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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. The infused bourbon makes enough for 6 old fashioned.
Y’all should know by now I’m kind of into whiskey/bourbon. (For evidence of this, check out this section of my site dedicated to recipes with 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.
Other bourbon drinks we adore: Bourbon Butter Sweet Potatoes Spiced Apple / Blizzard Bourbon Cranberry Cocktail / Upside Down Cake with Bourbon Caramel Glaze / Strawberry Old Fashioned / Bourbon Maple Bacon Cupcakes / Baked Ham with Bourbon Orange Glaze / Boozy Bacon Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars
This Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned was inspired by my Candy Cane Vodka recipe.
Candy Cane Vodka is one of my recipes that explodes this time of year, and since it’s gone over so well (and deliciously–I keep a mason jar of it on our bar during winter months to mix with coffee, hot cocoa and more!), I wanted to make something similar.
When my friend Susannah suggested making an infused whiskey, I knew it needed to be done.
The answer came in the form of holiday inspiration. Specifically, the Bourbon Pecan Pie that I bring to Thanksgiving every year.
So I toasted pecans, let them cool and threw them in a jar of whiskey. Then I let ’em hang out for a few days. And when they were complete, I opened the jar and made Old Fashioneds.
The end result is delightful!
What does a Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned taste like?
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. While the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is strong, it goes down smoothly.
It should not give you dry mouth. Taste your pecans before infusing to ensure they’re A-OK, then follow the instructions below, infusing for the same amount of time. No more, no less.
I don’t like pecans. Can I use another nut instead?
SURE! I’m partial to pairing whiskey/bourbon with pecans (hello, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Hand Pies, Vegan Bourbon Pecan Milk Punch, Bourbon Pecan Brownies and more…), but if you’re not a fan, feel free to pair this with another nut of choice.
I think it would be delicious infused with toasted walnuts or even cashews!
If you give this a try, let me know what you used and what you think of the end result!
What do I need to make a Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned?
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- I love mason jars for projects like these that require some infusion. A classic mason jar will work, though these personalized mason jars would be super cute if you’re making this infused whiskey for a holiday gift.
- A jigger or an angled measuring cup.
- Metal muddler.
- Sphere ice molds.
Does this sound like something you’d like to try? (If you like bourbon/whiskey and strong drinks, this should be RIGHT up your alley!)
If so, scroll on down to learn how to make this goodness for yourself, your friends and family this winter…
Toasted Pecan Whiskey (Makes enough for SIX drinks)
- • ½ cup pecans, , toasted
- • 1 ½ cups whiskey, (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, recipe above
- • Spherical Ice Cube
Make the Toasted Pecan Whiskey
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Place the pecans on a baking sheet. Transfer to the preheated oven.
- Toast the pecans for 10-15 minutes or until browned and fragrant. (Keep an eye on them, as you could potentially burn them if not paying attention!)
- Remove from the oven, and let cool to room temperature.
- Transfer the cooled pecans to a mason jar, and pour the whiskey on top of them.
- Let the whiskey infuse for 3-4 days. (Don't go any longer than 4 days, as the pecans could dry the whiskey out.)
Make the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned
- In an Old Fashioned or your favorite whiskey glass, measure the sugar cube/loose sugar and dash in the Angostura bitters.
- 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.
- 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.
- Enjoy immediately!
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.
- Nordic Ware Jelly Roll Baking Sheet
- Mason Jar (Pint)
- Sphere Ice Molds
- Kloud City Muddler
- Sugar Cubes for Cocktails, Coffee and Tea
- Angostura Aromatic Bitters (4 oz.)
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 262 Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Protein: 1g