Cocktail garnishing is the practice of decorating or embellishing a mixed drink with various items. Cocktail garnishes can range from simple to elaborate, and often reflect the ingredients used in the cocktail or the theme of the event.
There are many reasons why bartenders garnish cocktails. Cocktail garnishes can add visual appeal, highlight key flavors, or simply indicate what the drink is. For example, a martini is typically garnished with an olive or a lemon twist to add a bit of flavor and aroma.
Here are a few examples of cocktails that are often garnished:
- Margaritas are commonly garnished with a lime wedge
- Daiquiris are often garnished with a cherry
- Pina coladas are usually garnished with a pineapple wedge
- Long island iced teas are sometimes garnished with a lemon slice
And here are some examples of common Garnishes:
- Lemon twists
- Pineapple wedges
- Cocktail onions
- Cocktail picks
- Cocktail umbrellas