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Cran-Apple Tequila Punch with Smoked Oranges

Difficulty 2/5
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Prep time 15 mins

Cook time 15 mins
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Serves 2-4

Hardwood Hickory

This cocktail packs a real punch. We’re taking apple and cranberry juice, smoked fresh orange juice, and mixing them all with a spirited combination of tequila, Grand Marnier and sparkling wine.

Ingredients

6 cups chilled apple juice

6 cups light cranberry cocktail

1 cup fresh or thawed cranberries

3 large oranges, halved

1 cup sugar, for rimming glasses

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 cups reposado tequila

1 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau

2 bottles sparkling wine (such as prosecco) or sparkling water

Preparation

Combine 1 cup each of the apple and cranberry juices, then pour into ice cube trays. If the cube molds are big enough, place a few cranberries into each cube. Freeze for 6 hours to overnight.

When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

Place the orange halves cut-side down on the grill and smoke for 15 minutes. Remove from the grill and juice oranges. Reserve smoked orange juice.

When ready to serve, place the sugar on a flat plate. Pour the lemon juice into a bowl that will fit the rim of each glass.

Carefully dip the rim of each glass in the lemon juice, then dip in the sugar to create a 1/8" sugar rim. Turn the glass right-side up and allow to dry for a few minutes before using.

Just before serving, mix the remaining apple juice, cranberry cocktail and smoked orange juice with the tequila, orange liqueur, and sparkling wine in a large bowl or pitcher. Taste, adding more of any ingredient to meet your preference.

When ready to serve, place a few ice cubes in each glass, then pour a cup of the punch over the top. Alternatively, place all of the ice cubes in the punch bowl and allow guests to help themselves. Enjoy!

*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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