Harvest Cocktails

The days are shorter and the nights are colder, which means it’s the perfect time for warm cocktails. WFM Vendor, Townshend’s Distillery, has shared two slow cooker cocktails that are perfect for the holiday season!

Timberline Cider

This is the simplest and possibly the most immediately rewarding slow cooker cocktail out there. Four key ingredients work wonders together to make a refreshing cozy sipper.

Serving Size: 8 oz.
Serves 14 people


  • 2 liters apple cider*
  • 750ml of Bluebird Alpine Liqueur*
  • 300ml of lemon juice
  • 250mls of water 
  • Peels of 2 lemons
  • 3 small pinches of salt

* available at the market


  1. Bring the cider to a simmer in a crockpot.
  2. Add the lemon juice and water.
  3. Add Bluebird Alpine Liqueur.
  4. Add lemon and salt to taste (use caution with the salt my friend- you shouldn’t taste “salty”, all the other ingredients should just “sharpen”).

Serve with 2 dashes of angostura bitters and a cinnamon stick or a clove studded lemon wheel

Toddy Rundgren

This is a wonderfully balanced hot toddy recipe to enjoy after a large meal with friends and family, or a welcoming cocktail to serve when they arrive to set the tone of your gathering. The mint and chamomile help to calm and relax while the bright ginger and maple notes of the Bluebird Alpine Liqueur keep it seasonal tasting without dipping into pumpkin spice territory, which is lovely but should often be administered with restraint.

Serving size: 8 oz.
servings: 14 people

  • 2.5L of water
  • 5 tablespoons of peppermint tea + 3 heaping tablespoons of chamomile
  • 750ml of Bluebird Alpine Liqueur*
  • 250ml of honey*
  • 150ml of lemon juice

* available at the market

Note: stainless steel infusers might be preferred for the tea, but you can bundle the herbs into cheesecloth and tie them up and let them sit in the simmering water.


  1. Bring water to a near boil in a crockpot then turn the heat to low.
  2. Add all nonalcoholic ingredients while the water cools a little. Be sure to dissolve all the honey into the solution.
  3. Add Bluebird Alpine Liqueur.
  4. If necessary- sweeten further to taste.

Written by KJ Fields. She writes about people, projects and health from her place in Woodstock.

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