I love getting crafty with garnishes. A creative garnish is a great way to elevate your drink and make it fun. The following is a step by step guide on how to make a simple, yet impressive, lemon rose.
Step 1. You'll need the following items:
- maraschino cherry
- paring knife
- cocktail pick
- cutting board
Step 2. Slice the lemon in half.
Step 3. - Using your paring knife slowly cut the lemon flesh away from its peel. Be careful not to cut the peel itself. Insert your knife a little deeper each time around.
Step 4. - After about two or three times around with your knife, use your fingers to pull the flesh out of the peel.
Step 5. - Repeat steps 3 & 4 on the other half of lemon.
Step 6. - Use your knife to scrape away any flesh left behind.
Step 7. - Turn your peel over, pith side down. Cut a slit about 1/4 of an inch from the center. Cut another on the opposite side, again 1/4 inch from the center. Turn the peel 1/4 turn and cut another slit. And then another on the opposite side. You should now have 4 "petals"
Step 8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the other half.
Step 7. - Round all your petals using your paring knife or a set of kitchen shears.
Step. 8. Choose which half of your lemon will be your base. Take your base and curl each petal over, pith side in, and hold for 5 seconds.
Step 9. The other half of lemon peel will become your top layer. Take your top layer and fold the petals inward so that one corner of each petal is overlapping another petal. Squeeze together and hold in place for 5-10 seconds.
Step 10. Insert your top layer into the base.
Step 11. Slide a maraschino cherry onto the cocktail pick. Wipe away any excess syrup.
Step 12. Insert your pick inside the middle of your top petals and slide through. Followed by your base.
Step. 13. Pull your pick through enough that you can barely see the top of it without completely going through.
Step 14. You can twist and turn your peels until you get them into a position your satisfied with.
You now have lemon rose! Use as a garnish with iced drinks. The ice will help hold your rose in place.