The Story Behind The Strawberry Rhubarb Mezcal Margarita
It’s hard to improve on a quality Margarita, but mezcal, fresh mint, and homemade strawberry-rhubarb syrup certainly don't hurt! Sometimes, simple syrups made with fresh berries can be cloying, so try balancing yours with a splash of Aperol. It deepens the color of the drink, too.
- 2 ounces mezcal
- ½ ounce Aperol
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce strawberry-rhubarb syrup (recipe follows)
- Pinch of sea salt
- Fresh mint
- Lime wheel and strawberry, for garnish (optional)
- Add 4 or 5 large mint leaves to the bottom of a cocktail shaker tin, and gently muddle with the strawberry-rhubarb syrup.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, ice, and shake to combine.
- Double-strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
- Garnish with a healthy of sprig of mint, lime wheel, and a skewered strawberry.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Syrup Ingredients
- 1½ cups chopped strawberries
- 1½ cups chopped rhubarb
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups cane sugar
Strawberry-Rhubarb Syrup Directions
- In a saucepan, combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Once the mixture boils, remove from heat, cover, and set aside to steep for at least 45 minutes.
- Strain into a resealable container, discarding solids, and store, covered, in your refrigerator. (You can also add a teaspoon of vodka to help extend the shelf life.)