I’ve never been much of a drinker. In fact, before my recent trip to Mexico, I could count the number of margaritas I’ve consumed in my life on one hand.

Well, clearly I have a lot of catching up to do, because this weekend I discovered that I don’t just like margaritas. I ADORE them. So when I got home, I got to thinking about what kind of margarita I could make to celebrate springtime, and here’s what I came up with.

The base of this cocktail is a rhubarb-lemon balm syrup that I adapted from a recipe in Alana’s book: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making*. I love how it’s not quite as sweet as a traditional simple syrup…plus it’s a ridiculous pretty shade of pink! Alana’s recipe also had fresh ginger in it, and I’m sure that would be an awesome addition. Other herbs instead of lemon balm would work, too: fresh ones like mint or maybe basil, or how about simmering the syrup with cinnamon sticks or a few cardamon pods?

Note that while I am sharing how I used the syrup in a cocktail (because you might want to make it for a Cinco De Mayo celebration, yes?!), it’s also terrific when used the way Alana intended: mixed with sparkling water to make a homemade soda.

rhubarb lemon balm margarita

So here’s the recipe for the syrup and the margarita, followed by some more of my favorite photos from my trip to Sayulita, Mexico. FYI the birds in the photos are called Blue Footed Boobies (they really do have blue feet, and the white fuzzy babies were SO adorable), and there are some shots of my cousin’s beautiful wedding, as well.

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More Cocktails Featuring Rhubarb:
Rhubarb Margarita from What’s Gaby Cooking
Rhubarbarita from The Splendid Table
Rhubarb Mojito from Not Without Salt
Rhubarb Basil Cocktail from The Kitchn
Lemon Rhubarb Martini from Lighter and Local

* Disclosure: I receive a small percentage of the sale when you buy something at Amazon.com using a link on my blog; please know that I only link to books and other items that I use and love.


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    Paula — May 3, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    Oh my the wedding looked gorgeous. What a lovely couple they make! Much happiness to them. I love what they did to the backs of the bride and groom’s chairs.

    How neat are those blue *feet* on that seabird?!

    I’ve yet to taste a margarita. Wonder if I’d be like you and fall in love with them. Certainly looks very refreshing!

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    LiztheChef — May 3, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Oh boy, I planted lemon balm a month ago and it has doubled – cheers!

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    Suzanne — May 3, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    Everything is beautiful, the drink and yes it is the most heavenly shade of pink and the wedding pics, so gorgeous. I must make this drink and the rhubarb/lemon balm simple syrup is the bomb!!

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    LP @dishclips — May 8, 2012 @ 1:03 am

    Looks like a great drink and the pictures of the wedding looks gorgeous.

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    Kristina — May 8, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    I love the wedding chairs. So cute and creative. Also love the margarita recipe, it looks so refreshing!

    check out my blog for some creative food ideas.



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    Jamie — May 10, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    What a gorgeous wedding (and I love their chairs!)! The photos are beautiful – and those blue-footed boobies are great! It looks like they stepped in blue paint. I’m not much of a drinker either but between you and Barb I may turn into one.

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