How to garnish your cocktails and wow your customers.

First impressions matter. Good cocktails need garnishes.

Wow your customers with lime wedges, orange and lemon ½ wheels, Luxardo cherries and fresh strawberries. Garnishes and tasty rims don’t cost much and add an extra oomph sells way more often than plain drinks.

Our cocktail rockstar Joey is back on the blog today with her favorite garnish tips. She’ll help you wow your customers without breaking the bank.

How to garnish your cocktails: Wow your customersGet the right tools for the job.

Joey recommends a serrated paring knife, citrus reamer and a grater. If you’re going fancy with fruits like oranges or pineapples, grab a larger knife, too.

Pick a garnish, any garnish.

Fruits are the garnish lovers’ sweet spot. Lemons, limes, cherries, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are perfect for tropical cocktails and mocktails.

Pro tip: cucumbers add a special touch of freshness and color

You can also go the savory route. Add grated chocolate, cocoa powder or something seasonal like crushed candy canes as seen atop our Candy Cane Peppermint Shake?

Callout here to our sister brand: Island Oasis.

If you like it, put a rim on it.

Salt pairs perfectly with our margaritas, but the rim options don’t end there. Think grated chocolate, graham crackers or flavored sugars.

Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass and dip it in chocolate, slide a lemon wedge on or give it a drizzle of syrup. Place shavings or crumbs onto a plate and press the glass on top. Your glass is now dressed for success.

Cut it out.

A wedge of fruit looks nice and all, but how about taking it up a notch? Pair a few fruits together. Cut a kiwi slice into a star. Dip a strawberry in chocolate. Create an orange rind spiral. You get the idea.

Top it off.

Shake some cocoa powder, cinnamon or nutmeg onto a specialty drink.

Mix up this Cold Brew Whipped Cream recipe to give iced beverages—or even desserts—that extra little something.

The garnish possibilities are endless, really. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop. Almost anything can be a garnish and add that extra fancy to your customers’ drinks. They’ll be ordering another stylish cocktail in no time.

What’s your favorite garnish to use? Leave us a comment below!


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