Everyone knows that margaritas are the perfect summer cocktail – tart, tangy, and refreshing! But for those looking to mix things up, why not try a rhubarb margarita next time? Infusing rhubarb syrup into the classic tequila-lime combo creates a unique flavor that’s unique, tasty, and super fun!
This Rhubarb Margarita is true to Minnesota with the use of rhubarb. Rhubarb is plentiful in the early summer of Minnesota. Frankly, it’s plentiful most of the summer. And plentiful is an understatement…people are begging you to take this stuff off their hands!
Use the rhubarb from making the simple syrup to make my Puff Pastry Rhubarb Tartlets. These recipes were created together…it works perfectly!
Margaritas, oh boy, they’ve taken the world by storm! These tasty cocktails have become everyone’s go-to drink for good reason. Whether you’re chilling on a sunny beach or throwing a wild party, margaritas always bring the fun. And let me tell you, they’re as versatile as can be! You can mix ’em up with all sorts of flavors, from fruity icy blends that’ll make your taste buds dance, to spicy margaritas that’ll give your tongue a little kick. So, grab your shaker and get ready to unleash your creativity with this classic margarita recipe that never disappoints. Cheers to good times and great sips!
What is rhubarb?
Alright, let’s talk rhubarb! This funky-looking veggie (yep, it’s a veggie, not a fruit) boasts long, pinkish stalks that are tart and tangy, with a hint of sweetness. It’s like a flavor party in your mouth!
Rhubarb is typically in season during the spring and early summer months, making it a special treat to look forward to. Its unique flavor shines in pies, crumbles, and jams, adding a zingy and lip-smacking element that’ll have you coming back for seconds. Trust me, once you taste a rhubarb dessert or spread it on your morning toast, you’ll be hooked!
Rhubarb tends to be most abundant in regions with cooler climates, like here in MN. Places like the Midwest, Northeast, and Pacific Northwest are known for their plentiful rhubarb harvests. So if you, like me, are in those areas, you’re in luck! Time to get your hands on some juicy rhubarb and enjoy its tangy goodness to the fullest.
P.S. Food Network has great info on what rhubarb is , if you want to learn more.
This margarita is made from rhubarb simple syrup, lime juice, and tequila. Oh…and ice, of course. Be warned…you’ll be day drinking and morning drinking and night drinking after you try this. So good!
Key Ingredients for Rhubarb Margaritas:
- Rhubarb. Fresh or frozen works great.
- Tequila. Use a silver variety.
- Triple Sec or Orange Liquor.
- Lime. I prefer to use fresh lime but have no problem reaching for the bottled version.
- Ice. To shake up your ingredients.
How to Make Rhubarb simple syrup:
- Make your simple syrup by simmering the sugar & water on the stove until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in your rhubarb and bring it to a low boil.
- Shut the heat off and leave the rhubarb covered for 20 minutes.
- Strain the syrup off and chill it for your margaritas.
- BTW…save the rhubarb for our Puff Pastry Rhubarb Tartlets!
How to make the Rhubarb Margaritas:
There is nothing quite like the feeling of shaking up your cocktail after a long week. Friday nights were made for cocktail shakers!
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the tequila, triple sec, rhubarb simple syrup, and lime juice.
- Shake well for 3 minutes or until it is very cold.
- Pour the margarita (including the ice is totally up to you…I like to) into a glass rimmed with sugar and enjoy!
Rhubarb Margarita Variations to try:
- Strawberry: Add fresh strawberries for a sweet and fruity twist.
- Ginger: Incorporate a hint of ginger for a subtle, spicy kick.
- Mint: Muddle some fresh mint leaves to infuse a refreshing herbal note.
- Jalapeño: For those who enjoy a spicy kick, slice jalapeño peppers and add them for a fiery margarita.
- Coconut: Mix in coconut cream or coconut milk to give your margarita a tropical flair.
- Cucumber: Thinly slice cucumber and muddle it in the drink for a cool and crisp element.
- Pineapple: Blend in some fresh pineapple chunks for a tropical and tangy flavor.
- Basil: Tear a few basil leaves and add them to the mix for a fragrant and aromatic twist.
- Watermelon: Puree fresh watermelon and mix it with the margarita ingredients for a summery and juicy delight.
So, to sum it up, the rhubarb margarita is so super tasty with its tangy and unique flavor that you’ll be looking forward to rhubarb season all year long. Cheers to the perfect balance of sweet and tart in every sip!
Alright, folks, it’s time to unleash your inner mixologist and give this rhubarb margarita recipe a whirl! Don’t forget to share your creations using the hashtag #NBRecipes because we want to see your amazing concoctions. Feel free to get creative and put your own spin on it—add your favorite fruits, herbs, or even a dash of spice.
Those of you that are neighbors to me, I’ll have rhubarb simple syrup and my margarita mix ready to go all summer…come grab a spot on the patio and chat!
Rhubarb Simple Syrup (makes enough for roughly 16 margaritas)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 medium lemon, juice and zest about 1/2 tablespoon zest and 3 tablespoons lemon, about–it doesn't have to be exact
- 1 1/2 pounds rhubarb , roughly chopped
- juice of half the lemon
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce silver Tequila
- 1 ounce Triple Sec
- 2 ounces Rhubarb Simple Syrup
Rhubarb Simple Syrup
- Bring the 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water to a gentle boil until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the lemon, vanilla, and rhubarb and bring back to a gentle boil.
- Cover and remove from heat for 20 minutes.
- Drain the juice and cool for margarita's!
- Make Puff Pastry Rhubarb Tartlets with the rhubarb :).
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add Tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and rhubarb simple syrup.
- Shake for 3-5 minutes until very cold.
- Pour the margarita into a margarita glass lined with sugar.