Thanksgiving Football Beverages: Tequila Spiked Cider with Cranberry and Lime

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In the spirit of lifting our spirits and enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend, what better way than enjoying the big football game with friends, family and warm Tequila Spiked Cider?  After a day of turkey, a little communal couch-potato action sounds like the ultimate recuperative get-together, while digesting, relaxing and cheering on the favorite team.  As for beverages, aside from the requisite beer, here is a cider recipe that should help spike up the ambience.  Not for the faint of heart, this cider is fortified with tequila and triple-sec, creating an autumnal version of a margarita.  Yet, served warm it’s a perfect harvest concoction.  Got thermoses for the tailgating party?

Tequila-Spiked Cider with Cranberry and Lime

Serves 6-8

5 cups apple cider
1 3-inch cinnamon stick
4 cloves
1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup triple sec
Lime slices for garnish

In a medium saucepan, stir together cider, cinnamon and cloves.  Simmer covered 10  minutes.  Remove cinnamon and cloves.  Add cranberry juice and heat until hot, without boiling.  Remove from heat.  Stir in tequila and triple sec.  Pour into mugs or thermoses.  Garnish mugs with lime slices.

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