Cutting Boards, Peelers & Zesters
What is a Lemon Zester and How Important Are They in Cocktails?
Zest is a food ingredient that is scraped or cut by a citrus zester or peeler from the outer, colorful skin of citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, citron, and lime. Zest is used to add flavor to food or drinks, particularly cocktails.
Zest is commonly used in some cocktails not only to bring out the flavor and aroma but also to add color, decoration, and garnish. As a cocktail garnish, zest is usually cut in a long spiral called a twist. An example of a cocktail that is commonly garnished with a twist is a martini. For maximum flavor and aroma, zest is usually cut from the citrus fruit with a knife or a peeler or zester.
There are various methods of making and using twists for cocktails. Twists are typically cut from a whole fresh fruit with a small kitchen knife or, better yet, with a lemon zester or citrus peeler or other similar utensils. The curled shape or twist, as its name suggests, may come from cutting the wedge into a spiral or twist, and winding it around a straw or other object.
The Perfect Bar Zester and Fruit Peeler to Serve Your Cocktails with a Twist
Ian Fleming's James Bond character has his popular signature drink, the Vesper Cocktail. Here's the Vesper, according to Bond:
"Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"
Now what would be 007's perfect cocktail be without the ubiquitous lemon peel or lemon zest?
Serve any stylish cocktail with a twist with Rapids Wholesale's citrus zester. Lime? Lemon? Orange? No problem. Our zester can also double as a peeler—in fact, an excellent orange peeler/zester as well as a great lemon zest peeler.
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