As we hope we’ve illustrated thus far, you can toast any occasion by raising a glass to an inspirational woman. There are times, however, that call for a cocktail with certain utility, and that’s what the recipes in this chapter are for. Having a friend or twenty over but still looking to serve great drinks? What could provide a warmer welcome than a brimming bowl of punch? Punch is an easy vehicle for providing perfectly balanced tipples for a crowd without having to miss your own party.

Should that party have a flexible start time and no defined end time, a low-alcohol tipple may be just what you need to work the room from start to finish. These drinks are modern takes on a classic concept, but you ...

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