5 Pie-Inspired Cocktails Perfect for Thanksgiving
Have your pie and drink it, too.
Arguably one of the best parts of Thanksgiving is getting to pile your dessert plate full of delicious pies at the end of the day. But sometimes, even after eating slice after slice, you're left craving even more pie. (At least, I hope I'm not the only one.)
That's where these drinks come in. They're inspired by pies, meaning you can keep the good dessert vibes going well into cocktail hour. So this Thanksgiving, if you're hoping to really maximize your pie enjoyment, just whip up one of these five cocktails.
1: Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
A slice of warm apple pie is hard to beat, but this cocktail is certainly a close second.
Make This: Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
2: Pumpkin Pie Martini
This cocktail is basically dessert in a glass, and what could be better than that?
Make This: Pumpkin Pie Martini
3: Appleberry Pie Cocktail
In this cocktail, apple juice and a medley of fresh berries make for a delectable drink.
Make This: Appleberry Pie Cocktail
4: Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail
Flavorful Cherry, Vanilla and Amaretto Cocktail
To create this scrumptious treat, heat the cherry juice in a small saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave. Then, pour the heated cherry juice into a small cup, and add the liquors. Stir gently to combine. Finally, top with whipped cream, pie crust crumble, and a maraschino cherry. Tip: to make the pie crust crumble, roll pie dough into a thin sheet (about 1/8” thick). Place the rolled dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake at 425˚F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on the baking sheet, and then break into small pieces
This toasty concoction feels even more pie-like thanks to the inclusion of a pie crust garnish.
Make This: Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail
5: Apple Ginger Pie Cocktail
Ginger and Cachaca, a Brazilian liquor, add an unexpected twist to this pie-inspired drink.
- 1 part Cachaca (we used Cachaça 51)
- 1 part ginger liqueur
- 6 parts apple cider
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ginger, grated
- sliced apples or apple chips, for garnish
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice.
You're Stuck at the Kids' Table Again
If you have to spend another year eating at a rickety card table in the company of your four-year-old cousin, you might as well enjoy an adult drink that will be the envy of your pint-sized companion. The Hot Peppermint Rod's bright peppermint stick and whipped cream topper evokes your childhood days, but a healthy helping of vodka makes it distinctly adult.
You Want to Help Friends Through the Season
Pass on some holiday cheer (and help friends preserve their sanity!) by sharing small bottles of liquor infused with seasonal ingredients like vanilla and anise. Get our step-by-step instructions and printable labels.
Your Great Uncle Won't Stop Talking About the Election
If you want to get through dessert without taking the political bait, you'll need to find some common ground. Something we can all agree on: The dirty martini is a year-round crowd pleaser that's just as popular today as it was during the swinging '60s. The only issue on which to vote: shaken or stirred.
Your Brother Brings Five Extra Guests to Dinner
Oh, you didn't get the text he sent about extending an invitation to his new neighbors? It's OK. Just smile and pour a little bit more cranberry juice into the Cranberry Hot Toddy; it's easy to stretch this mix of cranberry vodka, lemon juice, honey, bitters and cinnamon.
You Want to Be in Anguilla, But You're in Annapolis
You love your family, but after hours at the airport and a harrowing car ride, you're ready to escape to the Caribbean — if only in a glass. This frozen cocktail hails from sunny Anguilla and combines coconut, rum and pineapple juice for a tasty, fruity mini-vacation.
Your Aunt Won't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Shouldn't you be using cinnamon in that pie? Where's the green bean casserole? Skip the pre-dinner interrogation this year by asking your relative to be in charge of the morning Bloody Mary station. She'll be so busy setting out the Tabasco sauce, celery spears and olives that she might forget to critique your every move.
You Want to Sip Something Iconic
This colorful, bourbon-based cocktail is recognized for its prominent reputation. You'll often see a traditional Manhattan in the hands of New York socialites or among ritzy, fashion-forward movie personalities such as Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and the women of Sex and the City. And, of course, no Manhattan is complete without a cherry on top.
You Get a Group of Surprise Visitors
You're glad friends were "in the neighborhood," but you wish you'd had time to shop for supplies. Never fear: Keep a bottle of gin, a few limes and some tonic water on hand for a quick, classic cocktail that can be modified as you please. Cranberry juice? Pomegranate seeds? Campari? Add a bit for festive color and flavor.
Someone Ate the Last Slice of Pie
When someone else calls dibs on your after-dessert treat, mix up this drinkable pumpkin pie replica. Combine vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps and half-and-half, then garnish with the perfect "crust" made of crushed graham crackers.