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Tell me about the garnishes you enjoy using for various cocktails.

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Bartending interview

Cherries and olives and basil, oh my! There are limitless options of ways you can enhance the appearance and the flavor of a drink through simple garnishes.

Give a few examples of your favorite cocktails with garnishes to show off your knowledge and expertise. Think about ways you can jazz up your average Bloody Mary. And what makes your Mojito so unique? It's all about the way you make the drink.

Fun fact: Do you know why it's essential to give basil a good smack with your palm before you serve it in a drink? This is because it unleashes the aroma and impacts the flavor released into the drink. Wow your interviewer by showing them your interest and knowledge of garnishes through basic research and trying them out on your friends.

Basic answer example
"I like to make fun garnishes like citrus and herb-infused salts for margaritas, herbed ice cubes, and edible stir sticks. There are so many fun ways to dress up a cocktail."
Entry Level answer example
"At this point in my bartending career, I have used the usual garnishes such as lemon and lime wedges, citrus twists, olives, cherries, and spicy marinated beans. I look forward to working with a cocktail-driven bar like yours where I can experiment more with garnishes like Grand Marnier soaked cherries, and infused ice cubes."
Experienced answer example
"I enjoy playing around with garnishes. The last garnish idea I incorporated into our summer cocktail menu were house-made lollipops for cosmopolitans. They acted like a fun stir stick too. I also have our kitchen make candied fruit strips."

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Tell me about the garnishes you enjoy using for various cocktails.
Limes, lemons, straberries, oranges, cherries, olives.
Bacon in a Bloody Mary, cocktail onions, strawberries.
Lemon twist, cherry, rim of salt, and olive are my favorites.
Lime and orange garnishes tend to give most drinks a finishing touch, and a fine accent to s well made drink.
That could run into volumes, but a favorite of mine is to take two wheels, lime, cucumber, etc, slice them to the 1/2 way point, then splice the two together to form the outling of a orb or ball. place this in the empty martini glass upright. then when you pour and straing the cocktail int the glass the garnish suddenly will float and tip over and become a pinwheel or paddle wheel spinning in the drink . a bit gimmiky, but it does add motion to something that generally does not have that quality.
I enjoy simple yet sophisticated garnishes making sure they suit and complement the drink.
I enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Cucumbers, jalapenos, pineapple leaves are all "different" garnishes and they add a lot of character and appeal to a drink.
Olives, pineapple, cherry, lemon, lime, orange.
I enjoy putting flags on beverages that call for them hurricane (fruity drinks)
Sugar rim, chocolate shavings, kiwi fruit.
All the fruits, Tea drinks always get a lemon, tropical drinks usually get a cherry, or pineapple to maybe an orange, depending upon it accenting the liquor flavors. for example rum drinks like a mai tai, hurricane, or pina colada would get a cherry. Some tropical drinks I might add a pineapple wedge. All lime based margaritas get a lime.
Cherry for whiskey sour and apple martini, and onions for vodka gibson.
Usually twists or cherry on whipped cream, lemon or lime on everything.
I like the idea of putting salt around one section of the glass. I also like lighting a flame under an orange or lemon.
Lemon twists fruists or syrups.
Olives, pearl onions, twists and cherries for martinis and manhattans, orange, maraschino cherries, pineapples, lime and lemon wedges, cucumbers, celery sticks and cherry tomatoes for specialty drinks.
Lemon twist, cherries and cocoa on specialty coffee.
I like using orange peel and I enjoy cutting pineapples. I also like using jalapeno garnish. It's cool.
I always keep it simple cherry in sweet, lemons or limes for sour, and lots of pickles veggies for bloody marys.
Curtis fruit, cherries, umbrella.
Orange/Lemon twists or slices, cherries, mint leaves, and olives.
For ceasars I like to use celery and olives, and to make my own glass rimmer with salt and various different pepper corns. A manhattan on the rocks ill garnish with a slice of orange and bourboned cherries. With craft cocktials I typically like to use fresh herbs, rosemary and basil leaves.
Mint leaves, leme wheels, strawberry fan, dehidrated lemon, watermelon slice and so on.
Margarita lime, hurricane cherry orange, long island lemon, dirty martini olive.
I enjoy sugaring rims of the glasses or using different fruits to make a drink look presentable.
Olive Onion, Orange, Pineapple, Cherry, Cucumber, Lime and lemon, strawberry,
Limes and lemons and mint.
Orange, lime, lemon slices. Lemon twists. Orange spirals. Cherries.
I'd love to use a watermelon and lime as a garnish we can created any style of garnish with watermelon and lime.
I love lemon and lime wedges for my cocktail. I also enjoy pineapple slices and orange slices for my daiquiri drinks. I garnish almost everything with a cherry.
Sugar Lemon Orange Strawberry Banana Cherry.
Lemon, lime wheels, citrus peels, expresso beans.
I like to use what ever fresh fruit is available, oranges lime strawberries.
Limes for drinks with tonic and margaritas, flags with orange/cherry for sweet & sour drinks and tropical drinks, lemon wedge for long island drinks,
Celery for a caesar is a must, lemon in everything.
Fresh fruit, flower, mint, lemon.
Orange zest, lemon twist, rosemary.
For margarita use limes, old fashion is cherries and an orange slice, lemon on water, olive, pickles, or limes for bloody marys.
Lime lemon, sugar, spice.
Pineapples, oranges, cherries, lemon, lime, Sugar, salt, chocolate, apples.
I really enjoy cherries, lemon or lime twists, orange slices and olives. They add the finishing touch to the cocktail. It wouldnt be the same if you didnt add them.
Cherry, lime, orange wheel, pineapple, lemons, olives.
I like using mint a lot for the aromatics of it. As cliche as they might seem, I enjoy using different sugar or candy rims sometimes, as guests seem to love the taste and visual.
Mint, cucumber, all kind of berries and natural flavor syrups, fruits.
Pickled asparagus for bloody marys.
I love using all types of garnishes for drinks. This is ultimately the time to get really creative. Typically cherry, lemons, limes are your basic garnishes but nuts, candies, and summer fruits like kiwi and watermelon can be fun and tasty too!!!
I love fresh strawberries lime wheels and olives.
I love using oranges, pineapple and cherrys for the more beachy type of cocktails. Olives for my dirty/dry martinies. Then limes for most drinks.
Orange peel then flame its zest amazing.
Favorite garnish is the cucumber in chilled shot of gin, or in a suffering bastard. It is an example of a garnish that is indispensable in reaching a certain flavor profile. I also like to use the center of the pineapple that is tough yet flavorful for a garnish in pint glass.
Cherries, olives, oranges, limes.
Love to add cherrys to all my Manhattas.
I enjoy using garnishes beacause it makes all the drink looks presentable and with passion.
Lemon wedge, lemon slice, Orange slice, cherry. Olives. Coffee beans.
Orange peel, strawberry and ice cubes with slices of fruits.
Pineapple with pineapple leafs and red cherry.
Cucumber, mint, fresh limes and lemons.
Cherrys, pineapple, limes.
Cream - exciting to drink throu.
I like the look of a twist, I was instructed to twist the oil into the glass then rub the yellow part of the lemon around the rim.
Mint leaves, oranges, celery, sugarcane, limes, lemon, cherries, olives.
Mint and basil are my favorite garnishes to use.
I would like to use orange slice an some lemon peel.
Olives for martinies, orange twists for tequila sunrise. Lychees for exotic fruity punch drinks,
Lime, cherries, pineapples, jalepenos, olives, oranges, cocktail onions, pickles.
Lemon peel, wedgesa, orange, pine apple, cucmber.
I enjoy adding more than one garnish. For me personally I enjoy eating that nice piece of fruit and I tend to usually ask for extra.
Lime Wedges, Lime Wheels, Orange Slices, Berries, Cherries, any garnish really! A garnish makes the drink presentation look great and people love it.

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