Facts That You Need To Know About Salt and Margarita
When we say margarita, it is a cocktail drink consisting of three ingredients namely: tequila, Cointreau, lime or sometimes a lemon juice, frequently prepared with salt on the side of the glass and can be ordered as on the rocks or poured over ice.
Adding salt to a drink, for this matter a margarita, will not only make the drink look cool but it will also make the sour and sweet flavor of the drink to burst in your mouth. The reason behind why margarita taste sour and sweet at the same time is because when salt is being added, it suppresses the bitterness of the drink. Yet, we cannot actually brand salt as an enhancer since for there are no proof that will connect salt, physiologically speaking, to the universal flavor enhancers.
However, what is clear to as is that salt seems to boost a particular taste by having the other flavorings be suppressed. By adding salt, even a pinch of it, into a mixture, it will tone down the bitterness of the mixture. Since bitterness is the ones responsible for counteracting the drink’s sweetness, adding salt will certainly enhance the perception of sweet flavors of the drink. Talking about salt on a chemical level, the root cause of why the bitterness of a mixture is being suppressed are the sodium ions in the molecules of sodium chloride. But what makes it more interesting is that if it is being done reversely, bitter compounds added to salty ones, the level of saltiness do not change or if there is, it is not noticeable.
We know that when salt is being added to a drink, like margarita, it increases the sour and sweet taste of the cocktail, but that’s not it as it also escalates our perception to the aroma of the drink making it more strong. And also, since salt is being capable of escalating the amount of saliva produced by the mouth, it makes the drink seem more rick and thick than the usual.
Salt is very effective when it comes to dampening the bitter taste of a mixture even if you just added a very little amount of concentration to it that it seems it’s not there. As salt dampens that bitter taste of a mixture, it boost other flavorings or taste like the sweetness or sourness, making the drink taste the way you will like. There are so many bartenders nowadays are making it a habit to add an ample amount of salt to a citrusy drink so that the sour taste of it will be enhanced or brighten. However, they still need to be careful on this one since adding too much salt to it will also suppress the acidity of the drink which is not good.
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