Lime is a very popular fruit for garnishing cocktails. It can be used in a great variety of shapes to add color and a hint of flavor to the finished cocktail.
Choose limes that are ripe and have no bruises on the skin. The lime piece is used to moisten the rim of the glasses in drinks such as Margarita or Side Car so that the salt or sugar will adhere to the rim of the glass.
Lime wedges are very suitable garnish for long drinks served in highball glasses and other drinks. The thicker pulp of the wedge gives the drinker the option to squeeze more lime juice into the drink to add a consistent lime flavor.
- Wash the lime
- Cut ends off just to the pulp
- Set lime upright on the cutting board
- Slice lime completely in half lengthwise
- This cut will create a slice in the middle of the lime wedge. The purpose of this is so that you can easily slide it onto the rim of the glass without juice squirting everywhere or ruining the look of the garnish.
- Cut half way into the pulp lengthwise, but not down to the rind. Take care at the edges not to cut into the rind as they are not as thick as the middle of the lime.
- To finish off the lime wedge simply cut each half into sections. You can usually get 3-4 wedges from each half depending on the size of the lime.
- Turn the lime over so that it lays flat.
- Slice wedges into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces.
Lime slices are also called wheels. It is ideal for garnishing cocktails for their great look.
Cut the lime crosswise into 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices. This cut will create a slice in the middle of the lime wheel.
The purpose of this is so that you can easily slide it onto the rim of the glass without juice squirting everywhere or ruining the look of the garnish.
Make a small cut in the middle of each slice, beginning near the center, cutting outward through the rind.
Cut slices into half again to create half moons of lime. Make a small cut in the middle starting in the center towards the rind of each half moon lime and place on the glass.
To make a spiral of lime peel, use a parer or vegetable peeler to cut away the skin, working in a circular motion. Take care not to cut into the bitter pith.
Twist of Lime Peel
Cut a thin slice of lime peel, using a knife scrape off the pith; run the twist around the lip of the glass. Twist it over the drink to release the oils and drop it in.
Lime zest is the peel of the lime obtained by using knife or vegetable peeler to carefully peel only the lime part off. Then either finely chop or slice or squeeze to bring the lime oils over the drink before placing it in it or you can use strips of peel and carefully tie each strip into a knot.