Several cocktails and alcoholic beverages call upon salt to add to the drinking experience, but often the salt is used to take away the bite of the alcohol (another wonderful virtue of salt) as opposed to enhance the flavor of it.
We are all familiar with the salt-tequila-lime process when taking a shot of tequila, but the truth is this is not the traditional way to drink tequila. Tequila, native to Mexico, is traditionally taken straight and sometimes accompanied with a side of sangrita (a small drink that contains orange juice, tomato juice, and hot chilies).
But don't worry, we won't let the word out that taking your tequila with salt and lime—referred to as tequila cruda—is considered "Tequila with Training Wheels." We don't mind having help from a little lick of salt.
Table salt is usually used in this nontraditional ritual, but can you imagine how much better a shot of Tequila would be if you used a high-quality, unrefined salt—especially since table salt tends to have a bitter taste, and the whole point of salt with Tequila is to help cut down the bite? Try our Murray River salt—its pink hue and subtle flavor will dazzle your senses.
Margaritas are often served with the rim coated in salt, and the reasons are twofold: for presentation purposes (it just looks good) and again, to help take out the bite of the tequila and the bitter flavor of the citrus in the margarita.
If you prefer the frozen, fruitier margaritas, the salt on the rim may take out the bite of the tequila as well as enhance the fruity flavors—salt always seems to be hard at work for us. Try our Citrus Basil salt on your next margarita—you'll want to keep rimming your glass with it!
Rimming a glass with salt ensures that every sip you take will include a little salt action, and the steps to salting a glass couldn't be simpler.
When rimming your glass with salt, flake form salts are the best choice. The flakes look very lovely on the rim and dissolve easily when you take a sip. Try Himalyan Pink salt for a flare of color or the bone-white Fleur de Sel for a crunchy kick.
Also, Margaritas aren't the only lucky beverages that get to benefit from a salted rim. The Salty Dog—a simply delicious drink consisting of vodka or gin and grapefruit juice—also comes garnished with a salted rim.
The Bloody Mary is the famed anecdote to the hangover, but let's be honest: it is a delicious cocktail to have anytime and anywhere.
Bloody Marys pack quite a spicy punch, and we like to step it up with our Hot Habanero Blend Salt or our Windy City Celery Salt. Bloody Marys come in countless variations, but a dash of one of these exciting Beyond the Shaker blends will always add a note of spice and help bring out the flavors of the other ingredients.
With all the wonderful salts you procure from us at Beyond the Shaker, you'll want to make sure they are stored properly and have a comfortable home in order to maintain their high quality.
Commercial, refined salts typically contain chemicals and agents that prevent the salt from caking or clumping from moisture when on the shelf, but since our salts are all-natural, you'll want to take a few measures to keep them safe.
Generally speaking, you want to keep unrefined salts in an air-tight container for long-term storage. This will help keep moisture out of the salt which can cause it to clump or cake.
Also, premium-blended and wet salts may be reactive when exposed to excessive light or temperature changes, so always store salts in a dark, climate-controlled environment. All Beyond the Shaker bulk salts come in a heavy-duty, re-sealable bag that has a partial foil lining for easier storage.
If you want to keep some salt handy on the counter, you can keep it in a salt box or a salt pig.
A salt pig is an open-air, wide-mouthed container that has a nice, wide opening for you to easily grab a pinch or two. You will likely go through it quickly and replace it often, so the exposure to the air and the elements shouldn't harm the salt. Just don't neglect your precious salt!
Check out all of our lovely Saltware to find the perfect home for your salt.
Of course, the unique Beyond the Shaker glass bottles in which our standard-sized salts com also work perfectly for keeping your salts nearby and ready for use.
Salt's virtuous life not only goes Beyond the Shaker but also beyond the kitchen. Home remedies abound when it comes to using salt.
Here's a list of some of our favorite salt remedies for your health, beauty, and home. But remember—we aren't doctors, so always consult your physician before trying any health treatments.