While Australians love our Fizzy Apple cocktail, I’m personally more of a fan of the big flavors in a traditional Apple Martini (aka, an Appletini). This vibrant, sweet-tart cocktail is making a strong comeback, and with good reason!
I first shared this Appletini recipe on my friend’s blog, Amanda’s Cookin’.
Apple Martini Recipe
The Apple Martini has strong Hollywood ties, from it’s invention in a West Hollywood restaurant back in 1996 (where the bartender tried to get the name “Adam’s Apple Martini” to stick – thankfully, it didn’t) to lots of jokes of it being an effeminate cocktail choice for TV characters like Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Dorian from Scrubs, and Alan Harper from Two and a Half Men (we get it, it’s girly).
Possibly as a result of the unfair portrayal it received by those shows, apple martinis slowly died in popularity – so much so that it’s increasingly harder to find a good apple vodka.
I was lucky enough to find a tart green apple vodka to make this recipe, but if your apple vodka lacks that tartness you are going to want to add in some lemon juice – and then possibly some liquid sweetener to counterbalance that tartness. (Maple syrup, simple syrup, etc, all would work well in this recipe.)
(I also used that same vodka to make our Fizzy Apple Cocktail,. so you don’t have to worry about it being a one-hit wonder.)
How to Make Your Own Apple Vodka
You can also make your own apple vodka for this recipe by using the method described in our Homemade Strawberry Vodka recipe:
- Chop up 1 large apple (green preferably)
- Add chopped apple to a mason jar
- Fill jar with vodka
- Loosely attach the lid and place jar in a cool space (can be refrigerated)
- After one week (or one month), line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and strain out the apples from the flavored vodka. Discard the apples
- Store the vodka in a clean mason jar
This is a delicious apple cocktail recipe – the alcohol content is not that strong and the apple flavor is pleasantly balanced: sweet, tart, and not cloying. While I list the ratios for my perfect apple martini below, feel free to taste and adjust to your personal preferences.
I often order my liquor from Drizly because they have a quick delivery time (sometimes within 40 minutes) and no expensive mark-ups. Purchasing from them supports local retailers, too. They have a great variety of Apple Vodkas which you can check out here. (Amazon does not have Apple Vodka so this is your best bet for getting some – and quickly!)
Apple Martini Ingredients
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: if you are not serving your cocktails straight away, soak the apple slices in lemon-lime soda or ginger ale until ready to use.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful:
- Liquid measure
- Cocktail shaker
- Martini glasses
- Sharp kitchen knife
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make an Apple Martini
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add the apple vodka and apple cider.
Shake well to chill, and then taste.
I used a green apple vodka that had a bit of a sour punch, so I didn’t feel the need to add lemon juice – and then the simple syrup to balance the tartness, but you may want to if your apple liquor is more subtle.
Garnish your martini glass with an apple slice and serve.
Grab your free printable for our apple martini recipe:
- 2 oz apple vodka
- 4 oz apple cider
- 1 oz simple syrup, to taste
- 1 oz lemon juice or sour mix, to taste
- 1 apple, sliced
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the apple vodka and apple cider.
- Shake well to chill, and then taste.
- I used a green apple vodka that had a bit of a sour punch, so I didn't feel the need to add lemon juice - and then the simple syrup to balance the tartness, but you may want to if your apple liquor is more subtle.
- Garnish your martini glass with an apple slice and serve.
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Serving Size:4 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 0g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This apple martini recipe is a classic for a reason – it’s delicious, lip-smacking and incredible sippable!