I'??ve always wanted to be a better bartender. I go through these phases where I swear to the heavens (or perhaps the local liquor store guy) that I'??m going to learn to make my own cocktails.
Then I try. I buy all the mixers and shake things up. The result...My cosmos could burn paint off of the walls. My mojitos taste like Orbitz gum. My mudslides taste like feet. #cocktailfail
My inability to do this grates on my nerves. Now at least I can turn all that grating into something pretty. Something that might make my beverages look the part. I can use the new all-in-one, universal Bartender's Garnishing Tool from Microplane.
Perfect for professional mixologists, at-home cocktail enthusiasts and posers like me, this sleekly designed and multi-functional tool does it all (although I wish it would mix something for me). Now I can effortlessly zests oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits, such as tangerines and grapefruit. With the built-in and razor-sharp garnishing blade, I can confidently create pro-style garnishes and delicate peels for topping all my "delicious" signature cocktails. It will also open beer bottles for those of you who are too scareddon'??t wish to dabble in my libations. Go ahead. Play it safe.
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Microplane has been around for years, fitting into the kitchen of top chefs and foodies with its spice graters, citrus zesters, peelers, meat tenderizers, etc. The dual razor-sharp blades of the Bartender's Garnishing Tools are crafted from their usual surgical-grade stainless steel made in the U.S.A. Even though it's sturdy and packs a sharp punch, this compact handy tool is lightweight, so it fits nicely (and safely) in your hand and stores flat in a kitchen or home bar drawer.
Dare I say you could also use this for things like pie and cake garnishes, or perhaps veggie floral adornments to your latest homemade sushi platter. Regardless of your use, you'll be garnishing like a pro. And I assure you, the next time my talent hands me lemons, I'??ll just reach for this.
The Bartender's Garnishing Tool is available for $19.95 exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.'?¨
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