Whenever possible, use only fresh fruit. Wash the peel before using. Fruit can be cut in wedges or in slices. If slices are used, they should be cut about one quarter inch thick and slit toward the center to fix the slice on the rim of the glass. Make sure your garnishes are fresh and cold as well.

When mixing drinks containing fruit juices, always pour the liquor last. Squeeze and strain fruit juice before using them to ensure freshness and good taste. Avoid artificial and [concentrated substitutes.

When recipes call for a twist of lemon peel, rub a narrow strip of peel around the rim of the glass to deposit the oil on it. Then twist the peel so that the oil will drop into the drink (one drop is sufficient). Then drop the peel into the glass. The lemon oil gives added character to the cocktail, which many folks prefer.

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