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How to Make a Heart Cocktail Garnish
Google “Valentine’s Day cocktails” and you’ll see an avalanche of pink and red, complete with rose petal and candy garnishes. Nothing wrong with that — we like fun too! That said, sometimes a classic cocktail like a Martinez or Bee’s Knees (both pictured here) is all you need to round out the perfect evening with your favorite person.
Of course, the first thing Very Serious Cocktail People might point out is that a citrus peel garnish is so much more than looks. Proper garnish technique expels a fragrant cloud of essential citrus oils from the zest, adding a final touch of flavor and aroma that rounds out drinks and tickles the senses. Since we’re getting a little fussy with these drinks anyway, there’s no reason not to expel oils over the drink as usual, then, instead of dropping the twist into the drink, topping it off with a relentlessly Valentine’s-appropriate garnish instead. The best of both worlds never looked so good.
To Make a Heart-Shaped Cocktail Garnish:
- Use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to peel a large strip of orange, lemon, or grapefruit peel.
- Trim the edges with a small sharp knife to make a long rectangle.
- Starting 1/2 an inch away from the edge, cut a long slit down the middle, all the way through the other edge.
- Shape into a heart — the intact end should be the point of the heart, and the loose ends should come together in the middle. You may need to trim the loose ends to get the shape and size you want.
- Use a cocktail pick to pierce through the sides and middle of your garnish, about 2/3 of the way down.
- Stir or shake up your beverage, expel oils with a standard twist if you’d like, and garnish away!
-Danguole Lekaviciute, Aviation Team Member
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