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Cocktail

Cocktail

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Cocktail GarnishingCocktail Garnishing
 
 
Cocktail garnishes are decorative ornaments that add character Cocktail garnishes are decorative ornaments that add character or style to a mixed drink, most notably to cocktails.or style to a mixed drink, most notably to cocktails. A large variety of cocktail garnishes are used. Many rum-basedA large variety of cocktail garnishes are used. Many rum-basedcocktails, especially those with fruit flavors, tend to be decoratedcocktails, especially those with fruit flavors, tend to be decoratedwith tropical-themed garnishes or slices of fruit. Tequila-basedwith tropical-themed garnishes or slices of fruit. Tequila-baseddrinks favor limes and other citrus fruits. Gin- and vodka-baseddrinks favor limes and other citrus fruits. Gin- and vodka-baseddrinks tend toward garnishes with a more dignified flair (olives,drinks tend toward garnishes with a more dignified flair (olives,onions, or possibly a citrus twist or a single maraschino cherry),onions, or possibly a citrus twist or a single maraschino cherry),unless they are variations of a fruity rum-based drink. Whiskey-unless they are variations of a fruity rum-based drink. Whiskey-and brandy-based drinks tend toward minimal garnishment, if and brandy-based drinks tend toward minimal garnishment, if any. Restaurant chains and hotel bars tend to use larger andany. Restaurant chains and hotel bars tend to use larger andmore ostentatious garnishes, and neighborhood bars tend to gomore ostentatious garnishes, and neighborhood bars tend to gothe other extreme.the other extreme.
 
 
1. Obtain the proper garnishing tools. Most1. Obtain the proper garnishing tools. Mostgarnishes can be made with a paring knife,garnishes can be made with a paring knife,but it is helpful to have a channel knifebut it is helpful to have a channel knifetool and a grater. A larger knife may betool and a grater. A larger knife may beneeded if larger fruits are to be prepared,needed if larger fruits are to be prepared,such as oranges and pineapples. Channelsuch as oranges and pineapples. ChannelKnife tools are used to make twists and spiralsKnife tools are used to make twists and spiralsfrom citrus fruits, while a grater enablesfrom citrus fruits, while a grater enablesone to grate ingredients such as chocolateone to grate ingredients such as chocolateand nutmeg fresh right over the cocktail. Aand nutmeg fresh right over the cocktail. Agrater can also be used to grate ingredientsgrater can also be used to grate ingredientsthat are used for rimming glasses. Athat are used for rimming glasses. Acombination of different garnishes can becombination of different garnishes can beused, so have the tools ready for the typesused, so have the tools ready for the typesof garnishes that are to be made.of garnishes that are to be made.
Lemon wedges and wheel, paringLemon wedges and wheel, paringknife, channel knife tool and theknife, channel knife tool and themakings of lemon spirals, darkmakings of lemon spirals, darkchocolate square and microplanechocolate square and microplanegrater grater 

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