Hello, Gentle Reader.

Like I have mentioned in my “New Years Resolution” post, one of the things that I’m working on this year includes garnishes. This post is about how to create wheels and twists.

We drink cocktails first with our eyes, then with our nose, and finally with our mouths. A good cocktail should be a symbiotic relationship between all three.

As I have been told by some of you, I do myself a disservice by not creating garnishes. Almost without exception, garnishes are for looks and do NOT change the flavor of the cocktail. I ignored them, and I will own that. But after researching more about cocktails and listening to you all, I rectify my faults. My problem was that I had to practice. Out of obstinance, laziness, and business, I never did.  Now that I am unemployed, I am practicing.

Rather than just having these appear on drinks on my blog, I thought I would help you create your own garnishes.


Before we get to twists, let’s right about the wheel. The wheel is a great topper for all martinis, doubles, and singles. You need to use a citrus. Typically, these garnishes are lemons, limes, and oranges. ‘

How to create the wheel:

  1. Wash the fruit.
  2. Cut off the ends.
  3. Slice like a loaf of bread.
  4. Following the natural fold of the fruit, cut a small slit almost to the center of the wheel.
  5. Now, you have a wheel.



Now to go from a wheel to a twist, we’re going to follow the same instructions. After we have our wheel, we can go to our twist.

  1. Take your knife that you were using and cut between the rind and the fruit, cutting out as much pith (the white stuff) as possible.
  2. Go carefully around the wheel, not cutting through the rind.
  3. Twist the rind.
  4. Now, you have a twist.
  5. With the leftover fruit from the wheel, you can rim the glass to get the flavor of the fruit and then you have used everything.



Like all useful skills, this takes time and practice. I want to let you know how I have started practicing and will continue to practice.

Since you can do this with all fruits, I used oranges. I like oranges and will actually eat them. I know a handful of people who eat lemons and lemons, but I’m not one of them. The rind of all citrus fruits are similar enough that moving from an orange to a lemon to a lime is similar and fluid. I personally don’t want to drink a cocktail every time I make a twist. By using oranges, you’re not wasting the fruit or spending lots of money. One of the disadvantages that we have as amateur mixologists.


I think being able to make twists and wheels are good skills. Below, is a drink with no garnishes and then a drink with a garnish.

Which one do you want?

As always, happy and safe drinking.