DIY Project: Edible Garnishes for Glasses

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Whenever I go to an event, the glasses catch my eye. Standing there, all in a row, catching the light and sparkling, no matter if it's bright sunlight or romantic candlelight.
 

 
It's an image of anticipation of the celebration to come,scintillatingwith promise.
 
I suppose it's because I love this sparkling vision already that I'm always seeking to highlight it and make it even more special. That's why I came up with an idea to create edible embellishments to adorn your glasses. They're easy, cost next to nothing, and can be made to go along with any theme.
 
Signature cocktail rimmed in pink sugar and embellished with a rice paper edible butterfly.
 

First, I had the idea to use punches. For this embellishment, I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch:
 

 
I could have used paper and cautioned people not to eat the decoration, but that's really not my style. If it's on food, I like it to be made of an edible material. (That's why I'm so obsessed with making edible cupcake toppers, by the way.) I experimented with using rice paper, also called wafer paper. It worked gorgeously, and easily made semi-translucent, white, edible shapes.
 
The shapes were beautiful as they were, but I wanted more, so I started experimenting with coloring and embellishing the rice paper shapes. Edible food coloring markers work well--especially if you want to write on the glass decorations. Dusting with petal dust and luster dust proved to be the best way to give soft, overall color to the punched-out shapes.
 
Edible flower and pink sugar decorating a signature cocktail.
 
 
When I tried to add disco dust to the butterfly to make it sparkle, using vodka to wet it down (a classic cake decorating trick) simply dissolved the fragile shape and made a gummy mess. A very light spray of canola oil worked gorgeously, however, to help the disco dust stick to the butterfly.
 
I rimmed the glass with pink sugar crystals, and filled with a signature cocktail. The butterfly was attached to the glass with a tiny dab of clear piping gel. The flower (made by layering two flower punches over each-other and gluing together with a small dab of the piping gel) was attached to the glass by cutting a slit into the middle of the flower, and simply sliding it on the glass. Both techniques worked equally well. The shape of the punch would dictate which method would look best.
 
The sugar crystals rimming the glass are entirely optional. The rice paper punch embellishments look just as beautiful on their own.
Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido