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Prep time: 10 minutes*             |              Makes 8

* plus ~ 1 hour to make sugared cranberries

ingredients

Punch

 

3 Tbsp maple sugar

2 Tbsp kosher salt

1 1/2 cups silver tequila

2 cups cranberry juice (no sugar added)

3/4 cup Cointreau

1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

3/4 cup fresh cranberries

1/4 - 1/2 cup pure Vermont maple syrup (to taste)

Orange zest (from 1 orange)

3-4 cups ice

Blood orange slices, cut in half for garnish

 

Sugared Cranberries

2 cups fresh cranberries

1/2 cup pure Vermont maple syrup

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

Instructions
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Mix salt and maple sugar on a small plate and rim each glass.

In a blender, combine tequila, cranberry juice, Cointreau, lime juice, fresh cranberries, and maple syrup.

Add ice, and blend until slushy. Add orange zest, and blend until just combined. 

Pour into the rimmed glasses.

Slice a blood orange round in half, and add one half to each drink. 

Sugared Cranberries

In a bowl, mix 2 cups of fresh cranberries and a 1/2 cup of maple syrup. Let sit for 10 minutes. Strain, and add to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle granulated sugar over cranberries and mix until coated. Let dry for at least 1 hour. Garnish cocktail with 3 sugared cranberries on a cocktail pick or toothpick.

Recipes borrowed and adapted from Half Baked Harvest