Half the fun of ordering a Bloody Mary at brunch is to see the various ways different bartenders will garnish your drink. Along with the traditional celery stalk, candied bacon, pickled okra, poached shrimp, cherry tomatoes, and even cubed cheese all find their way skewered and served, almost like a side salad, in a Bloody Mary. Like sprinkles on a triple-scoop ice cream cone or edible flowers on a beautiful cake, garnishes add interesting visual appeal - as well as aromatics and subtle flavor - to cocktails. These small elements can have a big impact on the finished drink, so take the extra few minutes required and don't skip them. The way a summer cocktail is presented is an important component of the drinking experience. If you are lucky enough to watch your cocktail being prepared, or you are preparing it yourself, your senses take in all of the sights, smells, sounds, and feel of the process – from juicing oranges, to slicing limes, crushing mint, etc. The garnish is the final touch, meant to complement the drink's flavors and tie everything together. Use these Sparkling Orange Wheels to garnish a Southern Sunrise cocktail or your favorite summer drink. Cut one small orange into six rounds and pick out the seeds. Microwave light corn syrup until it is warm, about five seconds. Use a small pastry brush to coat both sides and edges of the orange rounds with corn syrup, and then sprinkle with sugar. Place the orange slices on a wire cooling rack that has been set over a sheet of aluminum foil (to catch drips) and let them dry. 


Credit: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Thom Driver; Food Stylist: Tina Stamos

Recipe Summary

Makes 6


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  • Cut orange into 6 (1/8-inch-thick) rounds, and discard the seeds. Microwave corn syrup in a microwavable bowl on HIGH until warm, 5 seconds. Using a small brush, coat both sides and edges of rounds with corn syrup. Sprinkle with sugar. Place wheels on a wire rack to dry for 30 minutes; use within 2 hours.