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Please note: The Archie Rose Bar will be closed for a private event on Tuesday 18 September from 5:00pm. We will be open as usual from midday on Wednesday 19 September.

A guide to garnishing

When done the right way, the right cocktail garnish can act as a drink’s accent. It’s the difference between some cold gin in a weird glass and something luxurious that transports you. It’s possible to play around with a whole bunch of garnish stuff - but when it comes down to it, there are the classics, and then there are a few left-of-field additions that boost things in the flavour stakes, just find your taste and run with it. Have some doubts? Throw inhibition to the wind and go with what’s in season.

The most classic and easily influenced cocktail to play around with is the Martini, and the only rule of thumb is think about when garnishing it is what edible thing you would like to languish in some gin before popping in your mouth. Garnishes with savoury, umami notes are A) perfect if you haven’t eaten and need sustenance, and B) go really well with gin, especially the salinity of our Horisumi - Winter. So, give firm green olives, cocktail onions, a sprig of saltbush or caperberries a go, with a splash of brine to dirty things up.

Fruity garnishes cleanse the palate, such as slices of pear or our particular preference, the sharp hit of citrus. Instead of lemon, try grapefruit or pomelo (especially when drinking Horisumi - Autumn in a G&T). In the bar we like to go the extra mile with spritzing some pear distillate over the drink right before serving, but a simple slice of crunchy apple or pear makes for a lovely afternoon aperitif - especially during winter when these fruits are at their peak.

Some other ideas:

  • Strawberries (heck, any berries)
  • The skin (without the bitter pith) of any citrus
  • Caperberries
  • Anchovies
  • Melon!

Go crazy.

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To experience this site you must be of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please enjoy Archie Rose responsibly in countries where the consumption of alcohol is lawful, for persons who are lawfully permitted to consume alcohol. By entering this site you agree to our Terms and Conditions. Find out more at www.drinkwise.org.au. Archie Rose Distilling Co. Pty Limited Rights Reserved. Archie Rose Distilling Co. supports the Responsible Service of Alcohol. NSW Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor Producer Wholesaler Licence: LIQW880014624 | Liquor Hotel Licence: LIQH440018958