Good cocktails taste good, great cocktails taste good and look good. Need to know how to make your drinks more Instagrammable? Our team can help perfect your cocktail presentation with colorful liqueurs, unique garnishes, and fun glassware. Take a look below for tips to get your cocktails ready for the Gram.
Colors in Cocktails
The easiest way to elevate your cocktail presentation is with bright and bold, layered colors.
- Choosing layering ingredients – select ingredients with different densities to ensure each layer of your cocktail stacks properly. Ingredients with more sugar sink to the bottom, while ingredients with less sugar rise to the top. Choose liqueurs like our organic Mango liqueur and organic red Hibiscus liqueur.
- Layering ingredients – pour the heaviest ingredient into the glass first. Add additional layers by tilting the glass and pouring ingredients slowly over the back of a spoon. This ensures ingredients layer evenly while minimizing disturbance.
- Fresh fruit and vegetable juices – incorporate natural juices and ingredients like beetroot, berries, citrus fruit, and herbs to infuse cocktails with striking colors. Muddle or juice these ingredients to extract their vibrant hues.
- Edible flowers and garnishes – adorn drinks with edible flowers like violets, pansies, or nasturtiums. These delicate blossoms provide an enchanting (and edible) touch to cocktails.
Fruit Twists for Garnish
Fruit twists add a touch of elegance and a burst of fresh aroma to your cocktails.
- Picking the fruit – choose fruits with smooth, unblemished skin that are slightly under ripe for easy slicing. Too ripe and the skin will fall apart, too green and the fruit will be too stiff. Try lemons, limes, and oranges.
- Prepping the fruit – wash fruit thoroughly and pat it dry. Use a sharp knife or a channel knife to cut a thin strip of the fruit’s peel, avoiding the white pith. Or use a peeler to remove a larger piece of peel and trim it down.
- Twisting the fruit – hold the strip of peel between your thumb and forefinger, skin side facing out. Gently twist the peel to release the citrus oils, allowing them to cascade over the cocktail’s surface.
Dehydrated Fruit Slices for Garnish
Dehydrated fruit slices are a long-lasting and sustainable garnish option.
- Preparing the fruit – choose round fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, or apples and slice them evenly into thin rounds. Remove any seeds or pith.
- Dehydrating the fruit – place the fruit slices in a dehydrator or use an oven on low heat (around 170°F or 75°C) for several hours until the slices become dry and crisp.
- Storing and preserving the fruit – store cooled fruits in an airtight container to maintain texture. These slices keep well and are a bit more convenient than having fresh fruit on hand.
Cool cocktail glasses elevate an evening of entertainment.
- Glass shapes – tall and slender glasses – think highball or Collins glass – work well for refreshing drinks that utilize a lot of ice. Wide-mouthed coupe glasses are better for more sophisticated cocktails that traditionally use dark liquors.
- Glass sizes – small glasses keep a drink cooler longer.
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