To Have on Hand for Your Afterparty

Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of bubbly now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:

Cris Dehlavi of M Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, recommends Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine made using the same method as its French counterpart (Champagne). This brut (not sweet) reserva cava offers delicious flavors of cool crisp apple, toasted nuts, and citrus, has delightfully tiny bubbles, and is affordable and readily available to boot.

Michael "Champagne Jesus" Seward of Chicago's Pops for Champagne recommends Moët Rosé Impérial for its bouquet of wild red fruits, which he says will mesh elegantly with this box's seasonal flavors. This bright and full-bodied rosé Champagne will whisk you away to the vineyards of France with its bold fruitiness and daring character (at least in spirit).

Pamela Wiznitzer— National President of the United States Bartender Guild and creative director of Seamstress in Manhattan—suggests Ruffino Prosecco, a fragrant Italian sparkling wine that's fresh, crisp, clean, and vibrant, yet delicate with fine bubbles and bright straw-yellow coloring. With a great flavor profile and wide availability, Pam says it's a great choice because "it works beautifully in cocktails and also won't break the bank!"

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you will need 25 oz of bubbly; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.

Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 3/4, 1, and 2 oz, as well as a shaker, strainer, bar spoon, and citrus reamer or juicer. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.

Recommended glassware: Coupe, flute, and rocks glass

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you will need about 2 pounds of ice (2 ice trays’ worth).

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