The cherries that are mostly used are the Maraschino cherries. This is a type of cherry that is ideal for cocktails because they are sweet. They can also be used for mock-tails ( non-alcoholic Cocktails) They are used to garnish Martinis and Manhattans.
There are different types of olives. They come in jars in the supermarket. They are used to garnish Gin martinis and vodka martinis. They are not used for fruity martinis.
Whipped cream comes in flavours from chocolate to free whipped cream. It is used for many drinks like the Irish coffee. It can also go well with a strawberry daiquiri.
Apple slices go well with Martinis
Bananas are rarely used but if you plan to use them you can use a quarter inch especially on drinks with banana liqueur.
They vary from raspberries, blueberries, blackberries among others. The classic way for garnishing is inserting a cocktail stick on the berries then rest it on the drink.
One can use cotton candy, candy cane or mini candy bars.
Once you wash the celery and cut the leaves it can be used for Bloody Mary.
Chocolate shavings can be made with a grater and sprinkled on the drink.
Coffee beans are used on one signature cocktail. The Sambuca. One drops three beans. The three beans each represent health, wealth and happiness.
Mint is used on mohitos like I did here.It is also used for mint juleps.
These are wedged with the cover on. They are used as a garnish for tropical mixed drinks.
This is used to rim the glasses. The salt used is the Kosher salt but you can use table salt is this is not available. One simply moists the glass rim with lime and then places the glass on a tray /plate with salt.
It is used to garnish Bloody Marys and salty Dogs.
Sugar can be used to rim glasses too. It can be white or coloured.
Strawberries are cut in half or used whole like this. They are used for Daiquiris or Margaritas.
This is how you use things in your kitchen to garnish like a pro.