Brim with Flavor: Glass Rimming 101

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Personalize your cocktails by rimming glasses with salt, sugar, cinnamon, citrus, or chocolate. Mixologist and restaurateur Joe Campanale provides the inspiration and technique for your next tasty drink.

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Hi, I'm Joe Campanale. You're watching eHow.com. Today we're going to talk about rimming glasses. Sometimes you'll see a specialty cocktail or maybe your favorite margarita will have just a little something extra hanging out on the rim. And all those different added sugars or salt or spices really add another component and can really personalize your own cocktail. The way to properly rim a glass is to take a piece of citrus, in this case a lime, for your margarita, and just rub it all around the outside. And then you want to take your salt and just twist it around. So take this, not perfect, and then just over the sink, just tap off any extra and you have a beautiful salt rimmed glass. If any of you out there are fans of after dinner.. after dinner cocktails, maybe a chocolate martini, maybe a cocktail that has some cream in it, I think it's nice to do a chocolate rimmed drink. So, instead of lime, this time we're going to use orange. Because I think orange and chocolate goes really really well together. Take your orange segment and just go all around the outside. And here we've grated some dark chocolate. If you prefer milk chocolate, you can use it as well. But just remember that milk chocolate's going to have a little bit more sweetness than dark chocolate. And take that in to account when you're building your cocktail. And go all around the outside, and there you have a chocolate rimmed glass. One of the great things about cocktail rims is that it's another way that you can make the cocktail personal and make it really yours. I am an absolute sucker for cinnamon, sugar anything. So, what I really like to do is do a sugar cinnamon rim. In this case I'm using confectioners sugar. But you can also use something that's a little bit more coarser grained. I think that lemon goes really nicely with sugar, so that's going to be the citrus. And again, just around the outside, a little bit of fresh lemon. And you just take that and you go all around the rim. It's OK if you put on a little bit too much, knock if off in the sink, after. There you go. And that is your cinnamon sugar cocktail rim, chocolate cocktail rim and traditional margarita sea salt. Thanks so much for watching. I'm Joe Campanale. Come and have a drink with me when you're in New York at Anfora Dell'Anima Fortitude.

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