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Scott Beattie

the genius: Scott Beattie
Author, Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus

Healdsburg, CA

It's easy to create an incredible dehydrated fruit cocktail garnish at home. Use a meat slicer, mandoline or extremely sharp knife to cut paper-thin slices of fresh fruit — several good ones are persimmons, apples or pears. Then set on a baking sheet in a 150-degree to 180-degree oven for about 5 hours, or until the fruit is dry. You could even use citrus if you soak it in simple syrup before dehydrating. The fruit sits beautifully on top of cocktails with an egg white or foam head.