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How To Sweeten Your Cocktails

Posted: 12/02/11 08:41 AM ET

The oldest definition that anyone has found for the term "cocktail" describes a drink with exactly four ingredients: A spirit (of course), water, bitters and sugar.

Now, we're sure you're familiar with water. And our Spirits 101 articles will give you the basics on liquors of all kinds. Plus, whether you want to buy artisanal bitters or make them yourself, we've got you covered.

So today we're talking about sweeteners. While sugar or simple syrup may be the standard, cocktails now incorporate a wide range of sweet flavors. Read on for our advice, plus plenty of recipes.

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Honey is actually humanity's oldest drink-sweetener: People were turning it into mead nearly 10,000 years ago. It adds intriguing floral and fruity notes to the rich Zacapa Perfect Manhattan (pictured), the decadent Lavender Honey Cream or the refreshing Fresh Berry Delicious.
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