Savor Fall Flavors with a Pepper and Pie Cocktail

If you’re searching for a craft cocktail to warm you up, look no further than an autumnal Pepper and Pie Cocktail from Watershed Distillery.

On a recent culinary tour of Columbus, Ohio, I had the chance to sample the local spirit-maker’s small-batch bourbon, gin and vodka, as well as cocktails from Alex Chien, bar manager of the soon-to-open Watershed Kitchen & Bar. Everyone raved about Alex’s refreshing cocktail made with tomato water, grapefruit, tarragon and Watershed’s Four Peel Gin (which, in addition to the usual juniper, is made with four citrus peels: orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime).

I’ve been craving Chien’s creative craft cocktails ever since, so I asked him to share a drink recipe with Healthy Eats for the season. His Pepper and Pie Cocktail harnesses fall’s best flavors — warming bourbon, apple cider, pumpkin puree, fresh apples and rosemary — in a single glass that drinks splendidly alongside holiday fare.

Pepper and Pie Cocktail

Recipe courtesy of Watershed Distillery

Yield: 1 serving


1 1/2 ounces Watershed Distillery Bourbon

1 ounce apple cider

3/4 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce honey simple syrup*

2 pinches rosemary, plus 1 sprig for garnish

1 barspoon pumpkin puree

Cracked black pepper, to taste

Soda water

1 apple, sliced, for garnish


Add bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, rosemary, pumpkin puree and black pepper to a cocktail shaker and shake.

Fill a Collins glass with ice and strain cocktail into glass. Top with soda and stir.

Garnish with a rosemary sprig and an “apple fan” with cracked black pepper.

*Make honey simple syrup by combining two parts honey and one part water in a saucepan and heating until honey has dissolved.

Per serving: Calories 141; Fat 0 grams (Saturated 0 grams); Cholesterol 0 milligrams; Sodium 1 milligram; Carbohydrate 12 grams; Fiber 0 grams; Sugars 10 grams; Protein 0 grams

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Photo courtesy of Watershed Distillery

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