Does your Sazerac need some zing? The essential oils in citrus peels are some of cocktails’ most unsung ingredients. But before you express the peel’s oils into a cocktail, you have to attain the peel by zesting the fruit.
The key to zesting citrus is a sharp knife. The sharper the edge on the blade, the less chance you have of harming yourself. When zesting, try and remove as little pith (the bitter white layer beneath the skin) as possible. If you are leaving a twist in a drink, make sure to clean up the edges of your twist for the best presentation.
- Sharp Knife Cut