The Art of Rimming (a cocktail glass!)

The art of rimming involves taking cocktails to an all new level of fancy.

Food + Drink Cooking and Entertaining Brian Webb

This article was published on April 6th, 2019

Get your gay minds out of the gutter, boys. There’s more than one rim job to enjoy that doesn’t involve sticking your tongue inside another man’s butt. The art of rimming involves taking cocktails to an all new level of fancy.

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You didn’t realize it before, but you can impress anyone at cocktail parties with the knowledge of proper rimming. Rimming a cocktail isn’t just for decoration: rimming a glass plays two roles: it enhances the presentation but also can complement the cocktail. It adds taste to the beverage, especially if it is sipped from the glass, not through the straw. In this era of ridding ourselves of single use plastics like bar straws, there might just be more glass timing in bar culture. 

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Bloody Mary’s are a good example of fun, common drink that have rimmed rims. Bloody Mary’s, come with a spice-blend around the rim of the cup that has helped speed up hangover recovery one more than one occasion. Other examples of rimmed cocktails include specialty martinis like the Espresso Martini, Lemon Drop, Key Lime, and adult hot cocoas.

The Art of Rimming a cocktail glass!

There is a method to correctly rimming a cocktail glass, and it usually doesn’t include water, Danielle. The most common method is to use a lime wedge. Holding one of the quarter wedges in your hand with the peel side cupped, take a knife and make a half inch or less perpendicular slice into the lime wedge. As if you were going to garnish a cocktail, place the lime wedge on the edge of the glass in the new cut you made into the wedge. Grab the glass by the bottom, and twist the lime wedge along the top edge of the glass, effectively rimming it. You just took edging to a new level, too!

The Art of Rimming a cocktail glass!

Good rimmers use this lime juice, though it is not unheard of for some barkeeps to prefer to use simple syrup, or some other kind of sticky liquid, to instantly hold the rimmer on. This can be applied by using a wooden stir stick to the rim of the glass or dipping the glass upside down into a bowl of liquid. This helps on an adult hot cocoa or Christmas-themed cocktail you might want to use a heavier substance like crushed candy canes.

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Rimmers are easy to make at home in a blender and can be made of a lot of different ingredients, Including salt, sugar, candy, and cookies. It’s not unheard of to see espresso beans and pulverized / blended food as rimmers as well.

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While it’s recommended to stick to tried-and-true cocktail recipes, there is nothing wrong with doing a little at-home mixology to spice up your next cocktail party. A specialty cocktail with a good rimmer is fun, impressive, and makes your drink all the more fun. 

Now you know how to give the perfect rim job – both kinds!

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