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How to make curled citrus twists

This is a simple guide to show you how to make citrus twists that stay curled in your drink! I use a lemon twist every day in my espresso, so I've gotten quite a lot of practice at this. Enjoy!

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Start with very fresh citrus fruit-- if it is at all passed it's peak, it will be harder to cut the zest away from the white part (the pith).

Start with very fresh citrus fruit-- if it is at all passed it's peak, it will be harder to cut the zest away from the white part (the pith).

I am using organic Meyer lemons. The fruit does not have to be perfect, you can have a couple scratches here and there. Once the curls are made, any scratches won't be visible.

I am using organic Meyer lemons. The fruit does not have to be perfect, you can have a couple scratches here and there. Once the curls are made, any scratches won't be visible.

I have an OXO citrus twister. You can also use a very small, very sharp paring knife

I have an OXO citrus twister. You can also use a very small, very sharp paring knife

Start the twist in the middle of the fruit.

Start the twist in the middle of the fruit.

Keep twisting -- use an upward motion with your wrist.

Keep twisting -- use an upward motion with your wrist.

Lemons at various stages of being twisted. The one on the right has given almost as many twists as it will offer.

Lemons at various stages of being twisted. The one on the right has given almost as many twists as it will offer.

I use as much as possible.

I use as much as possible.

Now, the fun part- curling them. Wrap the twist around your cylindrical object-- this makes the curls.

Now, the fun part- curling them. Wrap the twist around your cylindrical object-- this makes the curls.

I have used a variety of objects including an olive fork, a dining spoon, a cocktail stir stick, and a chopstick. Anything of this size works.

I have used a variety of objects including an olive fork, a dining spoon, a cocktail stir stick, and a chopstick. Anything of this size works.

Let dry for a day, or overnight. Letting them dry completely allows them to stay curled while in the drink- this is perfect for a party.

Let dry for a day, or overnight. Letting them dry completely allows them to stay curled while in the drink- this is perfect for a party.

And voila!

And voila!

They stay curled, even in your drink. Perfect for your martini, or coffee.

They stay curled, even in your drink. Perfect for your martini, or coffee.

Coffee, with a twist!

Coffee, with a twist!

  • Lemon, orange or limes, whole
  • Twist cutter or very small sharp knife
  • Cylindrical object, like a chopstick or pencil