How to Make a Lemon or Lime Twist

Cocktails and beverages with citrus ingredients can be garnished using a lemon or lime twist. Citrus twists are easy to make, and they add visual appeal to your drink. It’s simple! Here’s how.

How to Make a Lemon or Lime Twist


  • 1 fresh ripe lemon or lime

You will also need

  • A sharp knife
Total Time: 2 Minutes
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Take a fresh lemon or lime. Slice a ring from it.
  • Make a slice through one side of the peel and the pulp, all the way up to the rind on the other side.
  • Cut the pulp off of the peel so that you have one long thin strip of peel.
  • Twist the peel into a curly-q shape. The peel should naturally hold its shape.
  • Use lemon or lime twists to garnish cocktails or beverages.
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Comments (7)Post a Comment

  1. shannon says:

    wow i never knew it was that easy

  2. Jerry says:

    I will try this at my home bar today. Great tip.

  3. smith says:

    How long do lemon twist’s stay fresh if refrigrated?

  4. Hannah says:

    Never knew this was so easy! I’m about to try it. I don’t think these could be expected to last long in the fridge. Proper cocktails are always made fresh, not made ahead–I think this should apply to the garnishes, as well.

  5. d& says:

    As a heads up to folks making this stuff the first time, get rid of that white stuff between the peel and the pulp (the pith). You can scrape it off with a knife, as with a lottery scratch-ticket.

    If you don’t, it adds a bitterness to the drink that isn’t generally intended. Bargle.

  6. Jeannie says:

    If you soak the twists in ice cold water for a few minutes then dry in papertowel they will hold the twist longer.

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