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Red Pepper Rhubarb Margaritas!

Devin Kidner

This year you deserve a margarita with some punch. Forget everything you know and make this gem...now!

I dreamt of making a margarita that was both tart and spicy because I felt like the classic drink can either be too sour or way too sweet, with little complexity. Rhubarb has a rich flavour, red pepper adds heat, and agave syrup is smoky and sweet, making this margarita unforgettable.

The only thing you have to prepare is the Rhubarb Red Pepper Syrup, and you need four ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 stalks of rhubarb (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper
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Toss them in a pot and bring to boil. Turn down the heat and let gently simmer for 10-15 minutes. Once cooked, strain and let cool.


Rhubarb Red Pepper Margarita


  • 4 oz of Rhubarb Red Pepper syrup
  • 2 oz Tequila (we used Jose Cuervo Especial Silver)
  • A couple dashes of citrus bitters (or the juice from one wedge of one lime)
  • Ice (LOTS of it!)

Pour ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously for about 12 seconds. Strain into a glass half-rimmed with salt and filled with crushed ice. Enjoy!

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