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Cocktail garnishes can be anything like fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, or objects. One of the key factors that can make a drink unique and appealing is the visual aspect. Garnishes are used to meet this requirement.
Cocktail Garnishing Techniques
This is the easiest way to garnish a drink. Just cut a wedge from your fruit and add a slit with your knife. Insert it to the rim of your glass using the slit and enjoy. If you’re using a citrus wedge, squeeze the juices onto the drink.
Peel a thin piece of rind from your citrus fruit. You can use a small knife or channeling knife to create the peel. Twist the peel around using a swizzle stick or straw to create a lovely spring, and hang it on the rim.
Peel a wide piece of rind from your fruit and twist to express the oils into the drink. Place the peel inside the drink, and that will add a bit of color to your clear cocktail.
For this technique, you’ll need a cocktail stick to make the garnish. Take a thin slice of citrus and pierce the edge, add the cherry, and pierce the other end of the citrus. You can have this garnish floating above the cocktail or dipped in the drink to soak.
You can use a salt/sugar rimmer or the old technique. For the old method, rub lime or honey around the outside rim of the glass and rub the coated part with salt or sugar.
This requires some preparation compared to the other drinks. Cut thin slices of apple for the petals and coat them in salt. The salt will draw out the moisture and slow down the browning process.
Wash the salt off with warm water and line the slices straight, with each end overlapping the next slice. Roll the pieces together and use a toothpick to hold the flower in place.