It is already March 13, which means that St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Make cool little green garnishes with fresh fruits for your St. Paddy’s cocktails. I came up with these DIY decorations that are fun, really easy to make, and  inexpensive.

 garnishes 1

I used the fruits that I had on hand ( apple, orange, lime, lemon ).  I cut them in semi-thick slices.

garnishes 2

I put water in the bottom of a baking dish, and added about 15 drops of green food colouring. Then put my fruit slices into the dish. I let the fruit soak in the water for around 2 hours, and turned them once.  Be careful,  food coloring will stain your clothes. It can discolour your fingers a bit, but it will come off easily after a good wash.

garnishes 3

 Banana and lemon do not work well.

garnish 4

The lime and the apple stay firm in texture.

garnish 5

You can create original shape with mini cookie cutters.  They are available at many specialty baking stores.

Here’s a little inspiration to jazz up your cocktails.