6 Tasty Holiday Garnishes You Need to Try
Around the holidays there's plenty of time to kick back and enjoy a frozen cocktail. Whether you want to make the decoration process a little more fun or really entertain the guests who came over for a holiday party, you need two things for a great cocktail near Christmas: a great Frozen Concoction Maker® and a festive garnish. While the machine does all the hard work, here are a few suggestions for a seasonal topper on your cocktail.
1. Apple slices
Hot cider, frozen apple drinks and countless other apple-based cocktails are part of many Americans' holiday traditions. Make sure you cap one of these tasty drinks with real apple. Cut a large, thin sliver and plop it right into your drink, or cut a slit for it to sit on the edge of the glass.
2. Candy canes
What says Christmas better than a candy cane? No matter if the cocktails you're serving are frozen or hot, chocolate or bitter, a candy cane is the perfect garnish. Not only can does it look festive peaking over the edge of the glass, but it's a swizzle stick that injects the drink with a bit of mint.
3. Festive ice cubes
While most frozen cocktails don't need additional ice cubes, this garnish gives you a fun option for guests who prefer a few in their glass. Rather than standard water cubes, the Canadian Broadcasting Company's Steven and Chris recommended freezing water with cranberries and rosemary in an ice cube tray. After a few hours, you'll have some beautiful red and green seasonal cubes floating around the glass and adding a bit of flavor.
4. Toasted marshmallows
Break out the crème brûlée torch and roast some marshmallows for a holiday garnish. Tasty, sweet and creamy, marshmallows go perfectly as the top layer of desert cocktails that are best enjoyed around the fireplace.
5. Red and green skewers
You can use a toothpick or small skewer to connect several small garnishes into one great looking treat. Try to mix green and red for a Christmas vibe. Use raspberries, cranberries, mint leaves, cherries and rosemary for a true red and green flavor mix that will make your guests want seconds.
6. A sprig of rosemary
When you don't know what else to add to your seasonal cocktail, just top it off with a little sprig of rosemary. The subtle flavor can enhance dozens of drinks, and it looks like a small Christmas tree on the edge of your glass.
Remember to enjoy your beverages responsibly and follow all drinking laws - and don't forget to look out for your fellow Parrotheads too.