s no shame in ­serving ready-made foods, especially if it saves you time and headaches at the party. Jazz up prepared snacks and sauces with just three ­ingredients. more

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Holiday Food & Drink Special

David Hawe

Time to stock the bar, cook up tasty snacks and make the playlist. Don’t want to break the bank? We’ve got potluck tips and apps chefs made from wallet-friendly ingredients. Plus, hot drinks to keep you warm and more. more

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Socially responsible kitchen bakes up a seasonal pie more

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David Laurence

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Bring on the sounds more

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Here are some easy-on-the-wallet vintages for your grape-loving guests more

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How do I make it? more

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Local lights give us the lowdown on their poison of chouce more

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David Hawe

Beer is definitely not just a summer sip. In fact, local breweries love their seasonal suds, creating tasty winter releases over the next few months. Here are our picks of the pack. more

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Need a cocktail app? more

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Unless your guests like to drink everything straight up, you need some basic mixes to complete your bar. more

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David Hawe

Total $302. Not bad for a quality home bar. more

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