Whether you’re working in a high volume cocktail bar or just setting up for Taco & Margarita night, you might need a lot of lime wedges. Ideally, you could cut your lime wedges in a way that removes the bitter, stringy white “pith.”

Today’s video is a super quick tip to show you the fastest way I’ve found for cutting lime wedges and removing the pith.

Lime Wedges Without the Pith:

Step 1:

Remove the ends.

First, cut off the ends off your lime. This gives you a better grip and removes quite a bit of he pith.

Step 2:

Cut on each side of the middle, to create three pieces.

Notice that white-looking fiber in the middle portion (on the left)? That’s the pith.

Now take a look on the right. No pith!

Step 3:

Cut the two “outside” pieces into wedges.

You might also want to cut a slit in the middle so you can slide them onto the glass.


Hopefully this tip will save you a little time behind the bar. I will point out, there is slightly more lime wasted than cutting lime wedges the conventional way, so you’ll have to make your own call on what’s more important: your time or your cost of limes.

Do you bother to remove the pith from your wedges? If so, how do you do it? Let us know in the comments!

Chris Tunstall

Co-Founder of A Bar Above and career bartender and mixologist. I love experimenting, creating cocktails, and drinking Green Chartreuse.