Cleanse the orange and cut off the ends. Place the orange on the cutting board. Make use of a sharp kitchen knife and cut both sides of the orange in order to rid it of the stem and ends. [1]

    • Keep the orange steady while you’re doing this to ensure that it doesn’t slide or roll as you cut. [2]
    • You can make use of a chef’s knife or paring knife to accomplish this. It’s better when the knife is well-made.
    • Be aware when you use an edged knife. Be sure to keep your hands and fingers free from the blade, and remove the blade from your physique. [3]
  1. Cut the orange in the middle horizontally. Keep the orange in place by placing the thumb of one and your fingertips on the opposite side so that it won’t sway as the cutting. Cut straight through the middle, beginning from the stem’s flat end down to the rounded blossom end. [4]
    • You could also put the orange onto one side of the flat end and cut in the middle from top to bottom. This way.
  1. Create 3 diagonally even cuts that cut each piece into three wedges. Place both halves of the citrus flat side-on on the cutting board. Cut the peel diagonally from one side downwards until mid-way through the fleshy side of the cutting board. repeat the process for the second side of the orange to cut it into 3 equal wedges. The same process is done for the second portion of the citrus. [5]
    • It could require a few attempts to master splitting oranges into three perfectly straight wedges but continue to practice, and you’ll be able to achieve this feat in the near future!
  1. Cut a notch through the flesh until you can see the peel inside the middle of each wedge. Flip them over so they’re facing up onto the cutting table. Cut through the middle of each wedge until you get to the rind of the orange. [6]
    • Take care not to cut across the citrus wedges. However, don’t fret If you do make a mistake. You can always make a meal of it!
    • If you’d like smaller wedges, cut each big wedge in half, and then cut a notch through one of the smaller wedges.
  1. Place the wedges on the rims of drinks glasses to add garnish. The notch you made in the wedge of orange over the edge of a glass until it lays there by itself. Try adding garnishes to cocktails like Margaritas, Dark and Stormies or Bloody Marys. Put the wedges on non-alcoholic drinks such as freshly squeezed lemon juice or iced tea and glasses of ice water. [7]
    • Other cocktails that work well with orange wedges include Pimm’s Cups and Gin Fizzes.
    • To enjoy a non-alcoholic drink, you can add a slice of orange to the glass of ice water, lemon-lime soda or orange juice, or a mocktail made of frozen juice. [8]
    • If you’re drinking a drink that has an orange wedge garnish, You can put the wedge in your drink to add more orange flavor. You could also take it off the rim and then eat it!

Making Wheels and Slices

  1. Cut off both ends of the orange. Place the orange upside down on a cutting board, and keep it in place with the edges. Use a sharp chef’s knife or paring blade to trim the upper and lower edges off. [9]
    • Take care when cutting an orange using an abrasive knife. Make sure you’ve got a solid grip on it to ensure it doesn’t slide or roll. Keep your hands and fingers out of the blade.
  1. Cut the orange into round pieces that are the thickness you want, starting from one end. Make sure the orange is held steady with the two sides. Begin cutting from one end, cutting straight through the horizontal orange, keeping your fingers and the hand holding the orange out of the way while you cut. Continue cutting until you’ve cut the entire orange into equal wheels. [10]
    • Wheels that are around 11 4. in (0.64 centimeters) thick can be a great size to drink if you’re certain of the size you should make them.
  1. Slice each one in half if you would like orange slices for your drinks. Place a flat wheel on your cutting board. cut it right through the middle to create two even slices. Repeat this process for each wheel and cut them into equally sized slices. [11]
    • You can also keep half of the orange in wheels and cut the wheels into pieces, in case you’d like a variety of different garnishes for drinks.
    • Cut a notch in those wheels. You can also cut them into slices if you intend to display them in glasses. Create a notch by cutting a hole from the other edge of the wheel to the center of each wheel. Cut a hole within each flesh slice that is nearly to the peel of an orange. [12]
    • It is possible to skip this step when you intend to place the slices or wheels directly into the drink instead of in the glass.
    • Place your wedges and wheels on glasses, or put them into pitchers or glasses. Try garnishing glasses with drinks or pints of beers like wheat beers and citrusy beer with pieces of wheels and wedges. Put some wheels or wedges in pitchers of drinks such as Margaritas and Sangria to dress them up and give them a citrus taste. [13]
    • For instance, if you prepare a pitcher of Screwdrivers using vodka and orange juice to have brunch with your friends, then you can throw the whole orange wheel right into the bowl. Then, you can use a few slices to decorate individual glasses to serve.
    • It is also possible to add the oranges that are in pints by inserting a wheel into the beer itself and then placing the wedge on the edge of your pint glass.
    • For a refreshing, tropical dessert, add an orange slice to the skewer, along with other fruit like pineapples and cherries. [14]


Cutting Orange Twists

  1. Cut off the bottom of an orange, then place the cut side down on the cutting board. Stand an orange in a sideways position on a cutting table and employ a sharp knife to cut off the top end. Place the orange up straight onto the cutting board and place the edge you cut down against it. [15]
    • This helps to stabilize the orange as you slice the peel to create the twist. Once you’re comfortable cutting the peel, then you can decide not to do this step.
  1. Make use of a paring knife to slice off a thin oval from the orange peel. Begin with the uppermost point, and just only cut the peel. Cut the peel downwards and then away from the orange until you’ve cut off a thin oval-shaped portion from the orange. [16]
    • It’s okay if there’s a little bit of pith, also known as the white rind, that is still attached to the peel, but you should not take a large chunk of it. If you do some, you can cut the pith’s white layer off the peel using a paring knife.
    • It’s up to you what size you’ll need to create your twist of orange. You are free to play around with different sizes of ovals until you find the one that works best for you and the drink you’re creating.