How often have you had a cocktail with an orange wheel—a horizontal slice of orange?
How would you feel about another shape?
An unnamed Japanese bartender cut hexagonal orange garnishes for an Aperol Spritz. They look great, don’t they?
The problem is, the oranges were shaped in a hexagonal mold while growing (like the Japanese square watermelons).
So, we can’t cut hexagons that include the orange peel, as in the photograph. But we can cut hexagons without the peel—or triangles, or squares.
We found it easier to first slice the orange in half, then in slices; and then we trimmed each slice into the hexagon. Use a very sharp knife!
Other round citrus, like Meyer lemons and Key limes, work as well.
Nothing is wasted: Save the scraps of orange and peel and make ice cubes with them.
Just plop them into each cube section, fill with water and freeze.
Hexagon cocktail garnish (photo courtesy Aperol Spritz | Facebook).
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