Margarita with Salt “Aire”

 Salt “Aire” is the foam created by Chef José Andrés for the margarita served at his Oyamel restaurant in D.C.  The first time I tried it I fell in love with it.  Some of my friends eschew it, though. They are orthodox and demand the traditional crunch of a salted rim.  But to me sipping this cocktail feels ethereal, reminds me of ocean foam and lime!  oh….Tequila 🙂
recipe, Margarita with Salt Foam, Aire

I’m fairly sure he does not use lecithin to make the foam, as some recipes have indicated. The lecithin I tried added an aftertaste to the foam.  Sucro is the emulsifier used in his Salt Aire, according to Food & Wine magazine, and that’s what I found worked well.  I’ve tweaked this recipe toward my Texas Mexican taste.  This one’s a strong and tart one.  I’m sure Chef José Andrés doesn’t mind or care!

Recipe for Margarita and Aire  (makes 1 cocktail)

Ingredients For the Margarita:
3 ounces Tequila, whiteMexican Controy liquer
1 ounce Mexican Controy.  If you can’t get that, use Triple Sec.  French Cointreau is too unctuous for this tart Margarita.
1 ounce fresh Mexican lime juice

Ingredients for the Salt “Aire”:
6 ounces filtered water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp Sucro
1/2 tsp Mexican lime juice

1. In a cocktail shaker, add all the Margarita ingredients and shake vigorously.  Strain and pour into a chilled coupe glass.
2.Combine the salt, Sucro and water. When the ingredients are dissolved, mix with an immersion blender or whisk until bubbles form, then spoon the foam on top of the cocktail.

Let me know how you like this and if you find any other emulsifier that also works well.


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2 thoughts on “Margarita with Salt “Aire””

  • Hi, Kaye. The foam is sturdy and will last for a good 20-30 minutes. What I do is keep the foam in a small container placed in an ice bath, and periodically the bartender can whip it up a bit. Hope this helps

  • Hi! I know this post is old but I’m hoping you can help. I’m planning to serve salt air margaritas at an upcoming party. The margaritas will be pre-made but I’m wondering if I can also pre-make the salt air? Will it last? For context, this is going to be a 40 person cocktail party. Thanks!

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