6 Essential Tools for Your Home Bar, According to a Pro — Shopping

“Having the right bar tools isn’t about being fancy-shmancy,” says Elliott Clark, the mastermind behind Apartment Bartender. “It’s about making your life a whole lot easier during the drink-building process.”

Here are the five tools Elliott says you shouldn’t be without if you plan on mixing up a cocktail or three at home.

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This Is the Most Popular Margarita Recipe on Pinterest — On Trend

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People have very strong opinions on what should be in a margarita. I remember when our editor Faith Durand suggested a couple years ago that you shouldn’t be adding orange liqueur to your margarita, and the comments section got pretty ugly. Yes, traditional margarita recipes generally just have three things: tequila, triple sec, and lime. But don’t let the haters get in the way of making your version of the classic.

If you’re ready to switch things up a little this summer, I have just the drink for you. I’ve found the most popular margarita recipe on Pinterest, and it’s definitely not traditional.

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10 Easy Ways to Get Chicken on the Table with Your Instant Pot — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Not only has my Instant Pot upped my meal prep routine, but this handy appliance has also been a game-changer on chicken-for-dinner night. Operating as an electric pressure cooker and slow cooker in one, it comes with the potential to speed up dinner, tackle still-frozen meat, and really take charge of the heavy lifting for getting dinner on the table. From weeknight chicken tikka masala to quick cacciatore to slow-simmered soups, here are 10 ways your Instant Pot makes tonight’s chicken dinner even easier.

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How To Make Chicken Parmesan — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken Parmesan only needs a few things to go from great to excellent — perfectly golden and still juicy chicken is chief among them. Master pounding chicken breast into even pieces, coating them well, and then frying until crisp and cooked through first. The other steps — covering with sauce and cheese — will come easily and only improve the already stand-out chicken. So if you’re looking to master this classic, this recipe will show you how, and it starts with the chicken.

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Our Best Tips for Throwing an Awesome Celebration for Drinkers and Non-Drinkers — Sober Celebration

When you think of a celebration, you might automatically think of Champagne. And, to you, a Saturday night gathering among friends may seem incomplete without several bottles of wine.

But only 56 percent of people reported that they drank in the past month, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That leaves plenty of people who didn’t have a sip of booze.

Our point? One can cheers to something or enjoy the weekend without booze. Here are some tips for making the night fun for drinkers and non-drinkers alike — whether you’re throwing the party or going to one.

Related: 24 Things to Do with Friends — Besides Hitting a Bar

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