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Thankful for Tequila Turkey

Tequila Turkey recipe
Thankful for Tequila Turkey

I’ve always known that Tequila is awesome. It warms you up when you are cold and it cools you off when you are hot. (Hello, Frozen Margarita!) Did you know Tequila is also a must-have in your kitchen for creative cooking?

Tequila-inspired recipes vary from meat dishes to salads to desserts. Have you ever tried Tequila ice cream? (If you haven’t I highly recommend you visit Litzy’s on Sonterra Blvd in Jarrell and try some. It’s amazing.) Tequila pork chops, grilled peach and mozzarella salad infused with tequila, tequila lime pie, and margarita cupcakes barely scratch the surface of tequila-infused recipes floating around the internet. Tequila is especially good with chicken and turkey. The flavors truly do complement each other.

This Thanksgiving, we found a fun Tequila turkey recipe to share. Check it out – we hope you enjoy!


Tequila Turkey


  • 5 California (dried Anaheim) chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 3 ¾ cups chicken brother, divided
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp tequila
  • Salt
  • 1 (14 lb) turkey, giblets removed and reserved
  • 1/3 cup apricot reserves
  • 2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Dried apricots, California chiles, fresh cilantro, for garnish



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Place chiles and 2 cups chicken broth in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then turn off heat. Let the chiles stand for 5 to 10 minutes to soften.
  • Mix ¾ cup of chicken broth, melted butter and tequila in a small metal bowl. Season with salt. Using kitchen flavor injector, inject mixture into thighs, breast and legs of turkey. If mixture solidifies, place the bowl over a gas burner or in a warm oven until the butter melts.
  • Place the turkey on a rack set in a large roasting pan. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey body. Tie legs together with kitchen twine and place giblets in pan.
  • Transfer the chile puree to a medium saucepan. Rub about 1 cup of chile puree all over turkey (reserve rest of sauce at the end), working some of it between the breast and the skin. Season the turkey generously with salt and pepper.
  • Add 1cup broth to the roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes
  • Reduce the over temperature to 350 degree F. Continue roasting the turkey until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees F, about 2 hours longer, basting every 20 minutes with drippings. Cover the turkey loosely with foil if it begins to brown.
  • Transfer the turkey to a platter, reserving the pan juices and allow to rest while preparing the sauce.
  • Strain the pan juices into a large heavy saucepan and discard any solids. Spoon the fat from the top of the liquid and discard. Add the remaining chile puree to the saucepan and stir until well combined. Boil over high heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Garnish the turkey with dried apricots, dried chiles and fresh cilantro. Serve with the chile puree alongside.
  • Enjoy!




Cooking with Spirits

Thanksgiving Recipes
Cooking with Spirits

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of all time. A holiday based on recognizing all of the good in your life, celebrating it by eating homemade, delicious food and drinking lots of fine wine and spirits – Awesome. Plus you have the added bonus of spending the day (hopefully not at work) with your loved ones.

Thanksgiving is also a time that many of us bust out the pots and pie dishes for their annual use and try to channel our inner Julia Child or Emeril Lagasse.

Once a year I become a master baker and only pies from scratch will do. I bake pumpkin, knead dough and grate the nutmeg all in an effort to add a little something special to the final product.

Did you know that adding vodka to your piecrust recipe makes your crust flakier? Have you ever added bourbon to your pecan pie recipe? The caramelly sweetness of the bourbon complements the pecans perfectly and adds that extra special something to an already delicious treat.

Liquor also makes a great glaze for your meats. Tequila glazed turkey or bourbon and orange glazed ham are both delectable options for a main meal.

Then there are fun concoctions like Fireball Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon-Bacon-Brussels Sprouts and Cointreau Cranberry Sauce.

Liquor can be a great ingredient in the kitchen. If cooked, the hardness of the alcohol dissolves and leaves behind a wonderful flavor. When mixed into cold dishes, it adds both flavor and a little extra kick to be enjoyed by the adult crowd.

This year we’ve compiled some fun recipes to share. So, as you dust off those pots and become a master chef – try something new. Try cooking with spirits.

Apple Delicious

Bring on the Fall
Apple Delicious

The best thing about Apples is that they are good with everything. They are delicious by themselves, fresh off the tree. Apple Pie feels like fall on Thanksgiving, but feels like American Independence with a scoop of ice cream on the 4th of July.

From stuffing to salads and pig roasts to turkey, apples are as diverse as they are delicious. So it only makes sense that Apple spirits are as well.

Crown Royal, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam and Evan Williams each have their apple line.

Effen Vodka out of Holland makes a fantastic green apple vodka. Smirnoff, and a few others also have their own line of apple vodka.

Of course, many of us are familiar with DeKuyper’s Apple Pucker! This is a staple in most Apple-Tini recipes.

Another drink that is popular and as delicious as it sounds is Apple Pie Moonshine. Midnight Moonshine and Sugarland’s Shine each make a really nice one.

Whether you’re a whiskey, vodka or moonshine kind of person, we hope you will enjoy the oldest recorded fruit in history and sip some apple this fall.


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