One of the easiest ways to make a mixed drink go from ordinary to gorgeous is to add a rim to the cocktail glass. This simple touch can go a long way in presenting a drink in an attractive way, and knowing the proper way to rim a cocktail glass is essential for any bartender, whether professional or hobbyist. This brief guide will help you know exactly how to rim a glass perfectly every time!
-Start by wetting the rim-
One mistake a lot of people make is using water to wet the rim. Don’t! This will cause the sugar or salt to dissolve! Instead, make sure the glass is dry, then use a wedge of lime or lemon to wet the rim. However, if you are using something powdery, like cocoa, nutmeg, or powdered sugar, use a liqueur featured in the cocktail (such as Kahlua or Grand Marnier).
-Apply the rimmer-
Fill a wide, flat bowl or plate with the sugar or salt. Hold the glass parallel, dip it into the sugar or salt, and rotate it slowly to coat the outside of it. You may want to go through it twice to make sure that it is coated thoroughly. If you are using a powdery rimmer, do not go through twice – the powder may be too much if it is caked on!
-Shake off the excess-
To make sure that the rimmer won’t fall off all over the drinker’s hands or be too much, gently shake off the excess to rid it from the glass. Be sure to do this over a sink or trash can.
-Pour and serve!-
Carefully pour the cocktail in without disturbing the rim, then serve the gorgeous drink to the eagerly awaiting drinker! Congratulations – you now know how to beautifully rim a cocktail glass!
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