Posts Tagged ‘edible garnishes’

Get Creative with Edible Cocktail Garnishes

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Lavender as garnish, image from

Have you ever noticed that a simple garnish can take a cocktail from being run-of-the-mill to totally extraordinary? It’s definitely true that we enjoy cocktails with our eyes and our noses, not just our taste buds, so a garnish is an essential element of a well crafted cocktail that should not be overlooked. No need to invest in mini paper umbrellas, though, because just like the best cocktail ingredients, the best garnishes come from your garden.

Savory Cocktail Garnishes

An awesome cocktail garnish will serve three different purposes: (1) it will look pretty when you serve the drink, (2) it will smell nice when you sip it, and (3) it will taste nice on your palate. So you should always add a garnish that will contribute to the flavor and aroma of your drink. Here’s some of our favorites:

Our Favorite Savory Cocktail

We cannot get enough of this Tomato Water Martini, one of Ivette Soler’s signature cocktails. The heirloom tomato and basil leaf garnish is not only colorful and fragrant, but it makes a delicious little munchy, too.

Tomato water martiniTomato Water Martini(aka Pomodoro Martini) – makes 2 martinisIngredients:

2 and ½ shots vodka
1/3 shot olive juice
2 shots tomato water (see below)
A lot of ice


Grow Your Own Garnishes

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Herb Garnish

From Left: parsley, basil, cilantro

One of the easiest and most fun ways to dress up your party platters is with edible garnishes. Flowers like nasturtium, marigold and chamomile make good garnishes.  Herbs are great, too. You can buy the garnishes at your local farmer’s market or grocery store, but many of them are so easy to grow, and expensive to buy, that it makes sense to grow your own.  It isn’t too late in the growing season to start growing your own garnishes. aHa! Modern Living has seeds for many of these, and we’re having a seed sale!  Save 15% OFF all Botanical Interests Seeds – many organic and heirloom varieties.

Here are some of our favorite edible garnishes, and their suggested food pairings:

Photo Credits from left: Earth Spirit Organics, LeeAnn Smith, Smithsonian Blog