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The Best Bourbons for Boozy Thanksgiving Pies

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

Bourbon is an excellent alcohol to give your Thanksgiving pies a more complex flavor, with a variety of aromas from vanilla, caramel, or honey and tastes of apple, pear, figs, or even black pepper, almost everyone appreciates a boozy flavored pie.

While searching through the numerous bourbon pumpkin, apple, and pecan pie recipes online we found that most do not recommend a specific bourbon or even suggest using the lowest quality. The alcohol itself burns off during the cooking process, you don't want to be left with a dull bourbon flavor.

Here's our list of some of the most flavorful bourbons to bake with this Thanksgiving.


Sipping bourbons you probably already own

You might already have a bottle of one of these at your house, not only do they sip well they also bake well!

  • Maker's Mark: It has a sweeter profile perfect for many desserts.

  • Buffalo Trace: It contains more sugar giving a caramelized flavor we love in pecan pies.

  • Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon: With its' mellow spice, rich fruit flavors and hints of sweet oak and caramel Four Roses compliments apple pies well.

Affordable bourbons that don't sacrifice flavor.

  • Evan Williams Black Label: An affordable bottle to grab just for baking, it contains hints of vanilla, apples, and peppery spices.

  • Wild Turkey 81 Proof: Moderately priced and an intense flavor profile that won't get lost.

  • Old Grand-Dad: Inexpensive with flavor notes of spices, caramel, and vanilla.


Enjoy your bourbon bakes

Use any of these bourbons for a flavorful kick in your holiday baking. Sign up for our BoozLetter for blog updates, drink recipes, and more! Leave a comment letting us know your favorite bourbons to use for baking!


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