Want your party to go down in history? Serve an epic cocktail. But before you pick up that shaker, take a beat. A signature spirit requires some thought. Serve a passé cosmo (not that you would), and you’ll never hear the end of it. Foodies, even the ones you call friends, are very unforgiving. But it's a fine line: Pour too stiff or obscure of a concoction, and you could alienate the thirstiest crowd. Enter Evan Williams, 22, bartending boy wonder at Oakland hotspot, Make Westing. He has three refreshing recipes to help any holiday hostess, whatever her skill level, breeze through cocktail hour with élan.
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