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A lemon twist is more than just a pretty cocktail garnish; the aromatic oils in the lemon peel add flavor to the drink, too. There are different ways to make a lemon twist, some more complicated than others. This method strikes a nice balance between simplicity and visual appeal:
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest from a lemon in 1×4-inch strips, avoiding as much of the white pith as possible. Trim the edges of each strip neatly, and then cut in half lengthwise. Holding a skewer over the cocktail glass, wrap a strip of zest around the skewer and then slide it off into the glass. The twist will uncoil slightly but should hold a loose corkscrew shape in the drink.