The Effect of Salt When Added to Margarita
For the information of many, margarita is a cocktail made up of tequila, Cointreau, lime or can be of lemon juice mixtures, often has salt on the edge of the glass and can either be 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. 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. Try adding even a pinch of salt to a mixture and you will notice how it effectively lessen the bitter taste of it. The sweet taste of a drink is being counteracted by the bitterness of it, preventing it from being perceived hence, if you want your drink to taste more sweet, just add a little bit of salt to it. According to research conducted by experts on the field of chemistry, sodium ion found in sodium chloride’s molecule is the one responsible for effectively dampening the bitter taste if a mixture. 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.
Salt being added to a cocktail such as margarita, it does not only increases the bitterness and sweetness of the drink, it also heighten out perception of its aroma making the flavor of the drink seem more potent. In addition to that, adding even very little amount of salt increases the flow of the saliva which makes the drink feels a bit richer and thicker.
Even if you are just using a very tiny amount of salt that it seems it’s not there, salt is still capable of suppressing the bitterness of a mixture. 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. In today’s time, there are lots of bartenders who make it a point to add salt to every citrusy drink they are mixing so that the sourness of the mixture will brighten or enhanced. 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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