Friends, I’m breaking all the Negroni rules. A classic Negroni is equal parts gin, campari and vermouth rosso. This rhubarb tequila negroni does not fit into the “classic” category what so ever. But guys, that’s kind of my thing.
For one, it’s rhubarb season and I am absolutely in love with the stuff. I replace vermouth rosso with a rhubarb puree that is sweet and fruity and yet tangy and vegetal. Second, I replace gin with reposado tequila (tequila aged in oak barrels) which has a bit of tequila flavor with a smokey, almost Scotch finish. And lastly, I add some lime juice to really accent that rhubarb tang and because tequila. The campari is the only ingredient that stays true to the Negroni, adding bittersweetness and herbal punch. So really, it’s more of a margarita meets a negroni meets up with some rhubarb? Eh, I’ll stick with Rhubarb Tequila Negroni….