How to Cut a Lemon into Wedges for Drinks

How to Cut a Lemon into Wedges for Drinks

For everything from cocktails to grilled fish, a lemon wedge is a must. Here's how to cut presentation-ready lemon garnishes.

1 Holding the lemon broadside against a cutting board, use a sharp chef's knife to cut off the pointy ends, just enough to leave a clean, flat edge.

2 Place one of the cut ends down on the cutting board and slice the lemon lengthwise, leaving two long halves.

3 Lay one of the halves cut side down, peel-side up, on the cutting board, and cut it in half again, lengthwise. Repeat with the other half so that you have 4 long quarters.

4 Cut each of the quarters in half again, lengthwise, slicing at a beveled angle.

5 Slice off the outer ⅛ inch of membrane on each wedge. This will allow you to push the seeds out easily with your finger.

6 To store, seal the wedges in an airtight container or zip-top bag and put them in the fridge. They can last up to 3 days.


Fresh lemonade offers a lot of refreshing flavor in return for very little effort. The secret is simple syrup—a solution of sugar and water that mixes easily into cool drinks and eliminates the problem of undissolved sugar granules sinking to the bottom. You can make this same recipe with limes.

Serves 4

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup lemon juice (from 3 to 4 big, juicy lemons)

1 cup ice

1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and ¾ cup water to create simple syrup. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Combine the lemon juice and the simple syrup in a pitcher. Add the ice and 2 cups of cold water, using more or less depending on the strength you desire.

3. Serve with lemon wedge garnishes or keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Down South, the mixture of iced tea with lemonade in equal proportions is called a Half and Half. Legend has it that Arnold Palmer, the famous American golfer, ordered this drink in a bar in Palm Springs circa 1960, and it became forever associated with him—thus the "Arnold Palmer." Some people say an Arnold Palmer is actually a Half and Half with a jigger of vodka, so the nonalcoholic version is a "Virgin Palmer." Replace the vodka with beer and you get a "Hard Palmer."