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October 19, 2021

Cocktail Garnishes & Styling

Aren’t we all drawn to a drink that’s beautifully presented? As wedding planners we play hostess often, and that includes serving up some styled cocktails that leave an impression. It’s just in in our nature!

 

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Let’s take a deep dive into the power of the cocktail garnish on a drinking experience and then we’ll share a few different garnish ideas for your next get together.

 

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What is a garnish anyway?

A garnish is defined as a decoration, an embellishment or an accent. They can serve many purposes and can be large, small, edible, or dropped in a drink.

 

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Why Do We Garnish?

Garnishes add visual appeal as well as aromatics and subtle flavors. These small elements can have a big impact on the finished drink.

It might not seem like much, but the way a cocktail is presented to us is a critical component of the drinking experience. It highlights it’s personality.

 

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Types of Garnishes

We like to classify them by basic groups:

 

  • Twists (keep these separate from fruits, because their specific purpose is to add citrus oils)

This is probably the most common. A very simple yet special addition or application of peel and oils which enhances a beverage.

 

  • Fruit – It’s always great to add a fruit flavor for a little sugary bite.

Examples: Citrus Wedges, Cherries, Pineapple Wedges, Melon Balls, Dragon fruit balls, Cucumber Ribbon, Fresh Coconut meat cut into shapes, peach fan, berries skewered, or dried fruits like apricots.

 

  • Leaves- greenery can make a cocktail look light and fresh

Examples: Mint, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Wood Sorrel, Pineapple Leaves, Hibiscus Leaves, Kinome Leaves, Amaranth Leaves.

 

  • Flowers – always do your research here and make sure it’s edible!

Examples: Roses, Orchids, Pansies, Lavender, Dianthus, Carnations, Borage, Herb Blossoms.

 

  • Food – Who doesn’t love a cocktail that comes with a snack, the possibilities are pretty much endless.

Examples: Chocolate spirals, marshmallow, skewers of feta and olives, blue cheese stuffed olives, pickled vegetables, finger foods, freshly grated spices.

 

  • Objects – serve one purpose, adding visual interest

Examples: Paper umbrellas, festive stirrers, origami.

 

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We hope these ideas inspire you to work on your styling skills with a dinner party signature drink in the near future!

 

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Be sure to share your concoctions with us by tagging us on Instagram at @wrightandco. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 

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