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Generic description of a thin ribbon-like paring of outer citrus (lemon, orange, or lime) skin (peel) sharply flexed (twisted) to express fruit oils over the surface of a drink. Not (incorrectly) to be slapped about the lip of the glass, or simply thrown in before the drink is poured. When cited without any other descriptor, a lemon twist is meant.


citrus oil


Generally available.

Usage examples

This ingredient appears in 12 recipes in CocktailDB.
pictureVermouth Aperitif
pictureLondon Buck
pictureBee Bee Hot
pictureBee Bee
pictureRural Punch
pictureRob Roy (dry)

Museum of the American Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail 2006
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