Fruit in drinks is great! In fact, we think slicing fresh fruit for your wedding cocktails is always a DIY wedding win. It adds a little visual indication to the flavors of the drink as well as providing an extra splash of that fruity flavor. There are typically two kinds of people when it comes to fruit garnishes, the ones who eat it first, to warm their taste buds up for what they are about to experience, and the ones who eat it last, because they want to give the fruit that little bit of extra time to absorb some of the alcohol. Either way you go, we think the fruit garnish adds a little additional freshness to mixed drinks.
So, if you’ve got a friend who has always mixed the drinks for your group and who offered to bartend your wedding as their wedding gift to you, we have everything they need to know about how to properly prepare the fruit.
To start, always wash the fruit before use. This cleans any residual pesticides and other chemicals from the surface.
Next, for lemons, oranges, or other citrus, cut off the ends so you will have similar/even slices and not the ugliness of the end bits.
Slice the fruit in half long ways, like a hot dog bun.
Separate the slices and put the sliced/middle part down on the cutting board to provide a steady surface. Cut each half into thin slices, you should get about 5-6 slices from one half or 10-12 slices per whole lemon. The amount of slices is a little less for limes and a little more for oranges and other larger fruit.
Cut halfway up the middle, from the inside edge, of each slice so that the slice will sit on the rim of the glass you are using.
For smaller fruit, such as berries, make sure to wash the fruit before you drop it in.
For softer fruit, such as peaches, wash it whole and then cut a thin sliver out of it and drop it in. Softer fruits won’t sit on rims, so don’t even worry about it and just put it in the liquid, just as you would smaller fruits.
Our method of cutting fruit for garnishes reaps a larger amount of slices per fruit than if you were to cut the fruit into wedges, which would only lead to 4-6 pieces per whole lemon. Therefore, cutting fruit as instructed above means that you would have to buy less fruit for your event, helping to save you money in the long run. This is just one more way you can take a little time and have a do-it-yourself wedding.