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Cocktail Garnish and Embellishments Guide

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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.

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Basic Garnishing Tools

If you're looking for ways to garnish cocktails, we have the tools!

Presentation is everything! We carry everything you need to create simple garnishes to everything needed for classy sophisticated garnishes. Up your liquor sells by sending out beautifully decorated cocktails that every customer will see and want to order as well.

Fruit Zester

Get extreme fruit flavor.

A fruit zester is used primarily to remove the peel easily from citrus fruit and sometimes vegetables. Since extreme flavor is packed into the skin of the fruit, this can really amp up your drink's flavor. We carry two types, the grater or the regular fruit zester! Spark any ideas, maybe lemon zest in a lemon drop martini?

Lemon Lime Peeler

Serve it with a twists!

Get attractive garnishes for martinis, fruity cocktails, or even add a hint of flavor to a beer. This tool is so simple to use, all you need to do is hold it by the wooden handle, apply the peeler blade down against the fruit's skin and turn the fruit in a circular fashion. The peeler will produce a beautiful spiral that will beautifully accent your cocktail and give it a zesty aroma.

Olivator Olive Stuffer

Make little tasks simpler!

How can your customers resist blue cheese stuffed olives? The perfect addition to a dirty martini. This little tool will make stuffing olives a breeze.

Parasol Umbrella Drink Picks

Make drinks a little more fun!

What is a tropical cocktail without a little umbrella for garnish? A Pina Colada, Mai Tai, or hurricane just isn't complete until it is topped off with this embellishment. Stock up your tiki bar today, especially since we offer these at a great price.

Fruit Knife with Fork Tip

Two tools in one.

Cut your fruit and pick it up sanitarily with this bar tool. This quality knife with stainless steel blade is just the right size for cutting fruit into wedges, half-moons, or wheels. This tool is great for small jobs, but if you have larger jobs to do you might want to try the 9" Offset Serrated Knife.

Wide Citrus Peeler/Zester

Not just for peeling potatoes anymore.

If you would like more flavorful citrus oils add to your cocktails, then wider zests are the answer. This tools allows you to make long and wide spirals for a Crusta or peel the entire fruit into a spiral to make a Horse's Neck! Lighting the peels on fire looks amazing and brings out even more flavor from the oil(proceed with much caution if you do try this and never leave it burning too long you don't want to injure anyone, it is also wise to be trained by a professional before trying).

Garnish Condiment Holder

All-in-one garnish storing solution.

Now that you have cut all of those beautiful garnishes, you'll need a place to store them so they'll stay nice and fresh and ready to use! This garnish center not only holds fruit, but has room for ice at the bottom. It also has snap on side caddies perfect for holding straws, cocktail picks, umbrella parasols, or any other embellishments.

Dessert Whips

A little extra goes a long way!

Fresh whipped cream is the perfect touch on top of a frozen or hot cocktail. Plus the dessert whip is is all natural and stays fresh with no preservatives in the refrigerator for up to 10 days! Add a splash of green creme de menthe to a Irish coffee topped with whipped cream that your guests will love!
Garnish Kits already put together
We love these great tool rolls and hope they make your garnishing a breeze!
We have put together two collections of garnishing tool kits to make your life even easier. Plus they come in a handy little bag that is perfect for carrying with you anywhere!

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.
Tips and Terms for Beginners
Everyone has to start somewhere, here are some tips to help you create drinks like a pro!

Determine what you need.
The best garnishes compliment a cocktail and not only make it look better, but make it taste 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.
fruit wedges

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.
half-moon style fruit cut

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.
fruit wheels

Endless options for Bars that require high volume garnishes
If your wait staff needs to make tons of garnishes for your demanding clientele, check out these tools!
We carry tons of slicer options to make your life easier. The popular Multi Function Slicer, is simple to use and will have your fruit cut in no time. Your wait staff will thank you for the time that they will save from cutting each piece of fruit by hand.

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