There is no doubt that a stunning cocktail garnish draws people’s attention and can easily increase sales in your bar or restaurant and is also the perfect way to create a unique event experience when the drinks are designed around a specific theme.
This Coral garnish idea came to our mind when we were to design drinks for a movie screening ‘Chasing Coral’ which was held to raise awareness in the increasing issues such as rising temperatures, disappearing species and large scale changes happening around the world which all have devastating effects for the planet’s future.
As a company we have the responsibility of doing everything in our power to operate as sustainable as possible and help spreading the word to get more and more businesses and individuals get on board with an environmentally conscious way of living.
This is certainly a topic we are passionate about and will definitely expand on in another post but for now let’s move our attention to the focus of the day, which is showing you how to create the lovely coral garnish.
Basic Coral Tuile
10 g Plain White Flour
10 g Coconut Oil*
*You can use a different type of vegetable oil, however coconut oil is easy to work with and gives a lovely flavour to the garnish.
1.5 tbsp Coconut Oil for Cooking
Flat Small Frying Pan
Oil protector (optional)
Squeeze Bottle (optional)
- Measure all the ingredients carefully using the scale and put together in a bowl. Make sure to whisk them thoroughly – you should get a nice and smooth consistent mixture.
- Heat up the frying pan with 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil on a medium high heat. If you are using a very small pan you may need less oil (it should just slightly cover your coral mixture) To check If it’s hot enough add a little drop of water to the pan (if it starts sizzling it’s ready!)
- To make your coral garnish, transfer the liquid to a squeeze bottle, however If you don’t have one, you can pour it directly from a bowl or use a ladle or a spoon.
- Pour the mixture to the hot frying pan but make sure that the layer is not too thick, once the mixture is in the pan it will start sizzling and splashing the oil so be careful (best way of avoiding the splattering is using the splatter protector.
- The coral will be ready once the sizzling stopped and all the water in the mixture has evaporated.
- If the corners of the coral garnish start getting brown remove the pan from the heat and move around the oil so it would finish cooking from the remaining heat. It should take around 1 minute for your coral garnish to be ready and the water to fully evaporate. If it takes much longer, try adjusting the heat until you see the desired results. Alternatively if it seems to burn or fry too quick, lower the temperature.
- Once the mixture has cooked it will be easy to remove from the pan. It will be quite oily so it is best to place it on a paper towel or a napkin to absorb the excess oil.
Once you have mastered the basic coral garnish feel free to experiment and try our blue tea coral garnish. Blue tea is a perfect way of adding colour to your garnish because it is completely natural and organic. Alternatively you can use food colouring, however we found that the Butterfly Pea Flower tea works easier and creates a beautiful sea-like effect.
Blue Coral Garnish
10 g Plain White Flour
10 g Coconut Oil
30g Blue Tea
The method of creating the blue cocktail garnish is exactly the same as for the basic one.
Good luck and hopefully you will find this article useful in creating your own beautiful coral garnishes!