It’s not that we’re totally opposed to cocktail glasses with salted or flavored rims (our Chili-Pineapple Margarita features a chili salt-rimmed glass worth, ahem, its salt). And in Kampot, Cambodia, Milk Street Editorial Director J.M. Hirsch found numerous bars that used a black pepper-sugar rim on drinks.
But too often, the rim of the glass can overwhelm the flavors inside.
So for better cocktails at home, try adding a pinch of salt to the drink itself.
We salt our food to bring out flavor, so why not our beverages? Try adding half a teaspoon of a salt water solution (4 grams —a generous ½ tablespoon—Diamond Crystal kosher salt and 96 grams—6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon—water) in this French 75. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been asking this same question all along.
For more quick but mighty tips like this, check out our latest cookbook, Milk Street: The New Rules. You’ll not only find this cocktail recipe, but also so many more upgrades to dishes you might have thought needed no improvement, until now.