If you’re looking for a festive signature cocktail to serve up this holiday season you might just enjoy Pecan Pie Martini. It even has a delicious chocolate pecan rim that’s sure to please!
One of my favorite Thanksgiving pies is a pecan pie. Double points if it’s chocolate pecan pie. Last year I made some really good Pecan Bars with Chocolate & Bourbon that were so good so I thought it would be fun to try to reproduce that flavor in a cocktail for the holidays. I knew there’s hazelnut liqueur and almond liqueur, certainly there must be pecan liqueur, right? Mix a little vodka (or perhaps bourbon) with some pecan liqueur and whatever else I come up with, it had to be good. Unfortunately, both liquor stores I went to did not have any pecan liqueur in stock. Bummer.
However, I did find some pecan pie flavored vodka from Pinnacle so I went with that. To my surprise it was actually quite good and certainly solved my problem of not having any pecan liqueur. I prefer a little simple syrup in my flavored martinis to take the edge off the bite of the alcohol so I made a pecan simple syrup to bump up the pecan goodness. To smooth it out and give this martini some creaminess I added almond milk (adds a bit more nuttiness). You could certainly add a little cream or half & half instead if you want. And for good measure I added a pinch of cinnamon. I know that’s not really in pecan pie but I thought I’d try it and I liked it. For the chocolate, I first tried a bit of cream de cacao, which was really good but seemed to overwhelm the pecan flavor a bit too much. Instead, I settled on rimming the glass with chocolate syrup and crushed pecans and that was perfect!
So, does this Pecan Pie Martini taste exactly like a pecan pie? Well, no, not exactly to be perfectly honest. But it is REALLY tasty and provides a hint of pecan and chocolate so it’s a winner in my book and worthy of sharing with you!Print
Pecan Pie Martini
A cocktail inspired by chocolate pecan pie. Perfect for the holiday season!
For the Martini:
- 2 shots pecan pie flavored vodka (I used Pinnacle)
- 1/2 shot pecan simple syrup
- 1 shot unsweetened almond milk
- pinch of cinnamon
For the Pecan Simple Syrup:
- 2 C. water
- 1 C. brown sugar
- 1 C. white sugar
- 2 C. chopped pecans
For the rim:
- Chocolate syrup
- crushed pecans
Pecan Simple Syrup:
- Combine water, sugars and pecans in saucepan. Bring to boil, stir to combine and melt sugar. Simmer 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once cool, strain mixture and toss out the solids. Save syrup in refrigerator.
To make a martini:
- Put some chocolate syrup on plate. On a separate place put some crushed pecans. Dip martini glass in chocolate, then pecans. Set aside.
- Combine vodka, simple syrup, almond milk and cinnamon in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into chocolate/pecan rimmed martini glass.