Salting That Rim – Let’s Do It!

To salt or not to salt, that is the question. And the answer is, “Heck yeah, salt!” If you agree, find out how to salt the rim of your margarita glass here with a step-by-step photo tutorial.

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You definitely don’t need a fancy glass-rimming kit to get the job done (but if you want one, we love this one). A dish, some salt and a lime wedge are all you need to rim a glass for your next margarita.

Let’s do this!

Step#1

Some people say you should chill your glass before rimming. If you remember ahead of time, go for it. In my life, margaritas are pretty spontaneous so I know well that a room-temperature glass works too.

If you’re doing a bunch of margaritas and/or if you have that glass-rimming kit mentioned above, you’ll want to juice some limes and put the liquid on a rimmed plate or into the rimmer where it says “lime juice”. If you’re just making a few, do this.

Get yourself a quarter of a lime.

Get yourself a quarter of a lime.

Step#2

Cut a notch in the lime.

Cut a notch in the lime.

See the notch?

See the notch?

Step#3

Run that notch all around the glass.

Run that notch all around the glass.

All the way around.

All the way around.

Till it’s good and wet like this.

Till it's good and wet like this.

Step#4

Put some salt in a dish that is bigger than the diameter of your glass. What kind of salt? Here we’ve used kosher. But find out what we discovered in our rim-salt taste-test here.

Put some salt in a dish that is bigger than the diameter of your glass. What kind of salt? Here we've used kosher

Step#5

Tip the glass over into the salt. Now, I always do this like a cookie cutter, twisting it around.

Tip the glass over into the salt. Now, I always do this like a cookie cutter, twisting it around. But I know other people say that leads to salt getting on the inside of the glass and falling into your drink. I like a bit of salt in my drink so I don't mind. If you do mind, what you do instead is to hold the glass at an angle such that only the outside planes of the glass touch the salt.

But I know other people say that this method leads to salt getting on the inside of the glass and then falling into your drink. I like a bit of salt in my drink so I don’t mind. If you do mind, what you do instead is to hold the glass at an angle such that only the outside planes of the glass touch the salt.

Step#6

Done! Hold it up and admire your salted handiwork.

Done! Hold it up and admire your salted rim.

Now, where’s that tequila???

How to Salt the Rim of a Margarita Glass

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime
  • a glass
  • kosher salt
  • a dish that is bigger in diameter than the glass
 

Directions:

  1. If you remember ahead of time, chill your glass. If you're doing a bunch of margaritas and/or if you have a glass-rimming kit, you'll want to juice some limes and put the liquid on a rimmed plate or into the rimmer where it says "lime juice". If you're just making a few, do the following.
  2. Get yourself a quarter of a lime. Cut a notch in the fruit part of the lime quarter.
  3. Run that notch all around the rim of the glass until the glass rim is really wet.
  4. Put some salt in the dish. What kind of salt? Here we've used kosher. But find out what we discovered in our rim-salt taste-test here.
  5. Tip the glass over into the salt. Now, I always do this like a cookie cutter, twisting it around. Other people say that this method leads to salt getting on the inside of the glass and then falling into your drink. I like a bit of salt in my drink so I don't mind. If you do mind, what you do instead is to hold the glass at an angle such that only the outside planes of the glass touch the salt. Done! Now, where's that tequila???

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.