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This margarita salt recipe makes the best margarita salt rim! This zesty garnish makes any cocktail a masterpiece. Here’s how to make it!

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Looking to amp up your margaritas? This margarita salt is the best way to transform your glass from meh to marvelous. It’s seriously simple too! Alex and I made this margarita salt as part of our frozen margarita recipe, but we realized that it would be just about perfect for really any cocktail that works with a salt rim.

From now on, we’ll be adding it to our classic margarita recipe, all our top flavored margarita recipes—and maybe even our Paloma, too. Here’s what you need to know about margarita salt!

What is margarita salt?

Margarita salt is the salt added to the rim of a margarita glass. Why is a margarita served with salt? Well, salt intensifies the sweet and sour flavors in the drink. It makes the sour flavor seem brighter, making the overall drink experience that much more pleasurable.

There are lots of store-bought brands of margarita salt out there, but why buy your own when you can make it at home? It’s seriously easy to make, and you don’t end up with half-used containers lying around.

Margarita salt on rim of margarita glass.

How to make margarita salt

This recipe could not be simpler (literally). Some recipes will call for drying out the citrus zest in the oven or doing other fancy things. In our testing, we found it’s not necessary: it really is this simple. Here’s how to make margarita salt:

How to zest a lime

Step 1: Zest your lime and orange using a microplane grater or box grater.

Margarita Salt

Step 2: Place 2 tablespoons kosher salt, the zest of 1 lime, and zest of ½ orange on a cutting board.Crush them together using a rolling pin.

Storage tip

Store your margarita salt in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

How to make the perfect margarita salt rim

What’s the best way to make a salt rim for a margarita? We’ve got a few tips and tricks to simplify the process! Here are our tips to making the perfect rim:

  1. Spread the salt on a plate in an even layer.
  2. Take a lime wedge and cut a notch in the middle, then slide it around the rim of the glass. This moistens the glass rim without having to use your fingers!
  3. Tilt the glass so that only the outside edge goes into the salt, then rotate it so that it coats the edge. You’ll want the salt on the outside of the glass only, not the inside where it can fall into the drink. Shake off any loose salt into the sink.

What kind of salt for a margarita is best?

The best type of salt to use for a margarita is kosher salt, which has coarse grains and a nuanced flavor. Sea salt also works! Avoid using iodized table salt, since the flavor and texture is much too intense for rimming drinks.

A few of our favorite margarita recipes

This margarita salt is great with all types of margarita recipes, from a classic margarita to a Cadillac margarita, frozen margarita, jalapeno margarita, and even a virgin margarita! It also works with fruity variations like a strawberry margarita, mango margarita, and more.

Dietary notes

This margarita salt recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

Frequently asked questions

How do I rim a margarita glass with salt?

Run a lime wedge around the rim of your margarita glass to moisten it.
Dip the rim of the glass upside down into a shallow plate filled with your chosen margarita salt.
Gently press the rim onto the salt to ensure it adheres evenly.

Why do we use salt on margarita glasses?

The salt adds a salty counterpoint to the sweet and sour flavors of the margarita, enhancing the overall taste experience. It also adds a festive touch to the drink.

How can I store leftover margarita salt?

Store your margarita salt in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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Margarita salt

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: ¼ cup 1x

Description

This margarita salt recipe makes the best margarita salt rim! This zesty garnish makes any cocktail a masterpiece. Here’s how to make it!


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Zest of 1/2 orange

Instructions

  1. Zest the lime. Zest the orange.
  2. Place all ingredients on a cutting board and crush them together using a rolling pin. Break any large pieces of zest with your fingers.
  3. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Mike Davis says:

    It’s Great Stuff that you’re putting out there for us.

    Thanking you for all you do, I remain

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  2. Sara says:

    Yummy and easy! This took my store bought margaritas to the next level.