Cranberry Tequila Toddy

Marin Toddy Lynda Balslev tf

Finally – the weather has turned cooler. Most of the year I hear from folks about how much they envy our Northern California climate, but I have to admit that as a New England native, I miss the distinct change of seasons – especially in the fall. At this time of year we’re supposed to be pulling on our fleece and socks, not slipping into sandals and t-shirts. It might still be a too warm for wool right now, but I can at least make this drink. And you should too, especially if you are lucky enough to be enjoying a nippy November.

This Cranberry Tequila Toddy is my latest recipe in the November issue of Marin Magazine. It takes inspiration from the margarita and warms it up with autumnal ingredients such as cranberry and cider. Part cocktail, part toddy, all good.

Cranberry Tequila Toddy
Makes about 6 cups.

1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup Cointreau
4 cups apple cider
1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup gold tequila
Lime wedges
Dried Cranberries
Orange slices
6 cinnamon sticks

Combine the cranberries and cointreau in a small bowl. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
Heat the cider, cranberry juice, and orange juice in a saucepan until very hot without letting it come to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the tequila, cranberries, and Cointreau. Serve warm with a squeeze of lime. Garnish with the orange slices and a cinnamon stick for stirring.

8 responses to “Cranberry Tequila Toddy

  1. eastofedencook

    A wonderful way to welcome autumn! After the weekend rain it’s beginning to feel like fall here in No Cal. The evenings are cooler and the Cranberry Tequila Cocktail sounds like just the warmth I crave.

  2. November gløgg – looks wonderful🙂

  3. A warming drink and wonderfully seasonal cocktail! Delightful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. Such a pretty libation to welcome – finally – fall to CA. We actually turned on our heat for a bit this morning and celebrated a 1/2 inch of rain for our garden. Cheers!

  5. I love cranberry! What a great twist on a toddy.

  6. Mmmm….. This cocktail covers so many needs!

  7. This sounds like it would really warm the bones!

  8. This is wonderful! It’s actually gotten cool here. It usually takes awhile for fall to arrive in the South.