Glossary

Welcome to the glossary.

Rickey

A cocktail prepared with gin, lime juice and soda water.

Rimming

A technique for flavouring the edge of a glass, usually with salt or sugar.

How to Rim
Rimming a glass adds an extra decorative touch, plus flavour, commonly used for the Margarita. Wet the edge of the glass with a lemon or lime wedge. If you’re after a rim of sugar or cocoa, then use the sweet liqueur that’s in the drink. If it’s a Margarita, you’ll be using salt. Tip the fine sugar, salt or cocoa into a saucer and then dip the rim of the glass. Or, for a thicker rim, run the edge of the glass across the top of the salt, sugar or cocoa. You can rim just one half of the glass to allow people to choose whether they want to drink through the rimmed surface or not. Then shake off any excess, and you’re ready to make the rest of the cocktail.

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Rocks glass

A tumbler-like receptacle generally used for neat serves, drinks over ice, or stirred cocktails – also called an ‘Old Fashioned’ glass. If you don’t own a Rocks glass, any glass can be used for serving shorter drinks.

Rose water

A flavouring agent made by steeping rose petals in alcohol. Used extensively in the Middle East.

Rum

Made from distilled molasses, sugar cane juice or syrup, it comes in white (‘blanco’), spiced and dark versions, as well as aged (‘añejo’) versions. Originally produced in Barbados and Jamaica, rum is traditionally double distilled and is the principle ingredient in the mojito.

Rye

Whiskey aged two years, with 51% to 100% rye in the mash.