April 21, 2010
1 Ratings
Photo by Linda Xiao
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

I created this recipe a year ago, for Mixology Monday, a themed monthly online cocktail party: http://mixologymonday.com/. The theme for which I created this drink was to spin a classic cocktail into a new direction, and for this drink, I chose to adapt the margarita. The result was perhaps a little bizarre, but it was very tasty. You can visit my blog for a longer explanation of the thought process behind this combination of flavors: http://www.adashofbitters.com/2009/04/13/mixology-monday-a-simple-twist-of-great/ - adashofbitters —adashofbitters

Test Kitchen Notes

The Ruirita is a sophisticated sipper with a few hurdles to overcome: There are several ingredients (Cynar, orange-flower water and rhubarb bitters) that the average person is unlikely to have on hand. It is also a cocktail that requires measurement -- no eyeballing ingredients here! All that said, Ruirita does a great job of introducing casual drinkers to the complexities of Cynar and the use of bitters. The drink is flavorful and intriguing: the herbal Cynar complements with the bouquet of orange-flower water and the tequila smooths it all together. - Savorykitchen
—The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Cynar artichoke liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 dashes Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
  • 2 drops orange-flower water, to rinse glass
  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in all ingredients except orange-flower water, and shake for 10 seconds.
  3. Rinse chilled glass with orange-flower water and discard anything that pools in bottom of glass. (This stuff is strongly flavored, so be careful with it.)
  4. Strain cocktail into glass.
  5. Smile.
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3 Reviews

MiddlewoodAL November 29, 2020
We made this tonight and substituted grapefruit bitters for the rhubarb bitters because that’s what we had on hand - delicious!
MrsWheelbarrow April 25, 2010
I am now the proud owner of a bottle of Cynar, so this is going to be my Sunday afternoon sip. (Can't find the bitters anywhere, but that will not stop me.)
mrslarkin April 22, 2010
Great spring flavors! Sounds bizarrely delicious. And that swanky rinse trick I love.