5 Great Ways to Update Your Bar

Every hour is happy hour at the beach. Here's how to get a stylish setup so you can mix, shake, and serve at home.

2. Shake things up.
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2. Shake things up.

Don’t worry if the most complex drink in your repertoire is a vodka tonic. Become a master mixologist with a curated cocktail book. Make sure you have plenty of mixers and a variety of liquor on hand so you can try them all—from an elegant Moscow mule to the classic frosty margarita. The options are endless!

Buy it: The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes that Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast, $19.95; chroniclebooks.com

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