10 New Ways to Garnish Your Drinks

Looking for a twist on the twist for your next get-together? Here are 10 unique garnish ideas to make your home bar's cocktails stand out.

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Dress Up Your Drinks

Reinvent your favorite cocktails with these 10 unique garnish ideas, including infused-salt rims, edible stir sticks and candied fruit.

Infused Salt

Dress up your margaritas by rimming them with a custom-flavored salt. Use a food processor or mortar and pestle to grind coarse salt with complementary herbs or citrus zest. 

Herbed Ice Cubes

Freezing garnishes in ice works particularly well in a large or spherical ice mold, but regular ice molds are fine, too. Use the herbs or citrus that would traditionally appear in the drink you're serving. 

Edible Stir Sticks

Thread sprigs of hardy herbs (like rosemary or thyme) through cranberries, blueberries, raspberries or other spear-able fruit for a garnish that's both striking and delicious.

Spice Sachet

Perfect for a glass of hot spiced cider. Wrap up a couple of complementary spices, like cloves and allspice, in a small square of cheesecloth, tie with string and clip to the side of your drink.

Flavored Ice Cubes

Let your ice do triple duty: keep things cold, look pretty and add flavor as it melts into your cocktail. Freeze different colored juices or sodas for a fun effect.

Scored Citrus Peel

Lightly score the outside of your citrus peel in a crosshatch pattern before peeling. The pattern will be pretty and functional — scoring it will help release the essential oils, which will flavor your drink. Use a sharp paring knife for the best results.

Boozy Fruit

Make your own maraschino cherries or other boozy fruit sans food coloring. Just soak your fruit in the liqueur of your choosing until you're satisfied with its flavor.

Candied Fruits

Candied citrus wheels, ginger and even vegetables like fennel make interesting and delicious additions to your drinks. Run them through a toothpick to rest on top of your glass, or place a few at the bottom to soak up the alcohol for a rewarding treat.

Cucumber Strips

Long, thin strips of cucumber can be threaded onto a stir stick for a wavy, elegant and effortless decoration that lends refreshing notes to your drink. A mandoline or vegetable peeler will make this a cinch.

Homemade Lollipops

If you're up to the challenge, homemade lollipops make for an extra-special, playful garnish that doubles as a stirrer and snack. They can be flavored with fresh herbs or fruit extracts, and colored to match any theme. You can find a recipe here — no lollipop molds required.

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