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Video:How to Make a Lemon Spiral

with Gretchen Siegchrist

Add some pizazz to your cocktail by draping a lemon spiral over the rim of the glass. Learn how to make this garnish at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Lemon Spiral

Hi, I'm Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make a lemon spiral.

Lemon spirals look fancy, but they are actually very easy to make, and they make a nice addition to drinks and cocktails.

Start the Lemon Spiral

You will need a lemon zester like this one. Begin by washing and drying the lemons.

Using the blade in the middle of the zester, start at the top of the lemon and cut in a spiral all the way around.

Twist the Lemon

Pressing the blade firmly into the lemon peel with one hand, use your other hand to slowly twist the fruit. You want to go deep enough that you grab a good chunk of the peel, but not so deep that you puncture the fruit.

If you are really talented, you may be able to make it all the way down the lemon in one cut. But most likely, the peel will break off about halfway down.

Add the Lemon Spiral to a Drink

When it comes off, the peel will be slightly twisted, but you may have to do a bit of manual adjustment to get a really good spiral.

Now you can drop the lemon twist right in a drink, or artfully lay it over the rim of a glass.

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