Cocktail Garnish and Embellishments Guide
It is strongly believed by many psychologists that visual presentation of food and beverage plays a large role in our liking or disliking a food dish or cocktail. Plus, cocktails look so much more professional and impressive served along with a beautiful garnish. A simple recipe can be made to look extravagant with the right embellishments! Choose between using wedges, wheels, half-moons, stuffed olives, cherries, or whipped cream to perfectly compliment your particular cocktail.
Get extreme fruit flavor.
Lemon Lime Peeler
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Olivator Olive Stuffer
Make little tasks simpler!
Parasol Umbrella Drink Picks
Make drinks a little more fun!
Fruit Knife with Fork Tip
Two tools in one.
Wide Citrus Peeler/Zester
Not just for peeling potatoes anymore.
Garnish Condiment Holder
All-in-one garnish storing solution.
A little extra goes a long way!
Choose between the 7 piece garnish tool roll or the 8 piece garnish tool roll! Both are great for keeping you organized and making beautiful cocktail garnishes, just choose which set is right for you.
Determine what you need.
The best garnishes compliment a cocktail and not only make it look better, but make it tastes better as well. Try to stick with a fruit or vegetable garnish that is already an ingredient in your cocktail. For example, a lime for a margarita, an olive for a dirty martini, or a pineapple for a pina colada. Sometimes you don't have the fruit that is in your cocktail, so in that case, just go with something that would best compliment your particular drink. (A cherry is always a great go to for any fruity concoction.)
Practice makes perfect.
The more you understand the flavors of each liquor or mixer that you use, the easier it will be to determine the proper garnish. This takes time to learn especially since there are lots of exceptions to the rules, like manhattans are always served with a cherry, and dry martinis can be served with a twists, olives, or even cocktail onions. The safest bet is to cut a slit in the fruit and serve it on the side of the glass if you are not sure.
Different glasses require different garnish types
Different types of glassware require different types of garnishes. There are countless ways that you can cut your fruit to match your particular glass. More delicate garnishes such as twists are perfect for a martini glass, while a lime wedge would be more appropriate served on the side of a mixing glass.
Classic Cherry Garnish.
When you have no time to cut fruit, the classic Maraschino Cherries are a great fall-back plan! Delicious, easy and practical. We don't suggest for everything, for example don't ruin a fine scotch or cordial (your customers might not be too happy if you place a cherry in their expensive liquor).
Keep an eye on trends!
There are so many new and creative drink and shot recipes, it can be hard to keep up with them all. Stock your bar with the essential fruit items like limes, lemons, oranges, pineapples, olives, and cherries, then decide what kind of specialty drinks you would like to offer and the possibilities are endless. Bartenders are using everything from shrimp to garnish bloody marys to cucumbers to garnish martinis. Get fun and creative, we would love to hear your suggestions on Facebook!
Steps for creating simple wedges
To create a wedge you can either cut by hand or use a citrus slicer, it is really up to you. Either way though, we suggest you cut a slit in the middle of the fruit so it easily can rests on the side of the glass.
Steps for creating half-moon slices
Creating half-moon slices are simple, classic, and just look nice. First, grab a cutting board and a knife of your choice. Cut the both ends off to the pulp of the fruit. Next, cut the fruit in half lengthwise. Place the fruit rind side down and cut a slit down the center white line that is naturally in the fruit, but don't cut through the rind. Finally, turn the lime rind side up and cut each half into sections. Usually you can get 3-4 nice sized pieces out of each side.
Steps for creating wheel slices
Creating a wheel slice gives the customer a chance to get more juice out of their garnish and makes a big visual impact when served with a drink. Again, grab a cutting board and a knife of your choice. After cutting the ends off, cut the lime about 1/8 inch thick crosswise. Start in the center and cut a slit outward towards the rind of the fruit. This garnish can be added to the side of the glass or floated directly on top of your cocktail.