He's seen an uptick in savory garnishes, including herbs, oils and vegetables such as radishes and green peas.
Over-the-top, yet whimsical garnishes are really popular right now," says James.
For one thing, you'll need a good peeler to create gorgeous garnishes.
A channel knife, one with a deep V-shaped cut blade, is great for making attractive peel garnishes.
Similarly, a Mesquite-Grilled Pineapple Margarita contrasts the grilled fruit muddled in the glass with a fresh slice of pineapple as a garnish and the glass is rimmed with a chile pequin-salt-In development now, says Ortiz, are also fruit garnishes made with chile pequin to enhance its flavors--a technique borrowed from Mexican cuisine.
Cocktails have been getting more culinary over the past five or six years and garnishes add another dimension where you can be creative," posits Frankel.
Her new book, Market-Fresh Mixology: Cocktails for Every Season (Agate Surrey 2008), champions the fresh approach with simple summery garnishes
such as a wedge of watermelon, a cherry tomato or a husked gooseberry.
And now, at the height of the cocktail craze, so very much is happening in the glass that it's imperative that produce garnishes
be worthy cocktail accompaniments.
Other fruits are great fodder for cocktail garnishes
Savvy operators know they can create a niche with creative cocktail garnishes
that catch the eye and tickle the taste buds.
also differ, with pastry chefs adding their own variations on the theme, ranging from chantilly creme to whipped cream to chocolate sauce to various flavors of ice cream, to fresh raspberries, raspberry coulis and tuile cookies of various shapes.
Fresh cilantro leaves and/or cucumber shreds are good garnishes
He grills marinated chicken breast, then garnishes
it with smoked bacon and Herkimer Cheddar.
His presentations are splashy, dramatic and fun - served on large, colorful glass plates with garnishes
such as fried plantain strips, toast triangles, cool salsas or squiggles of hot sauces such as chipotle ketchup.
I put fresh herb stems as garnishes
in flower arrangements to add fragrance.