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November 27, 2015

Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned

A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned.

A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned. #cocktail #whiskey #bourbon #infusedalcohol

Y’all should know by now I’m kind of into whiskey/bourbon.

I love it in baked goods. I love it in drinks.

And I especially love it around this time of year because I can mix it with a favorite drink to make myself and those I love warm and cozy.

A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned. #cocktail #whiskey #bourbon #infusedalcohol

This Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned was inspired by my Candy Cane Vodka recipe. Totally random, but true.

The Candy Cane Vodka is one of the recipes that explodes this time of year, and since it’s gone over so well (and deliciously — I keep a little mason jar of it on our bar during the winter months to mix in with coffee, hot cocoa and more!), I wanted to make something similar that would be equally well-loved.

I was talking about this with my friend Susannah, who suggested making an infused whiskey. And since Winston and I had a killer infused whiskey drink on my birthday, I knew it was do-able.

So the question was… what would I infuse the whiskey with? And what kind of drink would I make with it when all was said and done?

A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned. #cocktail #whiskey #bourbon #infusedalcohol

The answer came in the form of holiday inspiration. Bourbon Pecan Pie is the item I bring to the Thanksgiving table every year, and I wondered how toasted pecans and whiskey would be together in drink form.

So I did what any normal person would do: I toasted pecans, let them cool and threw them in a jar of whiskey. I let ’em hang out for a few days, then opened the jar and made some Old Fashioneds.

As one does.

And the end result is delightful!

The cocktail is slightly smoky and sweet, the toasted pecan taste really taking shape as you swallow the whiskey. There’s a subtle vanilla taste, too, and while the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is strong, it goes down smoothly. (Maybe a little too smoothly, so you’ve been warned!)

Intrigued? You should be!

A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned. #cocktail #whiskey #bourbon #infusedalcohol

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Here’s how you can make it for yourself, your friends and family this winter:

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Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned
 
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A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned.
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Makes: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
Toasted Pecan Whiskey
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • 1½ cups whiskey or bourbon (a good drinking one!)
Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned
  • 1 sugar cube (or ½ teaspoon granulated sugar)
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz. Toasted Pecan Whiskey
Instructions
Make the Toasted Pecan Whiskey
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Place the pecans on a baking sheet. Transfer to the preheated oven.
  3. Toast the pecans for 10-15 minutes (or until browned and fragrant.)
  4. Remove from the oven, and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Transfer the cooled pecans to a mason jar, and pour the whiskey on top of them.
  6. Let the pecans and whiskey infuse for 3-4 days. (Or longer, if you so choose! It just depends on how much toasted pecan taste you'd like to have come through in your final drink.)
Make the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned
  1. In an Old Fashioned glass (or your favorite whiskey glass), measure the sugar cube/loose sugar and dash in the Angostura bitters.
  2. Using a muddler, break down the sugar cube and combine it with the bitters, coating the sides of the glass as the sugar and bitters mix.
  3. Place whiskey stones or a large ice cube, then pour the Toasted Pecan Whiskey over the cubes, swirling it to mix with the bitters and sugar mixture.
  4. Enjoy immediately!
Notes
Please note that the total time does NOT include the 3-4 days where the pecans infuse in the whiskey.

The whiskey will produce 6 total cocktails. The Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned recipe is for one, though, so you can easily make more.

A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned. #cocktail #whiskey #bourbon #infusedalcohol

Have you ever infused whiskey before?

Would you try a Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned?

A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned. #cocktail #whiskey #bourbon #infusedalcohol

25 Comments

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I think we would have a lot of fun hanging out in person! You always have such yummy drink recipes. We just bought a bar cabinet for our house, so I’m excited to stock up and try making some of your recipes.

    • Erin

      I completely agree with you, Jenna! Thanks for the compliment on the yummy drinks — we adore them at our house, and we have so much fun making different things to try out! I’m happy to hear y’all recently acquired a bar cabinet and that you’re going to be stocking up to make some of these. I hope they don’t disappoint!

  2. Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers

    I want to have a cocktail hour with you!! (Jenna too!) I’ll bring some fun soda syrups for spritzers if you bring the infused alcohol. I saw this on instagram and there are now pecans toasting in my oven right now to add to some whiskey. I even got a fun bottle of artisan old fashioned bitters for my birthday to add to it!

    • Erin

      Yes! Let’s have cocktail hour! That would be SO FUN! And I love these fun soda syrups you’re talking about. I hope y’all have thoroughly enjoyed these cocktails!

  3. Dustyn

    This sounds great! My family grows pecans in New Mexico. I’m getting married in May. Instead of the dollar dance, the bride to be and i will be tending bar for a segment at the wedding for tips and making a pecan version of a black walnut cocktail we had the night i proposed to her.

    About how much whiskey/bourbon do you lose to the now-soaked pecans? This cuts any need for nut-flavored bitters, would you think? I have some black walnut bitters i really like and i’m about to try out El Guapo’s chicory pecan bitters anyway.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Dustyn! That’s so cool that your family grows pecans in New Mexico! Congratulations on the wedding, and I love the idea of you and your bride tending bar for a segment of the wedding – so unique and fun!

      You don’t lose too much of that whiskey/bourbon to the now-soaked pecans. Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to it, and from what I can tell, it wasn’t much. You certainly don’t need any nutty bitters, but you could totally give it a try if you wanted! This whiskey/bourbon goes down easy by itself, too.

      I hope this helps, and I hope the wedding planning is coming along and that the tending bar goes splendidly!

      • Dustyn

        Thank you for the reply! It occurs to me that maybe any soaking that the pecan would be doing will probably already have happened with the water soaking by the time the alcohol-infusing.

        It would be great if the bitters are unnecessary!

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  5. Gabrielle McDowell

    LOVE those rocks glasses… where did you find them? Love this site… just found it. Thanks, Gab

    • Erin

      Hey Gab! I got the glasses from Anthropologie a few years ago. Here they are. Cheers!

  6. Nathan Lab

    Awesome recipe! Where did you get those glasses? I have searched and searched the internet and can’t seem to find them? I love the look! Thanks!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Nathan! I got the glasses from Anthropologie a few years ago. Here they are.

  7. Lisa

    I read that as pouring the whiskey over sugar and BUTTER. And now I have to try that!

    • Erin

      HA! Well, that would certainly be interesting! Never tried whiskey and butter before, but since both are good on their own, maybe the combo would work? 😉 Enjoy!

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  10. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    I’m not usually one for old fashioned’s but this is one I could get behind!

  11. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Wow. Yum! I definitely need to try this. So perfect for fall!

  12. Jessica | The Novice Chef

    My grandfather would absolutely love this! Might need to try it out for him!

  13. Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    Old Fashioneds were my Grandpa’s favorite drink… I think he would have loved this version!

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  15. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    I just love that you infuse the whiskey with toasted pecans! 🙂 I bet this cocktail tastes amazing!

  16. Michelle

    Definitely intrigued…I love your drink recipes! And those glasses are gorgeous!

  17. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

    I’d absolutely love this cocktail.

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