Bartending – Cutting Fruit to Garnish Cocktails

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Josh Dubois is going to show you the different ways to cut fruits for your cocktails, for your garnishes.

    Joshua Dubois

    Joshua has bartended in several bars including The Pub in Brooklyn and Fatso's Lawrence, Kansas. Mixing drinks has been a passion for Josh since childhood when he used to mix his milk and chocolate syrup flair style on the playground. He then went through the school of hard knocks at The Pub in NYC under a career bartender whom had been bartending since the age of 13 in Ireland. He then spent two years at Fatso's Public House and Stage in Lawrence, KS under the supervision of bartending master Gavin Smith. He now resides in the DC metro area and bartends for private parties.

    Hi, I am Josh Dubois. We have talking about basic bartending. Now, I am going to show you the different ways to cut fruits for your cocktails, for your garnishes. So, the first that you are going to always want to have is limes. You are going to have tons of limes around whenever you are entertaining and the best way to cut limes -- now, there is three different ways to cut limes that we re going to show you.

    The first way that I am going to cut limes is for a high volume speed bar. You are going to take off the ends. You always want to wash your limes. Then you are going to cut the lime in half. Put those like that and then you are going to cut the lime in half that way.

    Now, you are cutting probably like 40 limes a night in a high volume college bar and you are going to be getting rid of them just as quickly and so you want to make small, manageable pieces that you can squeeze with your hand and that also you get a lot of pieces out of one lime. So, you are going to cut down this way and basically repeat with the other step.

    Now, you are going to end up with pieces about this big and these pieces are really easily squeezed into drinks like that, which is what you are going to want to do for a high volume bar. It's not as nice of a garnish, but it gets the job done when you are entertaining a lot of people really quickly.

    The next way to cut a lime is for beers. All of the ways that you are going to be cutting these limes is going to be, you are taking off these ends of them and you always want to remove the sticker as well. You are going to be taking off the ends for all them and you are also going to be slicing them in half for all of them. Then you put it down like this and that doesn t roll on you as much and so, for beers what you are going to want to do then is just cut like this and just basically go down the line like this. These give you really, really manageable size limes that fit right into the top of a beer bottle really easily and it looks really nice on the top like a corona or something like that. Those you got a little bit less of them, then you get when you are cutting them like for a high volume college bar, but they look really nice and their duty is to actually be a garnish as well. So, they look really nice.

    The last way that we are going to cut a lime is for a nice way for garnishing cocktails in a nice bar and again, you are going to start up the same way. But then you are going to turn it over on this one and you are going to make a slit down like this. You don t want to cut all the way through the lime, you want to just go to -- you get to the pith right here then you are going to turn it back over and you are going to cut them so that they are full wedges like this and then you have them and they slip right on the top of the glass, like that. That looks a little bit nicer and then you allow your customer to actually squeeze the lime into their drink.

    Now, the next thing that we are going to cut is oranges. You may think it's kind of odd that we are cutting oranges, but oranges are actually a garnish for a lot of beers. A lot of wheat beers have oranges in them and also oranges go in blue moon. So, there are several ways that you can cut the orange as well. We are going to cut them down in half. So, that we have pieces that don t roll around on us very well, and then we are going to cut them like this. You can leave them like this, this will fit into the top of a bottle of beer, but also if you are using a draft beer, you can cut them like, you cut the limes, where you put this slit down in there and then you cut them like this and that goes on the top of the glass of a draft beer.

    Now, oranges you want to give them a little bit more of the actual fruit than limes because it's less concentrated. The last thing that you are going to use a lot of is going to be lemons and again you are going to cut off the ends of the lemons. Then you are going to cut it down the middle and you are going to do the lemon pretty much just like you did the lime.

    Now, there is another way that I have seen lemons cut and particularly I like this look better than the next way that I am going to show you, because I think the next way looks kind of cheesy and this way is also more economical. But, you can cut this full lemon wheel and you cut it like this after you get your circle cut it like this and then the full lemon wheel goes on like that. I think it looks a little cheesy and it weighs a lot more lemon. So, it's up to you. That s how you cut lemons. Next we are going to go into how to pour liquor correctly.