Rhubarb Margarita


Total Time:

15 minutes



Do you know what today is? It’s the day before the best food celebration (in my book) and it’s the day we are celebrating Rhubarb in our Spring Fling round up! So in honor of this very special day, I wanted to make a cocktail. And what better cocktail to make in honor of Cinco de Mayo than a Rhubarb Margarita!

Rhubarb is super tart so the key to making or baking something with it is sugar! The sugar can come from fruits like strawberries, plums, raspberries or apples – but today I decided to just mix it with straight sugar and make a simple syrup for my margaritas!

Making a simple syrup is really easy and it can jazz up a lot of different cocktails. It’s basically equal parts water and sugar (1 cup of each in this case). Bring this to a boil over medium high heat in a small saucepan on the stove until the sugar dissolves. There you have it – a simple syrup! In order to jazz it up – you can add it any flavorings while the sugar is dissolving and then let the flavors infuse while it cools. Some great simple syrup ideas are; basil, mint, raspberry, peach, blueberry, and of course rhubarb!

And as far as tequila goes… I’m a personal fan of Hornitos Resposado! It’s not too strong so it still lets you enjoy all the other flavors in the marg. You can totally use a silver tequila too if that’s more your style.

Spring Fling: Rhubarb Margarita

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 rhubarb stalks cut into small pieces
  • 2 orange juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 4 oz tequila
  • 2 oz cointreau
  • 4 oz club soda
  • 4 oz simple syrup


  • For the simple syrup: Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan with the chopped rhubarb. Bring to a rolling boil and let cook for 10 minutes until the sugar is dissolved the the rhubarb has released its color and flavor. Remove from stove and set aside to cool.
  • For the rhubarb margarita: Combine the freshly squeeze orange and lime juice with tequila, cointreau, club soda and simple syrup. Shake in a cocktail shaker for 10 seconds and then serve.
  • Makes 2 very large rhubarb margaritas

Check out what my fellow Spring Flingers made this week in honor of Rhubarb:

Jessica at Food2: The Savory Side of Rhubarb
Nicole at Pinch My Salt: Strawberry-Rhubarb Fool
Sarah at FN Dish: Spring Fling: Rhubarb
Liz at Healthy Eats: Rhubarb Chutney
Diane and Todd at White On Rice Couple: Rhubarb Crumb Bars
Margaret at A Way to Garden: Making Sweet Order of Rhubarb
Sara at Cooking Channel: In Season Rhubarb

Spring Fling 2011 is a five-week celebration of all things Spring with Margaret from A Way to Garden, Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, and Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple, Shauna and Danny of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, Nicole from Pinch My Salt, some fantastic people from Food Network and Cooking Channel and myself!

Here’s what the rest of the 2011 Spring Fling Schedule looks like:

Weds May 4th: Rhubarb

Weds May 18th: Artichokes

Weds June 1st: Strawberries (Bring on the strawberry cocktails – this one’s taking place on my 25th birthday!!)

Weds June 15th: Peas

And the best part about Spring Fling is everyone gets to join in, click around and share your tips and recipes for the fabulous spring produce we are featuring!

So here’s how it works:

Go ahead and leave your tips/recipes/and favorite links in the comments below my Spring Fling post! Then click around to the other collaborators and do the same. Share your love for the recipe everywhere that way everyone gets to see it and join in on the conversation!!

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  1. Cookin’ Canuck

    Love these! My husband, lover of all things rhubarb, would happily guzzle down some of these margaritas.

  2. the urban baker

    I too, am new to rhubarb – what a great root/fruit! yummy cocktail!

  3. marla

    Such a creative way to use tart rhubarb!! I bet this cocktail is delish 🙂

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  6. kellypea

    I’m collecting ideas for my first attempt at cooking with rhubarb and this idea sounds pretty safe for me 🙂 Who could turn down a margarita that’s such a pretty color!

  7. Shaina

    Oh for the love of tequila. We’ve been enjoying agave margaritas around here, but rhubarb is perfect for the season. Must make as soon as my rhubarb gets a bit bigger. (It has been a slow start to spring here.)

  8. Nicole

    The color of that Rhubarb Simple Syrup is just gorgeous!! Rhubarb margaritas for Cinco de Mayo is a fantastic idea!

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  10. keri

    omg- i have been looking for way to start using up all the rhubarb in my garden- rhubarb margaritas- pure genius!!

  11. Maris (In Good Taste)

    This is so very creative! I love the glasses too!

  12. Jessica

    Gaby! You have done it! You have somehow managed to make the margarita better! LOL! This sounds fabulous and a great way to spice up the margarita for Cinco De Mayo!

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  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    creativity at it’s finest!!

    happy cinco de mayo!

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    Love the pink color of rhubarb. Unfortunately, its not grown here in the DR so I don’t know how it tastes.. Will have to visit the US during rhubarb season and make all the delicious recipes I see in food blogs 🙂

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    ooooh. I wonder if I could press my luck and find more rhubarb down here in Texas to make that drink. I’ve been lucky twice and that was pushing it…

  20. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    This is such a fun idea! I love rhubarb!

  21. Yvette

    LOVE the idea! GENIUS!!! Rhubarb and tequila here I come!!!

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  23. Raquel

    YUM! I love tart & tangy things, I might drop a little bit of the sugar for more tang!

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    I absolutely LOVE Rhubarb! What a great idea to make it into margaritas!! I can not WAIT to try this out!!!

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