Flair Lesson 88: Tin Garnish #3 – Two Limes


Today’s flair lesson is more garnish flair. Bottle and tin flair is great fun, but garnish flair can be really effective 1) when you don’t have lots of extra time to flair bottles but still want to give your guests a little something extra, 2) as a perfect way to end a longer sequence or flair routine, either for your guests or at a competition, or 3) when you’re new to flair bartending and need some easier-to-learn moves.

I’m using a 28 oz. weighted cocktail shaker in this video, like I use for nearly all of my flair lessons. The weight on the bottom helps smooth out the rotation of the shaker.

Before anyone barks at me and tells me this move is unsanitary because you are putting the garnish on the back of your hand: I know, sort of. If you wash your hands frequently at work like you should be doing, I don’t see how this is any less sanitary than touching the fruit with your fingertips – I’d imagine the back of your hand is actually more sanitary as you touch less things with it than you do your fingertips. Either way, it’s a moot point. If your guest likes it, do it. If they don’t, save it for competitions or exhibition flair.

The Tin Garnish #3 works best with limes though lemons and oranges should work just fine, too. They are generally a little bigger which can make them a little more difficult to accurately snatch them out of the air without sending them flying across the room. But, you know, practice, practice, and you’ll get get it down.

One lime is placed on the knuckles of your outstretched fingers; the other lime is placed squarely on the back of your hand. As you flick your wrist to propel the limes in the air, this should allow the lime on your knuckles to travel higher, while the lime on the back of your hand will fly shorter (this is the first lime you catch.)

The key to getting this flair lesson – other than practice, practice – is to practice each lime separately. Like all “2 item” moves, you should remove one of the items and then mimic the motion of it still being there. In this instance, start with just the first lime at the back of your hand. Practice tossing it up, catching it, and mimicking through the motion of snatching the second lime. Got that down? Good. Now move the lime to the front of your hand – this will be the 2nd lime that you throw higher and catch last. Practice tossing it up, go through the motion of catching the first lime – even though it’s not there – then snatch the actual second lime. Once you’re comfortable with the movement and can catch the lime in either position, add the 2nd lime and do the whole maneuver.

Be sure to focus on the lime that you are catching. Looking ahead to the next lime in anticipation will make it harder to catch each one. One lime at a time.