Whether you’re making healthy veggie juices or saucy alcoholic cocktails, putting a little bit of razzle on top of them only makes the whole process more fun. Sure, the decorating practice is common in restaurants and bars, but who says that you can’t treat yourself or your guests with a fancy looking beverage?
Besides, with a stylish Breville juicer at the ready, the hard work is done for you, leaving you to focus on glamming up your beverages with these decorative tips.
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As a general rule of thumb, you should always garnish with ingredients that are used in the final product. You also want to try and make the garnish edible or beneficial to the beverage as often as possible.
We’ve put together six easy ways for you to spice up your juicing experience.
- Sugar rims – Take two plates, one filled with lemon juice the other with sugar. Flip your glass upside down and dip its lip into the lemon. Next, rest it in the plate of sugar. The result is a sweet and surprising taste whenever someone takes a sip. For brighter, more colourful designs, simply mix the lemon with food colouring.
- Frosted glasses – Something as simple as putting your serving glasses in the fridge can make all the difference. It gives the drink that frosty-looking professional appeal whilst keeping it cooler for longer.
- Flavoursome ice – For a slow release of a deliciously different flavour, add a few unique ice cubes into your drinks. For instance, you can chop up cucumber slices and mint leaves and set them into your ice tray with water. This idea is so versatile you can try it with any flavourful herb, fruit or veg.
- Layering – Juice ingredients all have slightly different densities. This is something you can experiment with to create uniquely coloured cocktails. By juicing fruits and vegetables in the right order without stirring, your drinks can be styled in ombré or a rainbow swirl effect.
- Peel, Boil, Serve
To really impress your guests or simply spoil yourself, use candied citrus peel in your cocktails. Although it requires a little bit more effort adding this instead of a regular straw, the result is well worth it. Just follow these easy steps:
- Using any citrus fruit, like orange or lemon, cut six slits, lengthways all the way round the curve of the fruit. Be careful to only pierce through the rind, so you can easily and neatly peel it off with your fingers.
- Slice the peels lengthways into thin strips.
- Add equal quantities of water and sugar in a saucepan, and bring to the boil, while stirring until dissolves. One cup of sugar to one fruit’s rind is an ideal ratio.
- Add your strips to this boiling mixture and reduce the heat, letting the peels simmer until they’re slightly translucent (approximately 10 minutes).
- Drain the sugar syrup through a strainer and leave the strips open to thoroughly dry. They should become slightly sticky.
- Finally, fill a re-sealable bag with half a cup of dry sugar and your peels, and give it a good shake. Once they’re coated, place them on wax paper to dry before storing them in an air-tight container in the fridge until needed.
These sweet citrus decorations can be placed at the bottom of a glass, around the rim or resting on top of a thick juice. They provide that unforgettable ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your beverages, and are super tasty too.
And finally, number 6
If you have some swizzle sticks, fancy straws and pretty glasses, this is the perfect excuse to show them off. You can even pick up themed products like moustache printed straws from local markets or trendy stores to compliment your party décor or personality.
Just remember that before we taste anything, we look at it. So, by taking a little bit of time to make your juices look pretty and appealing, they’re sure to be a hit!