Facts That You Need To Know About Salt and Margarita
Margarita is a kind of cocktail drink that is consist of tequila, Cointreau, lime or perhaps a lemon juice and has salt on the edge of the glass, often served 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. Salt is the secret ingredient if you want to intensify the sweetness and sourness of your drink since it suppresses the bitter taste of it. But, it can be misleading if salt is to considered as an enhancer since no proof has been found out pertaining to the physiological connection of salt with universal flavor enhancements.
But what we do know is that salt acts as booster to a certain basic taste by means of suppressing the other. 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.
Other than intensifying the sourness or the sweetness of a drink, when salt is being added to a cocktail, it intensify our perception of the drinks aroma as well making the flavor more powerful. 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. Salt disintegrates the bitterness, it also escalates the sourness or the sweetness of a drink making you enjoy it a little bit more. 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.