Lemon zest is the outermost layer of the lemon’s skin, which contains essential oils that contribute to the fruit’s flavor and aroma.

yellow lemon zest
The lemon zest

In cocktails, lemon zest is often used as a garnish or added to the drink as a way to add a refreshing citrus note. To use the zest, the outermost layer of the skin is carefully removed using a zester or grater. The zest can be added directly to the drink or used to garnish the rim of the glass.

The aroma of lemon zest in cocktails is particularly important, as it can enhance the overall drinking experience. The aroma can be released as the drink is consumed, adding a refreshing and invigorating note to the cocktail. The aroma can also be enhanced by using a flame to release the oils in the zest, which can add a subtle smoky note to the drink.

Lemon zest can be used in a variety of cocktails, from classic drinks like the Lemon Drop Martini to modern creations like the Lemon Ginger Fizz.