3 Bartender-Approved Ways to Garnish Cocktails
These quick finishes make cocktails even better.
A New Twist
Grab some mini cutters (sometimes labeled vegetable cutters) and get crafty with that citrus zest! Using a paring knife, slice off a wide swath of peel, then stamp out some shapes. Slip the zest into your drink; use the cute cutouts as a cheese-platter garnish.
Make Your Mark
With a small knife (a utility knife works well), cut out a simple shape in the center of a plastic deli lid to make a stencil. Place the lid over your drink, then dust with confectioners' sugar mixed with cinnamon, cocoa powder, or nutmeg, if you're serving eggnog.
Olives and pickled onions are a classic martini garnish, but caper berries, the pickled fruit of the caper plant that's about the size of a large olive, are a swanky holiday upgrade. Look for them near the pickles and olives, or order them online.
This article originally appeared in our Holiday 2020 issue. Get the magazine here.