How to Make Zests & Twists

Take your mixology skills to the next level by making lemon zest or twists to add to your cocktails. It helps aromatize and beautify your creations. You’ll need a zester as your main tool and follow these steps to make different types of garnishes.

Pigtail Twist

  1. Using a channel knife or zester, peel a single long string of rind off a piece of citrus using gentle pressure.
  2. Wrap the piece of zest around a bar spoon to make a spiral.
  3. Gently pull the bar spoon out to maintain the shape.
  4. Garnish and enjoy!

Swath Zest

  1. Using a peeler or paring knife, cut an oblong strip of rind from a piece of citrus.
  2. Twist over the drink to express the oils.
  3. Place the zest into the drink.
  4. Enjoy your cocktail!

Flamed Zest

  1. Use a paring knife to cut a thin disc of rind from a piece of citrus.
  2. Hold the disc, waxy side out, between your thumb and index finger.
  3. Light a match and quickly pass the flame over the skin of the zest a few times to warm it.
  4. Hold the flame directly in front of the zest while squeezing it in half to release and ignite the oils over a cocktail.
  5. Enjoy and ignite your passion for cocktails.

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