Skip the Pumpkin Pie with These 6 Thanksgiving Dessert Cocktails

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After Thanksgiving dinner most people dive head first into a slice of pie. Tradition generally calls for pecan pie or pumpkin pie with a big dollop of whipped cream. This year we’ve decided to tempt you to skip that plate (or even add to it) and dive into these yummy Thanksgiving dessert cocktails instead. There’s no better way to unwind from your Thanksgiving holiday efforts, and we think making a cocktail happens to be a lot easier (and faster) than baking a pie. And it’s also a great way to perk you up after all that nap-inducing turkey!

Aunties Apple Pie Martini (Exclusive to The Good Stuff)

Auntie's Apple Pie


Everyone has an aunt who makes the best apple pie. We’ve given that classic pie an upgrade with this delicate, refined cocktail. The spicy flavors of rum complement the caramel apple and honey ingredients for a drink even your favorite aunt will enjoy.

Tools: Cocktail shaker, small plates (2)

Glass: Martini

Extras: Thin slice of apple + cinnamon sugar for garnish

Servings: 2 cocktails


  • 4 oz. Dark Spiced Rum (we went with Captain Morgans)
  • 4 oz. Hiram Walker Carmel Apple Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Honey Liqueur {Christian Brothers works well}
  • 1 oz. Maple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Half-and-Half creamer


Add all ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain mixture evenly between two cocktail glasses. On a small plate mix granulated sugar with cinnamon until combined for garnish. On another plate pour small amount of maple syrup – about 1 tablespoon. Cut thin slices from apple and run the skin side through maple syrup then coat with cinnamon sugar mixture. Garnish each drink with apple slice.

Pecan Pie Martini

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Is there ever enough pecan pie in the world? Probably not, but this libation will bring that nutty, gooey flavor right into your martini glass.

Dark Chocolate Martini

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No dessert list would be complete without the decadence of dark chocolate. This all star cocktail brings that lovable flavor front and center with dark chocolate syrup to make Thanksgiving dessert cocktail greatness.

Boston Cream Pie Martini

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Made with a delicate mixture of vanilla extract, vodka, Irish cream and chocolate liqueur, this recipe provides a wonderfully creamy side-step from your standard issue pumpkin pie slice.

Key Lime Pie Martini

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Like the pie, this martini keeps you coming back for another taste because you can’t stop enjoying the equal parts of tart, mellow & sweet. The graham cracker crumb rim provides that extra pie-like indulgence.



I don’t think anyone could deny the traditional lure of a slice of pie “a la mode”. We decided to skip the pie and provide this minty-chocolate drink that brings you that scoop of ice cream in a libation that’s part classic cocktail, part milkshake and 100 percent fun.

Each of these delicious Thanksgiving dessert cocktails takes less than 10 minutes to prep. So why not get out of the kitchen, get behind your home bar and add a new tradition to your annual dessert rotation this Thanksgiving. Entertain your family and guests with dessert cocktails and have fun adding a little “wow” factor into your holiday. Have any other dessert cocktail options? Let us know in the comments!

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