One of the most important parts of a drinks overall appearance and appeal is the garnish. Most customers know exactly which garnish their drink should be served with. Garnishes add to the drink's appearance and some affect the taste. If a garnish is forgotten, the customer may become dissatisfied, and future bar sales along with the bartender's tips will be affected. |
The garnish should be fresh, prepared properly, and add to the appearance of the drink. The flavor of the garnish should be compatible with the flavor of the drink.
Oranges should be sliced and picked together with a cherry in advance of actually needing them. An orange and cherry picked together is called either a flag or a butterfly, depending on the manner in which they are assembled together.
Pineapple wedges are used in any drink containing pineapple juice. Resort-type bars and bars that sell a lot of tropical drinks will use a pineapple garnish. Most neighborhood bars will not stock pineapples for garnishing. Neighborhood bars will usually substitute an orange and cherry garnish in place of a pineapple wedge. A cherry and pineapple picked together is sometimes referred to as a "Hawaiian flag," and is used in the, "the blue Hawaiian".
Lime garnishes are typically used all forms of tequila based drinks, especially margaritas.
Lemons are used in a majority of highballs and drinks containing vodka.
1. Always make to stock up on your garnish supply before your shift. Keep an extra supply in the fridge so you can swap out whenever the first batch gets used up.
2. The drink should be filled with ice, so the garnish sits neatly on top. Lemon and lime wedges should be squeezed into the drink and rubbed once around the rim of the glass. Always cup your hand around the glass when squeezing to prevent fruit juice from spraying the customers sitting at the bar.
3. Wedges are dropped in the drink.
4. Lime wheels are placed on the rim of the glass.
5. Lemon twists should be twisted to release the oils and the shiny out skin is rubbed around the rim of the glass.
6. All coffee drinks should get whip cream.
7. All hot tea drinks should get a lemon twist.
8. Most white wine and champagne drinks will get a lemon twist garnish.
9. All tonic drink will get a lime wedge.
Follow these guidelines on garnishes and you will have a great shift bartending.
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