One of my favorites style of garnishes to work with is dehydrated fruit. They are so beautiful in color and provide an incredible depth to a cocktail. Since I love them, I want you to love them as well; therefore I'm going to share with you how you can make them yourself!
Its doesn't matter if its a Lemon, Lime, Orange, or Grapefruit the following steps can be applied to all of them. Just be sure to keep a close eye on them because too much dehydration can make them brittle and break.
- Turn your oven on and pre-heat to 200 degress
- Take your citrus fruit and cut them into thin wheel slices
- On a cookie sheet, place a piece of parchment paper down to cover the entire pan
- Place your nicely cut fruit on the parchment paper and put it into your pre-heated oven
And that's it!
The time to dehydrate will be about 6 to 8 hourse maybe a little longer depending on how good your knife skills are and your oven. Look at them every hour or so but dont open the oven until you think its really done. The change in temp can impact the process. You can tell when they are done by how they look...They will look dry and the rind will change color.
Store your beautiful fruit in a nice mason jar or something air tight. You can store them at room temp and they should be good for about a month but I've seen mine stay longer.
If this process seems difficult, you can always by a dehydrating machine but seriously...how much food are you dehydrating that you need a kitchen appliance for?? The major benefit to dehydrating your fruit is that you can use your about to go bad, your already juiced fruit, and your peeled fruit that you have been using for peeled garnishes in cocktails. Now you don't need to throw them out!
If all else fails, go to a restaurant supply store and buy them there. You might get lucky and find them at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or your local grocery store as well.
Get makin and Keep Mixing!!