Bar Basics – How to Cut a Lemon Wheel

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Flair bartender Moe Harris demonstrates how to cut a lemon wheel for mixed drinks.

    Moe Harris

    Moe began his career behind the bar 13 years ago on the beaches of Acapulco Mexico. Since then, Not only has he bartended all over the world, but competed in and won various local, national and international competions in speed, accuracy and flair. He has been teaching his trade at the Professional Bartending School in Arlington Va since 2002. He has also taught bartending for the O.A.S (Organization of American States) in the Caribbean, as well as led alcohol based seminars for the Smithsonian institution in Washington D.C. and made various t.v appearances exhibiting flair. In 2005 Moe took his show from behind the bar, and put it on stage where he and his flair bartending friends put on their "POUR BOY" show. The show is a flair bartending exhibiton, where he and his friends perform in an all night event showcasing their bottle flipping talents. When asked what the most important part of bartending, Moe responds "Service...good service will always make up for a horrible drink, but a great drink will never make up for bad service.".

    Hi guys! My name is Moe Harris and I am about to show you how to cut a wheel. A wheel is little variation of the lime wedge. This is more of an aesthetic thing. The wedge was really nice because you do allow it to squeeze nicely to the drink. The wheel is really just a pretty little garnish. Were going to start off the same way cutting the edges off of our lemon right there. Once, youve got the ends cut off, it stands right up. Now, what youre going to want to do is youre going to want to make one little slice, lets say about starting halfway through, cutting through one quarter of this lemon and then finally, all youre going to do is cut this thing long way is this way. You can decide the length of your -- the thickness of your wedge, just now sliding your fingers along right there. These are couple thick ones and by cutting that thing in a corner right there, it does allow that thing to just sit right on your glass and youve got a pretty little garnish right here. Its a lemon wheel.