Why put a perfectly good drink in a Himalayan salt tequila shot glass? (These salt cups have become an instant hit, sold individually and in sets of four.) First off, salt cups are not just for tequila shots. As a matter of fact, mescal is better yet… and better yet are cocktails with a bit of sugar in them. Which brings me to the answer of my questions, of why in tarnation would you want to put a perfectly good drink in a pink salt tequila shot glass?
Tequila, mescal, cachaca, or other fiery boozes are great quaffed from with Himalayan salt shot glasses because the mineral zing of the salt miraculously mellows the sensation of fieryness. Salt opens up all the lush flavors locked in the alcohol and makes them available to your taste buds, and the fiery fierceness falls by the wayside. In addition, salt cups hold their chill beautifully, so a sipping tequila from a salt shot glass is simply refreshing.
These reasons alone certainly justify the purchase of a set of two or four or twenty four Himalayan pink salt shot glasses for your merry making. But try them with sweeter drinks, or with a bit of sweetener on the rim of the cup, and you will really see some flavors fly. Mint Juleps, margarita shots, Spanish coffee… to name a few. I offer a handful of recipes in my Salt Block Cooking - 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing, and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks. They give you the fundamentals. But you can experiment on your own.
The trick to using Himalayan salt shot glasses well is to mix drinks designed for quick quaffing. Liquid dissolves salt quickly. If you let your shot sit for long, it will soon become unpalatable. But done right, the salt transforms drinks that benefit from a little salt.
Salt cups have amazing thermal properties that let them stay hot or cold far longer than glass. Freezing, refrigerating, or heating them before serving opens new doors for drink design.
These pink Himalayan salt shot glasses are a slightly different model than the ones photographed in Salt Block Cooking. The walls of the cup are a little thicker, and the lip is not as rounded. The overall result is a more rustic look and feel, which is accentuated by a more substantial heft in the hand.
Though not as slim and trim, what I really like about these salt shot glasses is that they last longer and are more durable than the thinner ones. Another cool thing is they have more thermal mass, so popping them in the freezer overnight gives you one incredibly frosty-salty cup for that tequila shot you’ve been looking forward to since Monday. Also, because they are thicker they are sturdier for warm-temperature drinks like salt cup Spanish Coffee!