Sugar Rim

The trick to candy-coated glassware.

A sugar-crusted rim is essential to the Crusta family of cocktails and a necessary accoutrement of the classic Cognac-based Sidecar. The key to a beautifully structured sugar rim is prepping glassware well ahead of cocktail hour.

  • super fine sugar
  • super fine sugar
  • 1 lemon or orange (depending on the desired flavor)
  • 1 lemon or orange (depending on the desired flavor)

  1. Pour sugar onto a small plate.
  2. To cut a wheel of citrus, cut a lemon or orange in half horizontally (not from pole to pole, but right down the middle).
  3. Cut a 1/4 inch wheel from one half of the cut piece of citrus, and then halve to create a half-wheel.
  4. Holding a coupe or rocks glass upside down to avoid juice running down the glass, run the citrus slice carefully around half of the glass's outside rim to moisten.
  5. Instead of dropping the the glass straight into the sugar, press the moistened outside rim into the plate of sugar.
  6. Gently shake off any excess.
  7. Let harden at room temperature, and when set, place in the freezer to chill until cocktail hour.

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