Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spicy Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita

Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking

In my margarita-making experience, there's nothing that pairs better with the tangy taste of tequila than a homemade rhubarb syrup. It brings just the right amount of sweetness to the drink, while also contributing its own tart and fruity flavor. And when paired with a little lime juice, fresh rosemary, and a pinch of chile, some pretty amazing things start to happen.

Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking

I used McCormick's dried ancho chile powder because it has the right heat intensity but with an earthier undertone that helps calm down the acidity of the lime and rhubarb a bit, and the rosemary adds a breath of fresh air to the whole thing. Best of all, rhubarb syrup is really easy to whip up (boiling rhubarb in honey, sugar, and water), and then the margarita-making part basically just requires throwing everything in a blender for about 30 seconds.

Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking

Pretty quick fixins, for such a tasty reward. And on top of all that the drink is the loveliest shade of pink, and when garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary, is perfect for pairing with the vibrant food that usually lines the festive Cinco de Mayo table. I'd recommend sticking with the portions listed in the recipe, but you can change up the amount of tequila you'd like to include depending on your personal preferences. This recipe makes about 4 margaritas, so if you'd like more or less than 2 tablespoons of tequila per drink feel free to adjust it to just what kind of party you're planning on having. Enjoy it friends, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking

Rhubarb Syrup


2 stalks rhubarb cut into 1-inch long pieces
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Spicy Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita


1 and 1/3 cup rhubarb syrup
2/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary
1/2 cup tequila
1 cup ice
McCormick Sicilian sea salt, for rimming the glass
(4) 1-inch pieces of rhubarb, optional garnish
(4) 2-inch long sprigs of rosemary, optional garnish

Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking

First, prepare the rhubarb syrup. Bring all of the rhubarb syrup ingredients to a boil in a small pot over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the rhubarb has softened a bit. Pour the contents of the pot into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the syrup into a bowl and allow it to cool completely before covering it and placing in the refrigerator until chilled.

Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking

Once the syrup has chilled, you can start the margarita party. Take your serving glasses and, holding them upside down, dip the rims 1/4 inch deep into a shallow bowl of water. Then dip them into a shallow plate filled with the sea salt so that the salt sticks to the rim of the glasses. Set the glasses aside right-side up. To prepare the margarita, blend together all of the ingredients (except the sea salt) in a blender until the desired consistency is reached, then pour into the serving glasses. Garnish the rim of each glass with a rhubarb wedge rolled in sea salt and lay a sprig of rosemary across the top of each margarita. Serve and enjoy!




Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking

Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking

Rhubarb Margarita | Adventures in Cooking


29 comments:

  1. My rhubarb in the garden isn't quite ready for the holiday, but I'm definitely stashing the recipe for future reference. Your photos never cease to amaze me. Just stunning.

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    1. Thank you so so much, Mindy! :) I'm so excited to try growing rhubarb next year, I've heard it does really well in Oregon!

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  2. Oh my! This drink sounds absolutely amazing, Eva. I've never made rhubarb syrup in my kitchen although it's one of my most favorite spring ingredient in my kitchen. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing these gorgeous pictures with us.

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    1. Awwww thank you Sini!! I hope you do give it a try, such a tasty beverage!

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  3. This is such an awesome flavour!! Loving this marg - yum!

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  4. Love how gorgeous this is! I never know what to do with rhubarb, but this looks perfect!

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    1. Thanks so much Abby! It really is great for incorporating into cocktails, adds a fun tart flavor to the mix :)

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  5. Love how you elevated this drink Eva, great presentation too!

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    1. Thank you Cheri!! You are so kind :)

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  6. This is a beautiful margarita, Eva. The flavors, the pictures, absolutely awesome and can't wait to try it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Matt!! :) Let me know how it turns out for you!

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  7. i went on a little margarita spree this weekend and i thought grapefruits were the best..however, seeing this i change my mind.

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    1. Hahaha awww thanks!! You know I've never had a grapefruit margarita, but damn if that doesn't sound delicious. Might be making those for Memorial Day weekend...

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  8. This is too gorgeous to drink, Eva! I have a question about photographing food...for example, is this recipe shot in iso 100? I'm always astounded by how you get such crisp pictures even though they're dark! :D

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    1. Hi Ellie! Thank you so, so much :) I shot most of these photos at an ISO of 200, I'm usually not able to go all the way down to 100 unless it's particularly sunny outside. And I keep the aperture nice and wide open to get a lot of depth of field, too!

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  9. Gorgeous recipe, as always! All this talk of the big lime shortage and it being Cinco de Mayo have me really craving margaritas, but I gotta recover from a weekend full of mint juleps first! I like that you blend everything together--I bet it gets the herbs and spices well distributed. You've really brought a lot of class (and flavor! This combo sounds so rad!) to the ol' blended margarita.

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    1. Mmmm mint juleps! A fine choice, indeed. I hope you recover quickly, 'cuz there's nothing like a good ol' marg :) They're probably my favorite cocktail, always a good amount of sweet, salt, and tang.

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  10. The sight of that rhubarb brings back childhood memories! I'm not a tequila fan, but this looks good enough to make a 1/2 batch and try!

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    1. Thanks so much, Naomi!! Rhubarb is such a wonderfully versatile thing, and those colors.....it just can't be beat!

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  11. Beautiful photography as always girl!

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  12. You are a true artist, this is so inspiring!

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    1. Oh Sue you are so sweet thank you so much! :) I'm so happy you're enjoying the post!

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  13. this sounds delicious, and what a unique way to use rhubarb! you never fail to dazzle me. :)

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    1. Awwww thank you, Grace!!! If you give it a try let me know what you think!

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  14. Eva, your photography keeps getting better and better (if that's even possible!!)! Beautiful, beautiful!

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    1. Ahhhh thank you Lili I am blushing!! You are so kind!! :)

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  15. These margaritas are looking so tasty! Can't wait to try! The photos are very beautiful!

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