Whether it’s a maraschino cherry or edible flowers, many consider a cocktail to be incomplete without a garnish. Some cocktails, including the martini and the bloody mary, are downright incomplete without a proper garnish. This section considers the myriad garnishes available for cocktails, including things like rim salts and sugars and even edible straws.

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Recipe: Homemade Orange Simple Syrup and Candied Oranges

By Kim Richards | January 21, 2017 |

When cooking, there is seldom a need to throw out leftover food items. The motto of the day is: Let nothing be wasted. Wort leftover from a homebrew session can be mixed with honey and boiled down into a nice glaze to use when cooking ham and pineapple. The same goes for making desserts. Today…

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Review: Spiced Up Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Chili Sugar

By Christopher Null | January 9, 2017 |

Want to spice up a wintry cocktail? Try this new rimming powder from Spiced Up, which is made with a blend of Valrhona cocoa powder from France, Demerara pure cane sugar, and bourbon-barrel aged chili powder. Spiced Up Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Chili Sugar offers fairly large granules that require significant liquid to adhere to the…

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Review: Twang Beer Salt

By Christopher Null | December 19, 2016 |

It’s common to jam a wedge of lime into your beer when sipping on a Mexican lager. Others prefer a lick of salt instead of the sweet-and-sour kick of citrus, and that’s why Twang — “The Original Premium Beersalt” — exists. Twang, which also makes a line of margarita salts, sells five different flavors of…

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The Spice Lab Brings Color to Cocktail Rims

By Christopher Null | December 1, 2014 |

Salt-rimmed margaritas (or salt-rimmed anything, really) may be currently out of favor, but here’s one idea if you want to bring the trend back at your home bar: Use colored salts instead of boring old white ones. The Spice Lab, which markets over 180 types of sea salt alone, has recently launched three sea salts designed…

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Review: Fresh Origins Hibiscus and Cilantro Crystals Cocktail Rimmers

By Christopher Null | March 17, 2014 |

Fresh Origins, the maker of a unique set of herb-flavored cocktail rimmer crystals, is back at it, with two new “MicroGreens” flavors that are on the rise in the cocktailverse: Hibiscus and Cilantro. As with its original four flavors, these are natural flowers and herbs mixed with cane sugar crystals, creating crunchy, edible garnishes for…

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Review: Crazy Steve’s Bloody Mary Mixes

By Christopher Null | January 28, 2014 |

Crazy Steve is making Bloody Mary mixes, dry spices, salsas, and pickles in the heart of New Jersey. (He’s also trying to help out the damaged Jersey Shore, so give him a hand.) Our focus today however is on his two Bloody mixes (made with fresh cucumber, celery, onion, and jalapeno) and their rimmer companion. Thoughts…

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Review: Fresh Origins Herb Crystals and Flower Crystals

By Christopher Null | April 3, 2013 |

Bacon salt rim? Boring. How about a basil rim on your cocktail? Or fennel? Fresh Origins, a micro-greens and edible flowers creator, is launching Herb and Flower Crystals, a sort of freeze-dried herb-meets-sugar idea that results in colorful, exotic, and wholly unique crystals that can be used as cocktail garnishes. Two sizes of the crunchy…

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Review: Tillen Farms Garnishes

By Christopher Null | February 26, 2012 |

At long last high-quality Grenadine is widely available. (If you’re buying Rose’s — which is just red corn syrup — you’re missing out.) But who mourns the death of the Maraschino cherry? Once a reference to a Croatian marasca cherry preserved in maraschino liqueur, Maraschino cherries are now chemical-laden monstrosities that remain a staple of…

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Oddity of the Week: Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straw

By Christopher Null | December 6, 2011 |

You love beef. You love straws. Now you can get the two together, in the form of Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straw. As the name implies, this unique “straw” is designed to accompany Bloodies, but enterprising cocktail types will likely find myriad uses for it — not the least of which is simply consuming them…

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Review: Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings

By Christopher Null | July 4, 2011 |

You know at a glance that Demitri’s is not your everyday Bloody Mary mix. The color and thickness of A1 steak sauce, Demitri’s is not a “just add vodka” mix. You need tomato juice (and lots of it): A mere 2 ounces of the mix will flavor a full quart of tomato juice or V8.…

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