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The Art of Cocktail Embellishment - The Garnish
tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2014-04-01 12:24 pm   Permalink

MDM, maybe you should read this:



Amy Stewart also wrote the very good Drunken Botanist.


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CincyTikiCraig
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Posted: 2014-04-01 9:11 pm   Permalink

I mix great cocktails but I've always woefully bad at garnishes. This thread inspired me to try to better my work.

Last weekend's DTB Rum Barrel:



Navy Grog with Ice Cone:



Mai Tai:



Black Magic:



I still have a lot to learn about garnishes and I'm thankful for the help here at TC.

Mahalo,

Craig



 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-04-01 9:34 pm   Permalink

I'm fine - but thanks for playing along

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wizzard419
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Posted: 2014-04-01 11:18 pm   Permalink

I was going to say, that looked like a citrus blossom since the oleanders I have are much flatter in appearance.

If you're feeling minimalistic and want something to garnish with, there is always something like this.



 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-04-16 9:15 pm   Permalink

Saw this online somewhere
So I thought I'd try
Worked great


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-04-17 06:08 am   Permalink

Love it John! Lemon head, what are the eyes and beak made of?

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-04-17 08:06 am   Permalink

Mike
Nose- carrot
Eye- tip of the lime

Next time I'll try a blueberry for the eye



 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2014-04-17 12:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-04-17 08:06, hang10tiki wrote:
Next time I'll try a blueberry for the eye




Slice of black olive also works.

You can use whole cloves and make the parrot look stoned (or dead) and call it a Potted Parrot.


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-04-17 5:35 pm   Permalink




 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-05-03 11:32 pm   Permalink

Could dry ice be considered a "garnish". Seemed perfect for these Lava Flows

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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2014-05-04 10:24 am   Permalink

Not necessarily a garnish, but presentation related; For a while now I had been thinking of getting a VacuVin Pineapple Corer - I got one & put it to work:

The begining:



The end:



Easy peasy


 
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TikiTacky
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Posted: 2014-05-04 10:28 am   Permalink

I bought one of the cheapo brands on Amazon for $7 and was thrilled with how well it worked! I'm sure the VacuVin is even better. If you've never had pineapple this way give it a shot. The trick when buying the pineapple is to make sure that it has a sweet pineapple scent when you sniff it. Unripe pineapple is nasty, and it supposedly won't ripen any more once it's been picked.

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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2014-05-04 11:39 am   Permalink

The VacuVin worked like a charm - it didn't feel particularly robust but I don't think it would break easily either. They do do a metal one.

Another something I tried, flowers carved out of passionfruit shells


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TikiTacky
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Posted: 2014-05-04 11:44 am   Permalink

Now that's some creativity! I dig it. I bet those gave a wonderful smell while imbibing.

 
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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2014-05-04 2:21 pm   Permalink

Making passionfruit flowers was easy (kind of like snowflakes), I used regular scissors & flattened them under a can of beans ~ I have a punch bowl I'm testing out making 'floating' garnishes for.

Cheers TikiTacky


 
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