Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

This strawberry rhubarb margarita is irresistibly sweet tart! Flavored ice cubes add zesty lime as they melt instead of watering down the drink.

Strawberry rhubarb margarita

Margaritas! Just saying the word sounds like a party, and this drink has endeared itself to a special place in my heart. It’s more than just a drink to me; it’s a festive feeling: camaraderie + celebration. Girl’s night? Margaritas. Graduated? Margaritas. Made it to Friday? Margaritas. Such is the inspiration for this strawberry rhubarb margarita, a spin off our classic margarita that adds springy seasonal produce.

Strawberry margarita

Making this strawberry rhubarb margarita

This strawberry margarita with mint lime ice is a little toast to spring, using seasonal produce that is starting to pop here in Indiana. Sweet strawberries go hand in hand with tart rhubarb, and this classic flavor combination is not just for cobbler and crisp. (Here’s our strawberry rhubarb crisp, by the way.) It’s perfect in a drink like a margarita to bring just the right sweet tart flavor.

To get the strawberry rhubarb flavor, you’ll make a homemade strawberry rhubarb syrup by simmering the berries and rhubarb with sugar. Once the fruit breaks down, you’ll strain it into a jar and refrigerate until using. This syrup keeps for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

Mint lime ice cubes: add zesty lime flavor as they melt!

Here we’ve served this strawberry rhubarb margarita with a fancy touch: flavored ice cubes! And they’re more than just pretty. Freezing fresh mint leaves in ice cubes looks beautiful, but they’ve got some added flavor: lime juice! This genius move helps the drink from getting watered down as the ice melts. When the flavored ice cubes melt, they only add to the zesty lime instead of watering down the drink!

We might be biased, but we think this strawberry margarita is a perfect cocktail recipe for your next festive occasion. Let us know if you give it a try!

Strawberry rhubarb margarita

Strawberry season

Is there anything better than going to the farmer’s market to get a pint of ripe, seasonal strawberries? The earthy sweet flavor of a local berry is one of life’s great pleasures, in our opinion. This strawberry rhubarb margarita tastes best using fresh and local strawberries, if you can find them. Here are a few more of our favorite strawberry recipes:

Cocktail glass with mint ice

This strawberry rhubarb margarita recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This strawberry rhubarb margarita is irresistibly sweet tart! Flavored ice cubes add zesty lime as they melt instead of watering down the drink.


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Ingredients

  • 5 limes
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces tequila
  • Orange bitters
  • Salt, for serving

Instructions

  1. For the ice, mix together 1 cup water, juice from 1 lime (3 tablespoons), and lime zest. Pour into ice cube tray. Float a few mint leaves in each cube and freeze.
  2. Clean and roughly chop the rhubarb and strawberries. In a saucepan combine 1 cup water, sugar, strawberries, rhubarb, and 1 pinch kosher salt. Simmer until the rhubarb breaks down, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and cool. Measure out 1 ½ cups (if the syrup is not quite 1 ½ cups, add a bit of water.)
  3. For each margarita, stir 3 ounces strawberry rhubarb syrup, 3 ounces tequila (to taste), 1 ounce lime juice, and a few dashes of orange bitters. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass over ice.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry margarita, Strawberry rhubarb margarita, Rhubarb Margarita, Mint Ice, Mint Recipes, Lime Ice, Flavored Ice Cubes

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Last updated: December 2019

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    May 16, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Your getaway sounded amazing Sonja. And these margaritas are calling my name, I can almost taste the flavors. I miss those casual neighborhood places you talk about that serve margaritas and chips + salsa. Have a few extra sips and bites for me next time you go!

  • Reply
    Allyson
    May 16, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Your trip sounds absolutely wonderful. The scenery is gorgeous and the food looks divine. Wow. A California getaway may not be on the docket anytime soon, but these margaritas are. I love the idea of mint infused ice.

  • Reply
    Amelia @ Eating Made Easy
    May 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Take me back!!!!! Loved this trip down memory lane, Sonja. Miss you and our whole group! xoxo

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