(BPT) - Entertaining and socializing have become a bit more challenging these days as society continues to navigate through the pandemic. If COVID-19 is causing you to miss out on regular dining experiences and hanging out with friends, why not explore new ways to have fun out on your patio, deck, porch or yard? It's easy to host a successful — and socially distant — soiree with a few friends or family members, as long as you plan ahead and comply with the group gathering rules set for your community. A great place to start is to stock up your bar cart with all the essential ingredients needed for the perfect cocktail or mocktail.

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