How to Make Your Own Citrus Garnishes

All natural, easy to make citrus garnishes are an easy and delicious way to upgrade your at home cocktail making! These simple and gorgeous citrus slices add a pop of color to your NA drinks, whether you are hosting or bartending for one. 


These garnishes are so easy to make. All you need is about 5-10 minutes of active time, an oven to dry them in, and a few hours of time to wait while they dehydrate. 

I used blood oranges and tangelos, but this method will work with a variety of citrus including:

  • Naval Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes

Ingredients + Tools

  • Citrus
  • Serrated Knife
  • Parchment Paper 

How to Make Your Garnishes

Preheat the oven to 200°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a sharp serrated knife, slice the citrus very thinly (about ¼ inch or thinner). The thinner the slices, the quicker they will dry out!
Gently blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. I didn't do this on my first try, and it cost me some extra drying time! 

Arrange on a lined baking sheet, leaving some space between the slices. 

Bake at 200°F for 2-4 hours, flipping every 30 minutes to make sure the orange slices don't burn.
Flipping the slices gives you the chance to check how dry they are. I continued to blot the slices every time I flipped them. Some slices will dry quicker than others, so be sure to remove individual slices once they are hard & dry.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely to room temperature before storing. Store in an airtight container.

I used mine to garnish my drink from our Social Sampler Kit. How are you using yours? We want to see! Show off your bartending skills and tag us on Instagram (@dri.kit) for a chance to be featured on our page. We can't wait to see! 

- Elizabeth

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