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DIY Festive Garnishes: Elevate Your Holiday Cocktails with Style

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Added: 23rd December 2023

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious cocktail in hand? While the drink itself is important, the presentation can truly elevate your holiday experience. Adding festive garnishes to your cocktails not only adds a touch of style but also enhances the overall taste and visual appeal. In this blog post, we will explore some creative and easy DIY garnishes that will impress your guests and make your holiday cocktails truly memorable.

1. Sugared Cranberries

Cranberries are a staple during the holiday season, and sugared cranberries make for a stunning garnish. To make them, start by rinsing fresh cranberries and letting them dry. In a saucepan, combine equal parts water and sugar and heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool slightly. Add the cranberries to the syrup and toss until they are well coated. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cranberries to a wire rack and let them dry for about an hour. Once dry, roll the cranberries in granulated sugar until they are fully coated. These sugared cranberries can be used to garnish cocktails or even as a festive snack.

2. Rosemary Sprigs

Rosemary not only adds a delightful aroma but also a touch of elegance to your holiday cocktails. Simply take a fresh sprig of rosemary and gently bruise it by rolling it between your hands. This will release the essential oils and enhance the fragrance. Place the sprig in your cocktail glass, allowing it to infuse its flavors as you enjoy your drink. You can also add a small rosemary sprig to a cocktail stirrer or use it as a garnish for a festive martini.

3. Citrus Zest

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes are abundant during the holiday season and can be used to create beautiful and aromatic garnishes. Using a zester or a fine grater, carefully remove the colored part of the fruit's peel, avoiding the bitter white pith. Sprinkle the zest over your cocktail or twist it into a spiral and place it on the rim of the glass. The citrus oils released from the zest will add a burst of flavor and a vibrant pop of color to your drink.

4. Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon is a quintessential holiday spice, and cinnamon sticks make for a simple yet visually appealing garnish. Place a whole cinnamon stick in your cocktail glass, allowing it to infuse its warm and comforting aroma into your drink. You can also use a cinnamon stick as a stirrer or tie it with a festive ribbon around the stem of a martini glass. The subtle hint of cinnamon will add a festive touch to any cocktail.

5. Candy Canes

Nothing says "holiday" quite like candy canes. Crush some candy canes into small pieces and use them to rim the glass of your cocktail. Dip the rim of the glass into a shallow dish of water or simple syrup, then into the crushed candy canes, ensuring an even coating. This garnish works particularly well with creamy or chocolate-based cocktails, adding a delightful crunch and a touch of sweetness.

6. Festive Skewers

Create festive skewers by threading a combination of fruits, such as cranberries, grapes, and pineapple chunks, onto a toothpick or a cocktail skewer. These colorful and vibrant skewers can be placed across the rim of the glass or floated in the cocktail itself. Not only do they add a festive touch, but they also provide a refreshing burst of flavor with each sip.

7. Edible Flowers

For an elegant and sophisticated touch, consider using edible flowers as garnishes. Flowers like pansies, violets, and nasturtiums are not only visually stunning but also safe to consume. Gently rinse the flowers and pat them dry. Place them delicately on top of your cocktail or freeze them in ice cubes for an extra special touch. Edible flowers add a touch of whimsy and beauty to any holiday drink.


With these DIY festive garnishes, you can take your holiday cocktails to the next level. Whether it's sugared cranberries, aromatic rosemary, zesty citrus, warm cinnamon, candy canes, colorful skewers, or delicate edible flowers, these garnishes will add style, flavor, and visual appeal to your drinks. Impress your guests and create a memorable holiday experience by incorporating these simple yet creative garnishes into your cocktail repertoire. Cheers to a festive and joyful holiday season!



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