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How to Sugar Rim a Glass | Bartending Tips for New Year’s Eve

Want to make your New Year’s Eve cocktail extra special? Well, to sugar rim a glass will do the trick! Giving a flavored rim to your cocktail glass is the perfect way to make your drinks really impressive. Read on and learn how to do a basic glass rim!

New Year's Eve is all about celebration: dancing, making merry and, of course, drinking. Learn how to give your glasses a proper sugar rim (great way to jazz up your Champagne flutes), as well as transform stack of napkins into a spiral wonder.

The Best Way to Sugar Rim a Glass For Cocktails

If you're hosting a party this year, it's important to add some flair while tending the bar. Don't worry, it doesn't take a mixology degree to dress up drinks just enough to make your guests feel like they're getting the VIP treatment.

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to give your glasses a proper sugar rim (great way to glitz up your Champagne flutes), as well as turn your boring stack of napkins into a spiral wonder. Check out — you won't believe how easy these two tricks are!


What You'll Need:


Step 1: Prepare the Rimmming

Fill a plate with some sugar. Make sure the pile of sugar is wider than the rim of the glass.

Step 2: Moistening the Rim

Slice off a wedge of a citrus (lime, lemon, or orange) and cut a thin notch into the flesh of the fruit. Then slip it over the rim of the glass and gently rub it around the entire rim. Make sure the edge is completely moistened.

Step 3: Dipping the Rim

When the rim has been completely moistened, carefully dip the rim of the glass into the sugar – dip it straight and even. Make sure the entire rim is covered by twisting the glass a bit on the plate. Then shake off any loose bits.

And, you’re done! Your glass is now ready to be filled with your favorite cocktail. Just make sure you don't pour near the rim.


Other Bartending Tips: Fanning Cocktail Napkins

Fanning napkins is such a simple, but a cool trick to add some elegance to your table. And, a spiral staircase-like stack of napkins looks so much better than a plain old stack. So, check out this tutorial and learn how to fan your own cocktail napkins.

  • Place your stack of napkins on a non-slip surface and make sure it is not too thick.
  • Place the shaker or a glass sideways on the stack of napkins.
  • Press the shaker down firmly while turning. You will see how the napkins are beginning to spiral.
  • Repeat pushing down and turning on the stack until the whole stack spirals around.
  • If the napkin on top of the stack has wrinkled up after you’re finished, just turn it over or take it off.
  • And you’re done! You have an easy last-minute addition to your table.


Watch the full video tutorial and see how to sugar rim a glass and fanning napkins in action: 

There you have it! Sugar rimmming is very easy to do and will really amaze guests, family, and friends. It is not just for alcoholic drinks, it’s also fun for kids’ drinks, and other regular beverages, too! So grab a glass and make the rim look and taste extraordinary. Cheers!

Do you have any favorite variations of your own? Let me know in the comments below!

Want to have the best looks for New Year’s Eve? Then, you need to check out these 10 DIY New Year’s Outfits!


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  1. As a fellow home entertainer, mastering the art of sugar-rimming glasses has been a game-changer. This technique not only adds a dash of sophistication and sweetness to your drinks, but it also gives you a chance to show off your creative skills and wow your loved ones.


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