Red sanding sugar makes a sweet, colorful
cocktail or mocktail rimmer. Photo courtesy
El Jimador Tequila.
Here’s a fun idea for Mother’s Day or any other celebration: a custom glass rimmer for cocktails or mocktails. You can buy rimmers in tins, but it’s almost as fast to make your own.
We owe this tip to Seattle’s Best, which served us a coffee Martini with a sugar rim at a recent event.
Wow, we said: How did you get the sugar to really stick on? Our own efforts to create the ideal flavored rim were not as successful.
The answer: Dip the rim of the glass in maple syrup, not water as we’ve been doing, to create the glass rimmer. Do it in advance so the syrup can dry.
We substituted agave for the maple syrup, which held just as fast and firm and is even better when you don’t want to add maple flavor.
Sanding sugar is available in numerous colors, and the technique also works with a chocolate rim, a shredded coconut rim, a sprinkles rim or whatever look and taste you like.
You can be creative in your blend, adding anise, cinnamon or other spice to the base ingredient.
And you can do it with savory rims, blending celery salt, chili powder or sea salt with just about any herb or spice that adds complementary flavor to the drink.
Here’s the recipe we tasted from Seattle’s Best: