One of the most maligned garnishes is the maraschino cherry.
An important part of the modern bar repertoire, cocktail garnishes deserve as much thought and care as the cocktail itself.
Restaurant and bar operations of all types and sizes have seized upon the idea of creating unique garnishes for their cocktails.
DeGroff reports that he has been asked to garnish the cocktail with oysters and clams, while Steve Montgomery, owner of Starboard in Dewey Beach, DE, says of the garnishes on his Bloody bar, "People throw it all in.
Unlike the dark days of cocktails, when puny, half-dried-out lemon slices or bright red, artificially flavored cherries ruled the condiment tray, today's garnishes are an integral part of a great drink.
He's seen an uptick in savory garnishes, including herbs, oils and vegetables such as radishes and green peas.
In the session "Sexxy Dranks" at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, Hartai explained how the right techniques and tools can help you improve your garnishes
Some of these garnishes
are simply beyond eye candy.
But that's easy to accomplish with garnishes
that complement the food without much effort or time.
The first garnishes
could have been the flowers that Romans floated atop their wine, or maybe the pieces of spiced toast drifting in punches during the 17th century.
Go all out with the paper parasols, plastic monkeys and fruit garnishes
on this one.
If you don't add the tortillas and garnishes
or condiments, you can prepare the soup a day or two in advance and keep refrigerated or freeze for later use.
Seger works closely with the kitchen not only to source products, but also to add that chef's touch to each of his cocktails; garnishes
that have been found on his drinks include fresh strawberries, sugarcane, candied ginger, basil on the twig and the combo of homegrown mint and fresh blueberries.
Then feel free to improvise and change the spices, flavors or garnishes
according to your tastes.
Whether simple and understated, or spicy and daring, with a little planning, produce garnishes
can say a lot about the drink and the establishment.