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Home Bar Boot Camp: 9 Essential Techniques to Master

Sugar- and salt-encrusted glass rims add visual interest, flavor, and a pleasant tactile experience to cocktails, with salt also providing the added benefit of tempering bitter ingredients like grapefruit juice. To construct, run a citrus wedge around the edge of the glass and then dip it in a saucer filled with coarse salt, sugar, or even celery salt (excellent in Bloody Marys).

Practice the technique with: A classic margarita or a limoncello Champagne cocktail.

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