Dancing Bear Lodge’s Pecan Pie Martini

The ultimate fall dessert drink

Photo: Courtesy of Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

Townsend, Tennessee, is a charming, quiet town in the Smoky Mountains—a place well off the touristy paths of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. In this restorative setting, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro feels right at home. Boasting s’mores by the firepit and produce grown feet from the kitchen, the restaurant focuses on slowing down, digging in, and enjoying the beauty of the land.

Sommelier Michelle LaBorde tends not only to an exceptional wine list but to a cocktail menu with a half dozen signature drinks. She has a special touch with bourbon; you’ll find Southern peach tea variations and fantastic old-fashioneds at Dancing Bear.

To welcome the crisp fall air, she’s leaning sweeter this September. This bourbon dessert drink is ideal for lingering around the table post-dinner or, of course, sipping by the fire.


  • Pecan Pie Martini (Yield: 1 cocktail)

    • ½ oz. Company bourbon

    • 1½ oz. RumChata

    • 1½ oz. clear crème de cacao (like this one)

    • ½ oz. heavy cream

    • Agave syrup, for garnish

    • Crushed pecans, for garnish

    • Whipped cream, for garnish

    • Candied pecan, for garnish


  1. Heavily dust a plate with crushed pecans. Coat the rim of a martini glass with a line of agave and dip into the plate. Set aside.

  2. Mix all ingredients in a martini shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into your rimmed martini glass. Top with whipped cream and a single candied pecan.