I'll admit, even for a trained bartender like me, making perfect lemon twists to garnish a drink can be a pain in the butt. To help you out, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: the easy way to make these pretty little garnishes. Don't worry, no special gadget is required, the only tools you'll need are a wooden or metal skewer and a knife. To learn the technique that can be applied to any citrus, complete with flipbook style step-by-step pictures,
- Turn the lemon on its side. Cut 1/2 inch off the top and bottom.
- Stand the lemon up on one of the just cut sides. Using the knife carefully cut in a circle along the peel of the lemon. You want to remove all of the flesh.
- Cut along the white pith in order to ensure that all of the flesh is removed and only the peel remains. Flip, if necessary and cut a circle along the bottom.
- Slice open the peel on one side with a careful incision.
- Using your fingers carefully remove the flesh.
- Roll the peel into a spiral.
- Slide onto a skewer and set aside for 45 minutes to an hour.
- When you are ready for lemon twists, simply slice a small 1/8-1/4 inch piece from the rolled up lemon. Voila you have a lemon twist!