ADD A POWERFUL ACCENT TO ANY COCKTAIL WITH A RINSE
Plenty of beloved spirits and liqueurs—let’s take absinthe as an example—are brawny enough to overwhelm every other flavor in a cocktail. Yet sometimes we want its distinctive anise character, but without clashing or competing with the rest of the drink. In that case, rely on a simple but extremely effective bartender trick: rinsing the cocktail glass.
Rinsing is pretty self-explanatory as a technique: You’re coating the inside of a cocktail glass (or rocks glass) with a thin layer of liquid (liqueurs, bitters, and other spirits), then dumping out whatever doesn’t stick. By doing so, you add strong accent of flavor and aroma that layers onto the drink without either dominating it, or getting lost in the other ingredients. The classic example is a Sazerac, a rye-and-bitters cocktail in an absinthe-rinsed rocks glass; the absinthe hits your nose as you take a whiff, then lingers on the palate while letting the rye take center stage.
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