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Old 05-05-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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How do I make lemon/lime twists?

I am wondering how bartenders make those really good looking lemon/lime twists that go on drinks (see image below)? I have a citrus zesting tool but I don't understand how they get it to be so tight and springy. Does anyone know the answer?



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Old 05-05-2009, 01:32 PM   #2
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Does your tool look like this?

Start the curl where the stem was and use the tool to go around the lime in a tight spiral.

Actually, you can do it anywhere on the lime if you carve out the peel in a tight spiral.
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What you want is a channel knife. The above knife is a zester AND a channel knife. The "channel" is the place in the middle of the above knife. Make a cut using that part long enough to tie or long enough to twist and curl.
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Yes I do have a tool like that. I am able to cut a strip of the lime/lemon but I'm not sure how to get it to be so tightly wound together. Is it a matter of how you cut the strip off or do you do something to it once it's cut?
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...Is it a matter of how you cut the strip off or do you do something to it once it's cut?

It's how you cut it. Cut in a spiral, not a straight line. A tight spiral will give you a tight curl. A wide spiral will give you a bigger looser curl.
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