You’ve probably noticed there is no shortage of rhubarb recipes on this site. It’s my springtime favorite. And when I started making this easy rhubarb syrup a few years ago, we started experimenting with making all kinds of drinks with it, both cocktails and mocktails.
Within a few weeks, this zingy, tart, refreshing rhubarb margarita became our house cocktail. It has classic margarita notes of orange and lime, but gets a delicious twist with rhubarb flavor. Tart, salty, and a little sweet – the perfect combination.
The margaritas take just 5 minutes to make once you have the rhubarb simple syrup, which lasts for weeks in the refrigerator. You can make it once and have it at the ready. And you don’t need any special liquors to shake these cocktails up, just tequila!
That’s why I love making margaritas at home – you get to control both of those things! This recipe has just 4 ingredients, nothing artificial, and the sweetness comes from the rhubarb infused simple syrup.
Triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur made from dried orange peels that I NEVER have on hand. So I developed this margarita recipe without it. I find fresh orange juice lends just as lovely of a flavor, and I like that it doesn’t add any more alcohol.
Rhubarb differs slightly in color depending on the variety, the stalks ranging from green, pink, and red. Red stemmed types are not necessarily sweeter, because color and sweetness are not always related. But they do make for prettier desserts and give the rhubarb syrup the prettiest ruby red hue, so if you’re going for looks, try to find a red or pink variety.