Sugar Rim 3 Ways

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Add texture and flavor to your drinks with a sweet sugar rim. You traditionally see sugar rims with margaritas, but you can serve them with virtually any drink–coffee, hot chocolate, cocktails, lemonade or even regular fruit juice.

The sugar adds an extra kick of sweetness, plus some zest or spice if you mix it with other ingredients. Here are some fun and fancy, flavored sugar rims you can make easily at home.

Sugar rims in 3 small jars, a lime wedge, lemon wedge and cinnamon stick on the side.

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Cinnamon sugar rim in a small jar and a coffee mug on the side.

A cinnamon sugar rim tastes great with hot drinks, especially during the autumn months. Start serving homemade coffee, hot chocolate or pumpkin beer with a spicy cinnamon rim.

Sugar rim on a coffee mug on marble background.
Sugar rim on coffee glass on marble background.

This rim also pairs well with cocktails that have a lot of milk or cream. The creaminess offsets the kick of the cinnamon, creating a delicious drink that pairs well with holiday dinners.

Lime Zest Sugar Rim

Lime zest sugar rim in a small jar with a lime wedge on the side.

Lime zest sugar rims are perfect for cocktails and margaritas. Rim the glass with fruity sugar, then pour your favorite cold drink and enjoy margaritas on the beach.

Lime sugar rim on margarita glass on marble background.
Lime zest sugar rim in a small jar with a lime wedge on the side and margarita glass.

If lime zest doesn’t pair well with the cocktail, try another citrus fruit like orange, lemon or even grapefruit. Lime sugar is also perfect for non-alcoholic drinks like fruit juice, flavored water or non-alcoholic mint juleps.

Pink Lemonade Sugar Rim

Pink lemonade sugar rim in a small jar with a lemon wedge and cocktail glass.

Pink lemonade sugar rims bring out the sweetness in your favorite fruity drinks. You can serve them with any type of lemonade or pair them with a different drink that needs a kick of citrus.

Pink sugar rim on a cocktail glass on marble background.
Pink sugar rim on a cocktail glass on marble background.

Try experimenting with different colors to match your favorite drinks. To complete the flavor profile, you could add a lemon wedge that your guests can squirt directly into the cocktail.

Sugar rim on glasses with small jars of sugar rim.

Which one is your favorite and which drink do you normally pair it with? Let us know what you thought of these sugar rim flavors in the comments.

Sugar rims in 3 small jars, a lime wedge, lemon wedge and cinnamon stick on the side.

You might want to check out How to Rim a Glass with Sugar

Sugar rims in 3 small jars, a lime wedge, lemon wedge and cinnamon stick on the side.

Sugar Rim 3 Ways

Joss D
Add texture and flavor to your drinks with these 3 flavors of sweet sugar rim.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks, Flavoring
Cuisine American
Servings 8 tablespoons
Calories 48 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Cinnamon-Sugar Rim:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Lime Zest Sugar Rim:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest

Pink Lemonade Sugar Rim:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • 5 drops red food coloring

Instructions
 

Cinnamon-Sugar Rim:

  • Mix the sugar with the cinnamon.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • This sugar rim flavor goes well with coffee using a glass mug, or for creamy cocktails.

Lime Zest Sugar Rim:

  • Mix the sugar with the lime zest.
  • Spread it out onto a wax paper lined baking sheet and let dry for about 1 hour.
  • You can break up any clumps by giving it a quick pulse in the blender again.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.
  • This sugar rim flavor goes well with margaritas or other cocktails.

Pink Lemonade Sugar Rim:

  • Add the sugar and food coloring to a blender jar.
  • Pulse until the color is blended well. You can add more drops to reach desired color. (Alternatively you can hand-mix the sugar with the color in a bowl.)
  • Mix the lemon zest into the colored sugar.
  • Spread the colored sugar out onto a wax paper lined baking sheet and let dry for about 1 hour.
  • After it dries, I like to break up the clumps by giving it a quick pulse in the blender again.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.
  • This sugar rim goes well with hard or regular lemonades (like pink lemonade) or other cocktails.

Notes

  • The lime zest sugar rim recipe would also work with grapefruit, orange or lemon zest.
  • The nutrition information is only for the sugar per tablespoon.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 12gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 12gCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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