How to Make Lime Twists Without a Channel Knife


Most cocktails that need a twist call for lemon, but limes work as well. The lime peel or skin is unfortunately very thin and fragile and does not yield much juice or flavor when a channel knife makes the twists. Lime twists, unlike lemon twists, must retain some of their flesh to add any real flavor to a cocktail. Easily make lime twists by implementing a simple method for another common cocktail garnish.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Dishcloth or paper towels
  • Sharp or paring knife
  • Limes
  • Rinse the limes thoroughly under a running faucet, then pat them dry with a paper towel or dishcloth. Any debris or leftover fruit sprays can alter the flavors of the lime twists, which may affect the taste of cocktails.

  • Place a lime on the cutting board and hold one half of it firmly between your thumb and fingers. Cut down through exposed half of the lime with the paring knife, cutting the lime into thin wheels.

  • Lay the wheels onto the cutting board and cut halfway through each, from the center of the wheel to the outer rind.

  • Grab a wheel on either side of the cut rind, then gently pull and twist each end in an opposite direction to create a lime twist.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more traditional looking lime twist without any real flavor, cut the flesh from the wheel, then gently pull and twist the remaining rind.
  • Cut each twist when needed to keep them fresher and to be able to choose between using a lime twist or wheel as a garnish.
  • Try this method for other citrus fruits.

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