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My New Favorite Cynar Drink: The Search for Delicious

Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

The combination is simple: Cynar and Punt e Mes, a little lemon juice and orange bitters, finished with salt on top of the ice. The mixture is rich, at times sweet and others tart and sometimes tongue-curlingly bitter. More

Cocktail Science: Does Your Cocktail Need Salt?

Cocktail Science Kevin Liu 8 comments

Salt—it's not just for margaritas any more. Bartenders have long understood that a few drops of bitters go a long way toward 'rounding out' the rough edges of a drink, and now they've figured out that a tiny amount of salt can create the same magic. Today, we look at some of the hows and whys as we explore how a few tiny grains can up the flavor of your favorite mixed drinks. More

Salty Drinks Are the New Salty Sweets

Maggie Hoffman 14 comments

As a bartender scattered kosher salt on the top surface of a lemony gin sour at an event recently, a waiting patron gasped. "What is that?" she said. "Sugar?" Nope. It was salt, and I didn't bat an eye, because lately I've been seeing a ton of salted cocktails coming from the country's top bartenders. And I'm not talking about salt in Bloody Marys or other naturally savory drinks, either—I mean juicy, fresh, slightly-sweet cocktails like classic sours and aperitifs, with a pinch of salt or a few drops of saline solution. Sure, folks have salted the rims of their margaritas forever, but salt in cocktails has now moved into the glass. More

Salty Coffee?

Erin Zimmer 8 comments

Salt reduces the bitterness in coffee, but only in moderation of course. That second pinch might turn it into a salt lick. Jacob Grier of the blog Liquidity Preference gave it a try and while he doesn't actually recommend doing it on a regular basis, "if you're stuck drinking acrid brew at the airport at 5 a.m., then maybe this salt trick could come in handy." Perhaps french fries should start doubling as coffee stirrers? More

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