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Cocktails And Salt

Salt and cocktails
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.
Tequila Salt
Salt and tequila shot
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.
Margarita salt rim
Margarita Salt
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!
Margarita glass
Margarita salt rim
Bloody Marys and salt
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.
Other salt uses
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.
Toothpaste made from salt Salt used for face wash Salt to preserve flowers Salt to remove stains
  1. For a sore throat, add one teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water, and gargle for a minute up to three times a day. The salt water will help ease the discomfort in your throat.
  2. Salt, when mixed with water or oil, is known to exfoliate your skin. In fact, several spas offer salt scrub treatments to their patrons where a mixture of sea salt, oil and fragrant herbs are rubbed over the body and then rinsed off leaving your skin soft and smooth.
  3. Salt can help improve the shine of your pearly (or not-so-pearly) whites. Wet the bristles of your tooth brush, dip it into a dime-size amount of baking soda, sprinkle with a little salt, and brush as normal to help bring the shine back to your smile.
  4. Baking soda and salt also have a similar polishing affect on pots and pans.
  5. Have a case of stinky feet? Soak your feet in a quart of warm water mixed with a cup of Kosher salt for a few minutes, and then pat dry to help combat foot odor.
  6. If you're trying to quit smoking, take a little lick of salt to help break the habit whenever you feel an urge. Results may vary on this one, but every little bit helps!
  7. If you have a skin reaction from poison oak or poison ivy, try wetting the affected area and rubbing it with salt. Brush off the crystallized salt and rinse the rest off with water. This will help keep the rash from spreading and also combat any itchiness.
  8. Have an unsightly corn problem? Try soaking your feet in warm water for ten to fifteen minutes, then apply a scrub comprised of three parts salt to one part water. This will help remove dead skin and get you back to playing footsie with confidence.
  9. Don't cry over spilled red wine on your carpet—just blot up as much of it as you can with a rag or paper towel, then cover the area with salt to absorb the rest. You can then vacuum the area to pick up the salt, and (carefully) pour another glass.
  10. If your tabletop looks more like a cornfield of crop circles than the stage for a delicious feast, a homemade paste of mineral oil and salt may help. Add a few drops of the oil at a time to a quarter of a cup of salt until it forms a wet paste. Gently rub the paste on the rings in the direction of the grain, and let it stand for up to an hour.  Wipe off the paste with a dry cloth, then polish with your regular furniture polish. Nothing to see here, folks!
  11. Remove embarrassing, yellow, armpit stains from your clothes by soaking them in water with ¼ cup of salt for an hour and then washing as usual. The yellow tinge (and any accompanying smells) will vanish like magic.
  12. Give your puffy eyes relief: mix ½ teaspoon of salt with one quart of warm water, dip cotton balls or facial pads in the mixture, and place them on your closed eyes while lying on your back. Rest for about ten minutes in this position, and you're on your way to puff-free peepers.
  13. A dash of salt in your flower vase will keep your fresh flowers fresher longer.
  14. Feeling tired? Draw a bath for yourself, and add a few, big handfuls of salt to the water. A ten-minute soak is all you need to feel rejuvenated.