It’s officially pie season—when we highlight the best flavors of fall by mixing fruits or nuts with spices and baking it all between buttery, flaky crusts. These same flavors work surprisingly well mixed with whisky and served in a glass.
“The flavors from pies are great inspirations for drinks such as the Old-Fashioned because bourbon extracts a lot of nuances from the wood barrels, such as spice notes, vanilla, caramel, and dried fruits,” says Pamela Wiznitzer, creative director at New York City’s Seamstress bar.
Here, four popular pies—apple crumb, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato—inspire cocktails that are balanced, never sweet, to grace your dinner table—no fork required.
Carya Fashioned: Pecan Pie
The sweet nuttiness of this rye-based drink is enhanced with a homemade pecan syrup.
Breakers Roar: Apple Crumb
Cold brew coffee gives this apple-inspired drink an additional kick.
One Before the Couch: Pumpkin Pie
Forget the fruit cake and focus on the fruity flavors at play here.
Sweet Old Fashioned: Sweet Potato
An Old Fashioned with a twist straight out of grandma’s kitchen.