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Cucumber Martini Garnishing Tips

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Cucumber MartiniThe fresh and simple cucumber martini is a favorite drink for many which can be garnished interestingly too.  The garnishing tips given below will hopefully come in handy  while you serve the martini to your guests 


 


To prepare the cucumber garnish, you will require certain regular kitchen tools, which are –


  • A sharp paring knife, for making fine slices

  • A vegetable peeler, to peel off the skin or the cucumber

  • A grater, to grate the cucumber

  • A melon-baller, to scoop out ball-shaped cucumber

  • A bunch of toothpicks or stirrers, to attach the garnish on the drink


 


Brilliant Garnishing Ideas For Cucumber Martini


Cucumber Slice Garnish


Cucumber Slice Garnish


Cut the cucumber in fine slices, along the width or diagonally, by using a sharp paring knife. You may or may not remove the cucumber skin. You can also peel off part of the skin by leaving some part, before slicing. This gives a unique texture to the cucumber slices. Cut a small slit on the edge of the slices and place on the rim or use toothpick to attach several slices and place on the drink.


 


Cucumber Mint Garnish


Cucumber Mint Garnish


The combined flavor of cucumber and mint makes the drink completely different from other. For extra flavor, muddle the fresh mint leaves with cucumber, while preparing the drink. Place fresh sprigs of mint on a side or sprinkle chopped mint over the drink along with few cucumber slices.


 


Cucumber Ribbon Garnish


Cucumber Ribbon Garnish


Preparing thin cucumber ribbon requires little bit of skill. You need to cut thin and even slices of the cucumber along the length. The longer and thinner the slice, the better is the look. For ease of cutting, you can use a Y-shaped peeler. You can use these ribbons in various ways to garnish the cucumber martini drink. Place a single ribbon in the drink or skew several ribbons in a stirrer and place in the martini glass.


 


Cucumber Twist Garnish


Cucumber Twist Garnish


To prepare the cucumber twist, you have to use a sharp paring knife or a vegetable peeler, to peel off the skin in a spiral direction starting from one end to other, without tearing in between. Use this spiral-shaped peel to place on the rim of your cucumber martini.


 


Cherry Tomato Garnish


Cherry Tomato Garnish


Prepare the cucumber ribbon as mentioned above. Now use a stirrer to skew the cherry tomatoes and a long cucumber ribbon, alternately. The ribbon will have a spiral shape, with the cherry tomatoes inside the curve. Place the stirrer into the cucumber martini glass.


 


Lemon Slice Garnish


Lemon Slice Garnish


Not only lemon slices, but also you can use any type of lemon garnishing ideas  to decorate your glass of cucumber martini. Place the lemon slice on the glass rim or float on the drink, as per your wish. Instead of lemon, you can use various lime garnishing   ideas  to garnish the cucumber martini drink.


 


Cucumber Basil Garnish


Cucumber Basil Garnish


A fresh basil sprig or chopped fresh basil is another way to garnish this favorite drink. To make it different, you can prepare thin cucumber slices with a slit at the middle or side. Place a fresh basil sprig or a leaf inside the slit and attach the cucumber slice over the rim.


 


Cucumber Yogurt Garnish


Cucumber Yogurt Garnish


In a bowl, combine plain yogurt with finely grated cucumber. Use this paste to top up the cucumber martini, just before you serve. For added taste, sprinkle little bit of Indian chaat masala, just before serving the drink.


 


Useful Tips on Cucumber Martini Garnishing


  • To prepare the cucumber garnish, always use fresh and big sized cucumbers.

  • Thoroughly wash the cucumber and pat dry with paper towels before cutting the cucumber garnish for the martini.

  • Always taste a bit of cucumber before using for garnish. Certain cucumbers have a bitter tang, which are not suitable as garnish.

  • Do not store the cucumber garnish inside the refrigerator, as it will lose the freshness and look stale.

  • You can place the cucumber garnish, in a bowl of water to retain the freshness, maximum for 10-15 minutes.


 


Therefore, next time you have a party at your place, you should try with these gorgeous ideas to garnish and serve the cucumber martini drink to your guests. Also, be prepared to win accolades!


 


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3 Comments

thot4food's picture
cucumber and martini is a strange combo
Anonymous's picture
what pretty images. Wish you had shared some of the recipes as well! Can garnish a drink only after making it right! please give some cucumber martini cocktail recipes as in the images above!
The.Hungry.Soul's picture
Iv tried making cucumber ribbons with a peeler but never got it right! How do we make the perfect thick cucumber ribbon as in cherry tomato garnish?