How To Adding Mix And Garnish

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Cocktail Garnish

Adding Mix and Garnish to Drinks

A cocktail garnish is a must. Pouring proper mixed or well drinks is the basic crutch for all bartenders. In some establishments, bartenders serve nothing but beer and well / rail drinks like rum & coke, gin & tonic etc all night long, but you still need your drink garnish.

If you learn how to pour rail drinks like a pro, you’re halfway there. It may look simple enough, but practise and confidence is needed to look like a pro. The easiest way to find out if you pour fast and accurate enough is to put yourself in the middle of it. Work the busiest shift you can and see how your skills stack up. You’ll learn very quickly how confident you are in your pouring skills.

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When mixing up drinks, learn how to multi-task in order to serve with skill, speed and stlye.

Cocktail garnishes are decorative ornaments that add character or class to a mixed drink. There are many kinds of garnishing for the many different drinks a bartender can make. Generally, however, most bars just use limes and lemons and maybe orange slices.

Below is a guide to help you with what garnish goes with what drink:

Rum based cocktails generally get tropical fruit such as a pineapple slice (and maybe an umbrella).

Tequila based cocktails are garnished with citrus fruits.

Gin & Vodka based drinks are garnished with Lemons, Limes, Olives, Onions, or a Cherry.

Whiskey based cocktails may be garnished with a lime or lemon.

Brandy based drinks usually have no garnish, maybe a cherry.


Note: as a general rule of thumb, if the mix is light-colored, i.e. 7-up, water etc, then garnish with a lemon. If the mix is dark, like coke, cranberry etc, garnish with a lime wedge.

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