How to make an orange wedge garnish

The orange wedge is the easiest garnish to cut and it can make a simple drink stand out. It looks great and if it fits the drink, extra taste fresh taste and aromas can be added this way. All you need for this simple cocktail tip is a sharp knife, a well-cleaned preferably organic orange / lemon / lime / citrus-fruit and a cutting-board. A sharp knife is much recommended as a dull one will squeeze the fruit instead of cutting it, making your orange look smashed and weird.

  1. Get your orange fruit, remove all plastic stickers and cut it in half from Top to bottom and not on the side.
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  2. Grab one half the orange and cut you wedge in your preferred size. Avoid cutting too big a wedge, as they can make it difficult for the person drinking the drink to balance it.
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  3. Trim off excessive skin from your orange wedge and clean it for seeds.
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  4. Cut in the middle of the from the fruit-side to the back and place it gently on the rim of your preferred drink. If it fit’s the drink, hold on to your wedge and run it along the rim of the glass.
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    Well done, enjoy your drink!

When shopping for oranges or citrus fruit in general, look for fruit that seems heavy for its size. Grab the fruit and give it a squeeze. Most ripe citrus fruit should give a bit when squeezed. If the fruit feels too firm, leave it on the shelf and try another one. A ripe orange should be firm with a thin, smooth skin and no soft spots. The riper the orange, the heavier the orange should feel for its size.The softer, the more ripe the fruit is. The choice of course depend on when you are planning to use your fruit. It might make sense to chose a firm Citrus fruit, if you are going to use it a week later, as it will get softer as it sits at home. The same thing cannot be said for sour versus sweetness. As soon as the fruit is picked it’s about as sweet as it will ever get, so don’t expect a sour orange to become sweeter.

A rule of thumb, is that ripe citrus fruit can be stored for around two weeks in the crisper drawer in your fridge or in an open bowl on the counter, if your home is relatively cool. Once you cut open the fruit it can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container or plastic wrap for up to five days.