Pecan Pie Manhattan is a nutty version of a bourbon cocktail that I am always obsessed with come fall. The pecan pie bourbon brings a whole new level of flavor to the Manhattan! Dessert can come BEFORE dinner with this bad boy.

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In case you missed my post yesterday, I kicked off the official start to Thanksgiving season with my Cranberry Goat Cheese Tarts AND Blogsgiving!

I thought it would be only fitting to follow it up with a tasty cocktail that’ll get you in the mood for Thanksgiving (without you feeling like you have to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy it).

Whenever I think about Thanksgiving I think about PIE.

I know it’s usually turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing taking up your thoughts when you think of the holiday, but for me it’s all about the end of the meal.

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Those luscious pies… from pumpkin to sweet potato, apple and especially pecan

Oh boy my mouth is already watering just thinking about it…

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Side note: Is anyone else starting to prep for their Thanksgiving menu? I want to do something different with my turkey this year (I still want to roast it) and I have no idea where to start.

A chipotle rub? Maybe chili lime? HALP. If you’ve done something outside the norm, will you pleeeeeeease share below? I need inspiration! 

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Sorry, that was an intense random tangent… back to regularly scheduled programming!

Pecans are oh-so fall to me. The nutty rich flavor is almost intoxicating, especially when you add it to some bourbon. I used toasted pecans and vanilla to infuse the pecan pie bourbon I have in this cocktail.

The flavor of the bourbon really gives the classic Manhattan cocktail a deeper, richer flavor.

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So I’m going to kick back and indulge in one more of these bad boys tonight to get myself in that Thanksgiving-y mood. Cheers, folks!

This Recipe’s Must Haves

I like to use one of my mason jars to infuse the bourbon with the pecan pie flavor that makes this cocktail truly unique. I love to also imbibe in the pecan pie bourbon on the rocks after a delicious meal. It also makes for a fun hostess gift if you want to surprise whoever is hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year!

To make the cocktail, you need standard bar items like a cocktail spoon, cocktail shaker, and cocktail strainer

When you are serving your cocktail in one of your double old fashioned glasses, I love to use an ice cube made in these sphere ice molds. The ice melts a lot slower so the cocktail doesn’t get diluted! It’s one of my must-haves in our freezer all the time.

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Pecan Pie Manhattan

Yield: 1 cocktail + 2 cups pecan pie bourbon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 5 minutes

Toasted and nutty, this cocktail is a delicious twist on the classic cocktail for happy hour.

Ingredients

Pecan Pie Bourbon

  • 1 cup toasted pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups bourbon

Manhattan

  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz Pecan Pie Bourbon
  • Orange twist

Instructions

  1. To make the pecan pie bourbon, combine pecans, vanilla and bourbon in an airtight container. Let the bourbon infuse for at least 2 to 3 days.
  2. To make the Manhattan, add sweet vermouth, bitters, and pecan pie bourbon to a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a rocks cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist, if desired.

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