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Lemon Twists

A Lemon Twist is a piece of lemon skin with the white pith still attached (unlike zest.) It is used as a garnish in beverages.

Ideally, the piece of lemon skin will be 1 to 2 inches (2 1/2 to 5 cm) long.

You twist the skin before you drop it into a beverage. Twisting it helps to release the oils in the peel.

Most bars prepare them in advance for the evening.

Cooking Tips

Cut both ends off a lemon, so that it ends up barrel-shaped.

With a spoon, scrape, scoop and force all the pulp out from inside.

Make 1 slice down the skin, so that it is now a strip.

Roll the strip up tightly, like a tight, miniature Swiss roll.

Now, slice off 1/8 inch (3mm) strips.

Storage Hints

You can refrigerate them, wrapped in a damp paper towel or cloth, for up to 1 day. After that, they will start to dry out on you, and discolour.

See also:


Eureka Lemon; Lemon Butter; Lemon Extract; Lemon Juice; Lemon Oil; Lemon Twists; Lemon Zest; Lemons; Lisbon Lemon; Meyer Lemon; Sfusato Lemons

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Oulton, Randal. "Lemon Twists." CooksInfo.com. Published 11 September 2004; revised 03 October 2007. Web. Accessed 03/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/lemon-twists>.

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