1. Take a chilled cocktail glass out of the freezer.
  2. In your shaker, pour 2 ounces of vodka, 1/2 ounce Cointreau, 1/3 ounce cranberry juice and a fresh squeezed lime.
  3. Shake. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of lime pressed onto the side of the glass.

When it comes down to it, the key to fabulous bartending is paying attention to details and having a good time.The drink you serve and the manner you serve it in can set the tone for the whole evening: A traditional gin-and-tonic works—it’s a snap to pour some liquor in a glass over some ice and top it off with some tonic—but to leave a lasting impression, serve up a top-notch cocktail guaranteed to add an extra punch to your night.

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