How To Garnish Cocktails

The key to great cocktail presentation is knowing how to garnish cocktails. A cocktail garnish can be anything that adds color, flavor or extra flair to your cocktail. There are six kinds of basic cocktail garnish that every bar should have: Cherries, whipped cream, olives, lemons, limes and oranges. Fruit garnishes are reserved for sweet and fruity drinks, while olives are reserved for classic Martinis. Keeping your bar stocked with basic cocktail garnish should never stop you from experimenting with different ways for you to garnish your cocktails. Part of what makes cocktail garnish fun, is that there is only one rule: make sure that your cocktail garnish matches or enhances the flavor or theme of your cocktail. Instead of sticking with fruit, olives and whipped cream, try garnishing your cocktail cinnamon, sugar or candy.

Things you will need to garnish a cocktail:

  • Fruit
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Sugar
  • Toothpick
  • Olives
  • Cocktail onions
  1. Cut the fruit that you are using to garnish your cocktail into small wedges or chunks. Skewer the fruit onto a toothpick. When the fruit is on the toothpick, place it on the rim of your cocktail glass or directly into the cocktail for garnish. Cocktail onions and olives don't need to be cut and can be skewered directly onto a toothpick and put into  your cocktail for garnish. 
  2. Pour a half cup of water into a bowl, and sprinkle a hand full sugar onto a plate. Dip the rim of your cocktail glass into the water. Now dip the wet glass into the sugar. The water will make the sugar stick to the outside of the glass. Providing garnish and sweet ring of flavor to your cocktail. If you're making a spicy drink, try garnishing your cocktail with a cinnamon instead. 
  3. Cut your fruit into slices and put them on top of your cocktail for garnish. When the fruit is sitting on top of the cocktail it soaks up some of the alcohol. Giving your guests a booze filled treat to enjoy when the cocktail is finished. 

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