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Presentation is key when cocktail making and it’s time to get creative and level up your cocktail skills with our advanced garnishing guide. Learn the top tricks to elevate your serves below.

Dehydrated Raspberries

Add a pink burst to your cocktails with dehydrated raspberries, creating a colourful explosion to your cocktails. Dehydrating raspberries are a great way to garnish as they maximise the flavour of the drink, and seen mostly on French Martinis.. Once dehydrated, the raspberries have a longer shelf life and helps to reduce fruit waste. Follow the step by step guide below:

1. Inspect raspberries – remove any berries that may be developing mould

2. Wash – Rinse the raspberries to remove any pesticides.

3. Dry – Gently shake and drain and lay out on towels to allow the water to evaporate.

4. Place – Place the raspberries on the trays ready for the dehydrator.

5. Dehydrate – Dry the fruit in the dehydrator at 125F/52C for around 24-36 hours.

6. Storage – Store raspberries in an airtight container for up to a year.

7. Garnish – Crush the dry raspberries with a muddler until crumbled to fine powder and sprinkle over the cocktail.

Citrus Boat

Be creative and try making a citrus boat with a orange peel. Follow the steps below:

1. Use a peeler to remove a wide, long piece of rind from an orange.

2. Remove the white pith and cut along the sides to create a straight line.

3. Cut the ends into points.

4. From one of the edge points, cut around 2mm into a slight curve stopping in the middle. Repeat on the opposite side.

5. Cut a line down the middle of the peel.

6. Place onto the rim of the glass between the central line. To finish add a dried apricot to place in the middle.

Lime Flower

Take your cutting skills to the next level and create a beautiful lime flower to transform your cocktail giving it that ‘wow’ factor. Follow the step by step guide below:

1. Firstly, cut a lime in half.

2. Cut 8 cross-sections along the top as reference.

3. Cut into angles between the reference lines, removing each triangular segment.

4. Place the flower into the middle of the drink.


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