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The Art of Cocktail Embellishment - The Garnish
hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2015-07-09 10:46 am   Permalink


After all this talk about pineapple slicers I found this at the 99 c store. Haven't tried yet.









 
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2015-07-09 12:13 pm   Permalink

Damn, I just ordered the $10 plastic Vacuvin one off Amazon last night. Didn't think to check the dollar store! Oh well, mine comes with three different size attachments which should come in handy. My previous one only had one size and often times a lot of "meat" would be left inside a fatter pineapple when I go to pull it out.

 
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El Jefe
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From: The Third Coast
Posted: 2015-07-09 3:52 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-07-09 10:46, hiltiki wrote:

After all this talk about pineapple slicers I found this at the 99 c store. Haven't tried yet.











Wow. That's looks just like the OXO brand one I bought last year for $20.


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2015-09-16 01:07 am   Permalink

Maybe this is too avant garde for tiki drinks but still very cool (pun intended ) Saw it in a YouTube video and had to try it out myself (these pics are from the YouTube video)

91% rubbing alcohol is placed in an insulated container and dry ice added. After a few minutes the alcohol starts to thicken a bit and reaches a temperature of -107F


Rinse the inside of balloons to rid them of talc. Your drink of choice is placed in a sport top water bottle and squeezed into the balloon, the balloon is tied off.


The filled balloon is placed in the cooling bath. BE SURE NOT TO SPLASH YOURSELF! The alcohol is VERY cold and will stick to you like napalm. The video states it will take "about a minute" but that wasn't my experience. Non alcoholic fruit juice took about 2-3 minutes and the pre-made Margaritas I had laying around took about 10 minutes. I just placed the balloons in the solution and fished them out by the "tail" with tongs. You can gently squeeze it to see how firm the shell is.


Dry off the alcohol with a towel and cut the balloon off with a sharp blade or scissors


Place the sphere in a glass, poke a straw in it, and enjoy. The center remains liquid



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Kahiki Guy
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Posted: 2015-09-16 04:49 am   Permalink

I saw that video the other day as well. I immediately started wondering how I could incorporate it into some of my cocktails. I'm thinking perhaps a painkiller or something with lots of juices in it could potentially be turned into the cocktail ice ball. With Halloween coming up, I'll be purchasing a bit of dry ice, so I'll have to give it a try and post my results.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2015-09-16 05:57 am   Permalink

I used a couple of pounds of dry ice and a couple quarts of alcohol - total about $8
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Kahiki Guy
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Posted: 2015-09-16 09:44 am   Permalink

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On 2015-09-16 05:57, MadDogMike wrote:
I used a couple of pounds of dry ice and a couple quarts of alcohol - total about $8




Sounds good...Mahalo!
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AdOrAdam
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From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2015-09-21 12:38 pm   Permalink

Frozen balls in your drink?!

Here's one I've come up with:

I brought a twig of fake orchids, cut the flowers off (leaving a short stem) & inserted the remaining short stem into a straw that was cut to the required length:



I popped one in my Mai Tai & voila; there's an orchid in my Mai Tai




 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2015-09-21 1:27 pm   Permalink

Nice idea! This is how you handle a situation where you invite people over spur-of-the-moment and don't have time to run out and get fresh garnishes. You just gotta keep the garnishes squeaky clean and appealing, or use fresh ones every time.

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2016-01-01 11:20 am   Permalink

Star Fruit or Carambola makes a quick and exotic tropical garnish



 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2016-04-19 1:47 pm   Permalink

I'm sharing that this device is out there for anyone who owns one of those fancy-schmancy tabletop mixers. Not sure how well it works, especially for hard-skinned limes and lemons. But if it does, COOL! It's widely available for about $100, but only as an attachment to the tabletop mixer.



I know one of these mixers is showing up at my home in the not too distant future, so I may be tempted to get the dang thing soon thereafter. We'll see... Can't say I'd buy it unless I knew specifically ahead of time that it would work decently well with citrus fruits.


 
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JenTiki
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Posted: 2016-04-19 2:41 pm   Permalink

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Can't say I'd buy it unless I knew specifically ahead of time that it would work decently well with citrus fruits.



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TikiHardBop
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From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2016-04-19 3:44 pm   Permalink

Unless you need like a mile of them, you can usually get by with a hand tool. We have a Straw Hat barman that can do a pretty good job getting quite a bit of mileage out of a single fruit:



 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2016-04-20 08:13 am   Permalink

Yup, in other words, a big (and expensive) hammer for a small nail.

Sure could help if you had a big event.


 
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2016-06-09 1:23 pm   Permalink

Fun and informative video about Lost Lake's garnishes as told and demonstrated by Paul and Shelby:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNv8hN1NA_I

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