How to Rim a Glass: 3 Easy Ways

How to Rim a Glass
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Salting the rim of a glass is an easy way to add flavor and texture to any beverage. It’s also a great way to make drinks look more attractive and inviting. Whether you are serving margaritas, mojitos, or other cocktails, salting the rim of the glass adds an extra layer of flavor that can truly bring out the best in any drink. With just a few simple steps, you can learn how to salt a glass rim like a professional bartender and impress your guests with your bartending skills!

The Items You Will Need to Rim a Cocktail Glass

Glassware: The type of glass you use to serve your drink can make all the difference. When deciding which glass to use, consider your favorite beverage. Popular options include cocktail glasses like martini glasses and coupe glasses.

Liquid: If you’re looking to stick salt onto the rim of your glass, it’s best to use a liquid such as lemon juice, lime juice, or simple syrup. However, if an unflavored liquid is preferred then water is an ideal choice.

Coating: Salt, Sugar, or Tajin.

Dishware: rimming a glass requires an appropriate vessel, and while certain saucers are specifically designed for this purpose, a small plate or tea saucer can be used as an alternative.

How to Rim a Glass Properly

1. Apply the liquid on the rim of your glass

As said, there are several options to rim your glass: if you decide to use lemon juice or lime juice, just make a small cut in the lemon or lime, and apply the juice on the edge of the glass. if you want to use simple syrup or water, puor the liquid into a small plate and dip the glass rim.

2. Dip the Glass Rim in the Coating

Pour a little amount of the coating (Salt, Sugar, or Tajin) into an appropriate vessel and tilt the glass at an angle of 45 degrees, and rotate it slowly through the coating.

3. Shake the excess

After dipping in the coating, gently shake the glass to rid of any excess. Then leave the glass to air dry as you start making your cocktail.

Top Coatings We Like


The flavor of the drink can be significantly impacted by the type of salt used on the rim of the glass. Different types of salt have different tastes and textures, hence it is important to choose wisely. we can tell you that instead of using iodized salt and table salt, use Kosher salt because the size of the grains is perfect and the flavor that it brings to the cocktail is just accurate.

Salt rim


A sugar rim on a cocktail is not just for decoration but also helps to balance the flavor. This can be especially beneficial with acidic or tart cocktails as the sugar can help cut through that tartness, to make it more enjoyable.


Tajin is a popular Mexican seasoning blend made from chili peppers, lime, and salt. It’s commonly used to rim glasses for cocktails (especially margaritas) and adds a spicy kick to the drinks.