If the recipients of your creations have never grabbed their phone to Instagram or Snapchat your cocktail before drinking it, then perhaps it's time to bring the theatrical element.
If you've crossed the threshold of any bar in recent years, your senses will have been dazzled by a fashionable catwalk of glassware adorned with fruit, feathers, flames, smoke, bubbles...and the rest.
"You taste with your eyes and nose first" I'm told; I’m assuming they don’t mean the ‘cool’ kids who drank milk through their nose at school, but rather the mixological exploration of the senses which does wonders for your perception of taste and your experience of craft cocktails.
How you ‘dress’ a cocktail, at a bar or at home, will impact how it's received. If the recipients of your creations have never grabbed their phone to Instagram or Snapchat your cocktail before drinking it, then perhaps it's time to bring the theatrical element.
Want to create Sherlock drama? Think dry ice and trapdoors, but if you don’t have those available, even the best of us can muster a little Murder She Wrote with all but the zest from our citrus fruits. I use a potato peeler to get a nice thin, malleable rind and always remember to use the natural curves of the fruit to your advantage when choosing which way to peel.
In this photo above, you'll see a two step process for one of my favourite citrus garnishes. If you own pinking shears, use them for step two. If not, use a knife and a lot of patience, like I do. A simple cut down the centre provides the gap where you slide the garnish onto the rim of the glass.
Wondering how to make your lemon twist keep its ‘twistiness’? Twirl it tightly around a pencil for a few minutes before adding to the glass.
And finally, while we’re talking garnishes, never underestimate the power of a tiny clothes peg.
You can see more of Matt’s creations via @TheAmateurMixologist on Instagram!