Cocktail garnishes are decorative ornaments that add character or style to a mixed drink, most notably to cocktails. A large variety of cocktail garnishes are used. Many rum-based cocktails, especially those with fruit flavors, tend to be decorated with tropical-themed garnishes or slices of fruit.
Cocktails can used fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and even inedible garnishes like cocktails umbrellas or toys or fire.
Twists :- Mainly used with Lemons, Limes and Oranges. Its a simple garnish which is easy to make and can be used with basically all the cocktails.
Wedges and Slices :- Mainly used with Lemons, Limes and Oranges. Its a simple garnish which is easy to make and can be used with basically all the cocktails.
Wheels :- Wheels of Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Pineapples, etc are very famously used in many rum-based garnishes. Its easy to prepare but the thickness of a wheel is hard to master. Too thick it might fall off, Too thin it might not set right. These wheels can also be used to float on the cocktail if cut very fine. They can be dried using heat and then coloured with food colour for asthetics.
Swaths :- Very basic, just a peel of the fruit or vegetable to be used. Mainly used in Whisky-based cocktails. These are also used for zests.
Garnish on a Stick :- Toothpicks, stirrers, and other sticks (like sword as shown in pic) can be used for garnishes with fruits, flowers, vegetables, etc. on them.
Garnish inside the glass :- Garnishes can also be placed inside the glass for the increase of flavour in the drink in drinks like Mojito or Gin & tonic.
On the Rim :- Rims are decorated with salt, brown sugar, candy, etc.
Float :- Floating of whipped cream, liqueur or soda is done to show the mastery of layering technique. It looks beautiful isn’t it?
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