A cocktail is only as good as its garnish. Top your spirits with smoky, grilled garnishes that will enhance any cocktail. These aromatic flavor makers amplify the look and taste of your grilled drinks. Grill your garnishes and highlight the flavors of your favorite cocktail. We’ve created a complete guide for grilling below.
Types of Garnishes
Gratings: Grate on some flavor for a rich finish.
Examples: grated cinnamon sticks, chocolate, nutmeg, salt, coffee beans
Suggested Cocktails: coffee or winter cocktails
Twists & Peels: Citrus oils give any cocktail fresh flavor.
Examples: lemons, oranges, grapefruit
Suggested Cocktails: Old Fashioned, Negronis, or Tequila based drinks
Savory & Salty: Drinks don’t always gotta be sweet, add some savory to your glass.
Examples: olives (stuffed or not), onions, shrimp, carrot sticks, celery sticks, radish, asparagus, hazelnut
Suggested Cocktails: Amaretto, Martini, Bloody Mary, Limoncello, Gibsons, Gin & Vodka-based cocktails
Sprigs of Herbs: add an aromatic element to your glass
Examples: sprigs of mint, rosemary, cilantro
Suggested Cocktails: Mojito, Mint Julep, Rosemary Greyhound
Fruits & Sweets: make your drinks sweet like candy
Examples: maraschino cherries, pineapples, strawberries, watermelon, ice cubes with fruit, gumdrops, whipped cream, apple slices, candy, chocolate
Rims: top your rim and add some contrast to your glass
Examples: salts, sugars, coffee grounds, coconut flakes, chili powder
Non-Edible: add some flare to your glass
Examples: umbrellas, pineapple leaves, flowers
Suggested Cocktails: Mai Tai, Piña Colada, tropical or themed party themed
Ways to Traeger Garnishes
Bake - Lay out your favorite spices, herbs, nuts, or apples with cinnamon on a standard baking sheet, roast them for about 5-10 minutes to release oils and before they start drying out. Garnish your rim or glass with a wood-fired treat.
Smoke - Arrange your favorite fruits and herbs on a baking tray or grill mat and smoke until your heart desires. Delicate fruits like raspberries, strawberries, and grapes are good with 15-30 minutes on Smoke Setting. For herbs, smoke just until the tips start turning brown, about 5-10 minutes. If you’re smoking whole fruits, it’s best to cut in half and face down (peel side out). The peel will hold the best smoke while the flesh will hold char and grill better. Add these garnishes to any drink for a smokin’ finish.
Grill - Citrus fruits like limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit are best sugar-coated and grilled straight on the grill. Always coat fruit with sugar or syrup to maintain the moisture and prevent from drying out. Slice your fruit and savory items and pull out their natural flavor by giving them some serious grill marks on 375 or HIGH for 5-10 minutes on each side. Watermelon and pineapples are best grilled.
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