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Fancy Garnish for a Whiskey Sour

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Maple Pear Whiskey Sour

Need to know how to garnish a whiskey sour? If you’ve taken the time to shake an eggwhite or aquafaba cocktail well and you want to dress up the top of the cocktail, try this trick to add some decoration to the top of the drink.

Using dark bitters, place an odd number of drops on the drink. In this example, I put 5 drops in a circle. Using a toothpick or skewer, lightly run the tip through the dot in a fluid motion. In this case, I ran the skewer through the top in a circular motion to get the pattern above.

That’s it. It’s not rocket science, and in this case, since the drops were large and a little irregular, I have a pattern that looks something like a starfish.

Please note that this won’t work with all bitters. If you’re working with bitters that are lighter in color, you won’t be able to see anything from the application of the bitters to the foam. However, you will still get the aroma and taste from it, just not the cool patterning effect on the foam. 


By on February 7th, 2020
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