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8 Ways to Design A Cocktail Hour

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From editor-approved tabletop vignettes to homeowners' best cocktail recipes, here's a toast to design under the influence.
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  How to throw a great party in six easy steps, plus, a recipe for a garden-fresh Gimlet from the homeowners of this indoor/outdoor modern abode in Los Angeles.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner

    How to throw a great party in six easy steps, plus, a recipe for a garden-fresh Gimlet from the homeowners of this indoor/outdoor modern abode in Los Angeles.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  This home in Borrego Springs, California, was renowned for parties thrown by the original owner and architect. Get-togethers are slightly more tame these days, but Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton haven't entirely abandoned the canapés, crooners, and cocktails. Here's one of their recipes to consider:The Borrego Blue¾ oz. gin3 tbsp. grapefruit juice 1 tbsp. Blue CuraçaoIn a cocktail shaker, shake with ice, then strain into chilled cocktail glass.Photo by JUCO.  Photo by: JUCO

    This home in Borrego Springs, California, was renowned for parties thrown by the original owner and architect. Get-togethers are slightly more tame these days, but Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton haven't entirely abandoned the canapés, crooners, and cocktails. Here's one of their recipes to consider:

    The Borrego Blue
    ¾ oz. gin
    3 tbsp. grapefruit juice 
    1 tbsp. Blue Curaçao

    In a cocktail shaker, shake with ice, then strain into chilled cocktail glass.

    Photo by JUCO.

    Photo by: JUCO

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  Heath Ceramics wades outside of its pottery catalog with this chic, winter-appropriate cocktail set that includes a walnut tray, glasses, napkins, a bottle opener, and more.

    Heath Ceramics wades outside of its pottery catalog with this chic, winter-appropriate cocktail set that includes a walnut tray, glasses, napkins, a bottle opener, and more.

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  No matter your style of drinking (wine, cocktails, tea), we've got the tabletop goods to suit any modern home.   Photo by: Spencer Higgins

    No matter your style of drinking (wine, cocktails, tea), we've got the tabletop goods to suit any modern home. 

    Photo by: Spencer Higgins

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  The owner of this renovated, mid-century home in the Bay Area designed the wet bar to meld seamlessly with the modular shelving that encircles the kitchen. Photo by: Misha Gravenor.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    The owner of this renovated, mid-century home in the Bay Area designed the wet bar to meld seamlessly with the modular shelving that encircles the kitchen. Photo by: Misha Gravenor.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  Some of our favorite new barware comes from Provisions, the online shopping offshoot of foodie website Food52. This Japanese-made gold jigger adds a bit of bling to the drink-slinging process.  Photo by: James RansomCourtesy of: James Ransom / Provisions

    Some of our favorite new barware comes from Provisions, the online shopping offshoot of foodie website Food52. This Japanese-made gold jigger adds a bit of bling to the drink-slinging process.

    Photo by: James Ransom

    Courtesy of: James Ransom / Provisions

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  Delve into the art of mixing elegant, vintage, and crowd-impressing cocktails. A must to keep behind any bar! From Assouline, $50.

    Delve into the art of mixing elegant, vintage, and crowd-impressing cocktails. A must to keep behind any bar! From Assouline, $50.

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  We made this playlist for Labor Day 2012, but its cocktail party vibe still stands today. Turn it up, and get down. Happy weekend!

    We made this playlist for Labor Day 2012, but its cocktail party vibe still stands today. Turn it up, and get down. Happy weekend!

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