Microplane's new bartender garnishing tool
OK, you’ve loved those various Microplane tools for grating Parmesan or citrus zest. There are a zillion different models for different purposes. Pretty clever from a company that once specialized in woodworking tools.
The company's latest is the Bartender’s Garnishing Tool, which not only works as a zester and grater but also opens bottles! Yeah!
The downside is that this compact gadget is no beauty. I’d love to see what an Alessi designer would do with the same basic concept. But it works: The surgical-grade stainless steel blade finely grates lime zest, and that little hole at the top, well, that has a blade that will neatly create a strip of zest or other garnish. It’s touted as performing that task without including any of the white pith.
But I couldn’t manage that trick. Every one of my strips, however lightly I dragged the blade across the citrus skin, included a light veil of white. No matter, it’s easy enough to remove it with the flat of a paring knife.
Think gift for the itinerant bartender or cocktail enthusiast.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photos: Bartender's garnishing tool. Credit: S. Irene Virbila / Los Angeles Times.