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Ocean Spray – Garnish Ideas

A garnish can turn a simple drink into a cocktail experience.  With the availability of fruits and herbs from around the world, the possibilities are endless.

Garnish Ideas

Fruits – Citrus

Twists, wheels, half wheels, wedges – citrus doesn’t have to be boring ~ zest it up!

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Clementines
  • Blood Oranges
  • kumquats
  • Tangerines
  • Mandarins

Make a striped wedge by zesting around a lemon in strips, them cut the fruit into 1/8 wedges.

Make a burnt orange twist ~ using a sharp knife, cut a thin, oval shape twist (3/4 inch x 1 ½ inch).  Hold the orange piece between thumb and forefinger, skin side facing down over top of the drink.  Hold a lit match or lighter between the twist and the drink.  Squeeze the orange towards the flame; the oils from the skin will spark as they pass through the flame, adding aroma and fruit essence to the drink.

Fruits – Berries

Skewer them, freeze them in ice cubes, or just toss them in ~ fresh or frozen berries are always a treat!

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries

Fruits – Standard

You see them every day at the grocery store ~ now add them to your glass.  Slice them and dice them ~ healthy, edible garnishes add wow! to your cocktail!

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Canteloupe
  • Kiwis
  • Peaches

Fruits – Exotic

Amaze your guests with a visually stimulating, exotic garnish.

  • Coconuts
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Figs
  • Guava
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Passionfruit
  • Papaya
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Starfruit
  • Persimmon

Herbes & Spices

Aromatic and unique, herbs & spices can be crushed into a drink, or used as a garnish that tickles your senses.

  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Thai basil
  • Rosemary
  • Edible Flowers
  • Coriander
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Chili Peppers
  • Peppercorns
  • Ginger
  • Lime Leaves

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