How to Sugar Rim a Glass and Other Types of Drink Rimming
Adding a flavored rim to the glass is a great way to add taste and eye appeal to a drink. Rimming is very simple to do and will really impress guests, family, and friends.
Rimming is an awesome way to make any drink extra special. It doesn't have to just be alcoholic drinks. Rimming is fun for kids' drinks and normal beverages, too.
Sugar rims and salt rims are the most common type of drink rimming. You will find instructions on how to do a basic glass rim below as well as some ideas for other types of rimming to make your drinks really impressive.
So grab and glass and make the rim look and taste fabulous. Cheers!
The key to sugar and salt rimming is to moisten the rim of the glass enough to make the sugar or salt will stick to it. It is a simple process that really adds a lot to a drink.
Follow these steps to sugar rim a drink glass:
- Pour some sugar onto a plate. Make sure the pile is wider than the rim of the glass you are rimming. The sugar should be about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch deep.
- Decide what you want to moisten the glass with. Citrus fruit (lemon, lime, or orange) is usually used, but you can also use water if a citrus flavor will not compliment the drink.
- If you are using citrus, slice off a piece of the fruit. Gently rub it around the rim of the glass making sure to completely moisten the entire rim without dampening any other part of the glass.
- If you are just going to use water, there are two ways to moisten the glass. If you want a thin sugar/salt rim, you can use a clean sponge or damp cloth to moisten the rim. If you want a thicker rim, then pour some water on a plate. Add enough that the water is standing in a puddle wider than the rim of the glass. Gently dip the rim of the glass into the water so that it coats just the rim. Then raise the glass and hold it over the plate for a few seconds so that excess water will drip off.
- When the rim has been moistened, carefully dip the rim of the glass into the sugar or salt. Make sure you dip it straight in so the rim is straight and even.
- Twist the glass a bit on the plate to ensure that the entire rim is coated.
- Raise the glass off the plate and shake it gently to get off any loose bits.
- The glass is ready to go. Pour the drink in making sure you don't pour near the rim.
You can also use thicker liquids like caramel to rim the glass and then dip it in the salt or sugar for a heavier rim.
How to Rim a Glass
Cocktail Sugar Rim
Flavored sugars ready to rim drink glasses.
Other Glass Rimming Ideas
Sugar and salt are not the only things that can be used to rim glasses. Here are tons of other flavorful rimming ideas.
Liquid rimming ideas:
- chocolate syrup
- maple syrup
- corn syrup
- agave syrup
Dry rimming ideas:
- crushed Oreos
- graham cracker crumbs
- Pop Rocks
- finely crushed cookie or candy pieces
- salt (fine or course)
- sea salt
- sugar (fine or course)
- cane sugar
- brown sugar
- cocoa powder
- chili powder
- bacon bits
- crushed herbs
You can use just the liquid rimming or you can combine a liquid rim with a dry rim. If you are using just a dry rim, you will need to moisten the rim with something before the dry rim ingredient will stick.
More than one rimming ingredient can be mixed together as well. Get creative and pair rimming ingredients that will give your drink an extra kick.