Prep for citrus garnishes: Cut both ends off of the lemon or lime, then make one slice across the fruit. Starting at the slice, remove the peel in one piece. Roll up the peel, tie in place with string and let it sit in water for a few hours or overnight.
For a citrus peel lollipop, just cut a thin slice off your prepared citrus peel and insert a toothpick down the center. It's a whimsical addition to a drink. We paired it with a cosmopolitan.
For a citrus knot: Cut a slice off your prepared citrus peel and tie in a basic knot. Because the citrus peel was curled, the curls on the end of your knot will remain in place, making it easy to hang over the edge of a martini glass.
Ice cube garnishes can be made well in advance and add a vibrant splash of color. This garnish works best with a drink that's nearly crystal clear. Take an empty ice cube tray and add two raspberries and one to two mint leaves to each space. Add water, freeze and you've got an eye-catching, colorful and refreshing flavor addition.
Make a margarita even more flavorful with cucumber basil ice cubes. Puree a medium-sized cucumber and mix in 10 sliced basil leaves. Divide into in ice cube tray, freeze, and add to cocktail in place of regular ice cubes.
Put one teaspoon of mango juice in each section of the ice cube tray and freeze. Repeat with pineapple, coconut milk, pineapple again, then mango again.
These ice cubes are quick and easy to add color and flavor to a drink. Get your drink even quicker by pouring a ready-to-drink cocktail over ice.
Make your hors d'oeuvres into a garnish. Watermelon, feta and basil pair perfectly with a citrus cocktail. Cut watermelon and feta into small squares and layer with a piece of basil on top. Hold in place with a toothpick.
A cookie and Cosmopolitan is the ultimate indulgence. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, but cut a small wedge out of each cookie before baking. The notch will make it easy to rest a cookie on the rim of each glass. It's oh-so-sweet and pretty to boot.
A margarita that comes with a spicy grilled cheese sandwich? Yes, please! Preheat a panini press or a skillet. Melt a handful of Mexican-blend cheese with salsa on generously buttered bread. Grill until lightly browned and cheese is melted. Allow to cool completely. Cut into small squares, put a couple of squares on a skewer, and balance the skewer on the rim of a glass.
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