Are you a natural entertainer who wants to up their game behind the bar? Do you want to improve your drink-making skills to become the life of the party? Anyone can mix up a cocktail - it’s all about how you serve and present it. After all, what’s a margarita without a salted rim, or a Manhattan without an Amerena cherry?
Keeping cocktail garnish tricks and tips up your sleeve is a simple way to add a party trick to your resume and impress guests at a get-together. Here are some traditional and unique garnishes to add to your home bar or kitchen:
Traditional Cocktail Garnishes
Want to stick to the basics? Keep all of these traditional fancy cocktail garnishes in stock at all times:
Olives on a cocktail pick are necessary when crafting a picture-perfect Dirty Martini. They can also add character to a Bloody Mary at brunch.
Lemons, limes, and oranges all play different roles when making cocktails, but each serve an important purpose as cocktail garnishes! Citrus wedges on the edge of a glass can bring drinks to life. You can also use a vegetable peeler to create a lemon or lime twist with the outer layer of the skin; this is called the flavedo, and it houses a lot of the citrus flavor and natural oils of the fruit.
Cinnamon sticks make great garnishes for sweet drinks year-round, but this garnish is a must during the winter. Cinnamon is such a bold holiday flavor and fragrance, and it can bring out the best in your seasonal cocktail.
Whether you prefer traditional Marachinos or spunky Amerenas, cherries are non-negotiable. These sweet treats are staples in most popular drinks, but they can add a hint of appeal to any cocktail of your choice.
Salted rims are perfect for cutting the sweetness in a sugary drink, especially margaritas. Keep salt on deck in your home bar for rims or a simple sprinkle over your ready-made cocktail.
Creative and Unique Drink Garnishes
Want to make your home bar stand out? Here’s how to make cocktail garnishes that stand out.
Use Edible Flowers
Flowers can add a fun hint of character to your cocktails, but edible floral garnishes go a step further and make it simple to sip and enjoy, no stress.
Switch Salt for Sugar
Just like a salted rim completes a sweet drink, a hint of sugar can mellow down even the strongest of cocktails. Grab some colored sugar to add more pizazz to your drinks around the holidays, or just to make your drinks more fun in general.
Create Decorative Ice Cubes
Traditional ice cubes will keep your drinks cold, but decorative ones can turn you into the life of the party. You can invest in a fun ice cube mold, or simply freeze cubes with fruits, vegetables, herbs or edible flowers. This can add another layer of flavor to your drinks while making them look incredible along the way.
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Creating a memorable bar experience with your friends doesn’t have to involve hours spent downtown at an expensive establishment. With Flighty Premium Mixers, you can concoct a delicious, quality beverage without stepping foot outside of your own kitchen.
You don’t have to have a fully stocked bar to entertain! With simple mixology in mind, we’ve created four different mixers that’ll satisfy everyone’s thirst and flavor palate. Here’s what comes in the variety pack:
- Agave Margarita Mixer.
- Tropical Punch Mixer.
- Prickly Pear Sour Mixer.
- Spicy Pineapple Mixer.
Without the need for fancy bar tools and extra ingredients, all you have to do is add one of the recommended spirits to the fill line of the bottle. From there, you can close the cap and shake it, then pour it over ice or sip it straight out of the bottle. We recommend adding your freshly made cocktail to your favorite rocks glass so you can top it with one of those fun garnishes.Are you ready to make aspicy margarita? Want to sip on sometropical rum punch? Grab ourFlighty Premium Mixer variety pack today to get in on the convenient cocktail crafting.