Proper presentation can make or break a cocktail. Just as some professional drinkers see the olive as the defining moment for a martini, others might argue that only real coconut can make an exotic drink truly tropical. Unfortunately, whole coconut works terribly as a garnish. The key to getting coconut to stick to the top of a martini glass lies in shredded coconut. Whether store-bought or home-shred, shredded coconut atop a martini glass provides real coconut for every sip.
Things You'll Need
- 2 bread plates
- Rich simple syrup
- Shredded coconut
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Pour 1 to 1.5 oz. rich simple syrup onto a bread plate, spreading the liquid to cover the plate's surface.
Pour 1/2 cup coconut onto the other bread plate, spreading it evenly across the surface.
Gently press the martini glass's lip onto the plate with the rich simple syrup, covering the entire lip and rotating the glass back and forth a few times. If the lip's circumference is larger than the plate's, dip one side of the lip, then rotate the lip until the whole circumference has been wetted.
Gently press the martini glass's lip into the plate with the coconut shavings, covering the entire for 5 to 10 seconds. Rotate the glass back and forth to let the shavings attach. If the glass's circumference is larger than the plate's, then dip one side of the lip into the shavings, slowly turning the glass a few times until the lip is covered.
Set the glass aside for later use.