How to Make Cocktail Zest, 3 Ways

December 26, 2012

Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 


Today: Three ways to put some zest in your drink.

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Now more than ever, we understand that making cocktails requires both finesse and a little bit of brawn. This week, we make a return to subtle flair: add some zesty flavor and an eye-catching twist to your drink three different ways -- without any fancy tools.

Watch our Assistant Editor Kenzi Wilbur effortlessly peel, squeeze and drop lemon twists into a refreshing cocktail. After practicing on your own, add an orange twist into an El Presidente.

This video was shot and edited by Kyle Orosz

Editors' note: we realize there is a typo in the video, we're going to fix that as soon as we can!

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Written by: gheanna

My two (current) favorite foods start with the letter D: doughnuts, and dumplings. If a dish has bacon in it, I will most likely eat it. If I could marry honey butter, I would.


Marian B. December 26, 2012
I want Kenzi to be my bartender!
Jannetan December 26, 2012
The knife is a paring knife not a pairing knife. I t is used to pare things such as fruits and vegetables not as coupler!
Kenzi W. December 27, 2012
Note the editors' comment at the bottom of the post! As it says, we're going to fix that as soon as we can.