Appletini (Sour Apple Martini) – Crisp & Chic

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Easy Appletini recipe

It’s funny how sometimes you see something on TV so often that you can’t help but wonder what the fuss is all about. I had that exact experience with “Appletini drink.” It seems like this cocktail shows up in so many TV series and films that I watched, from “How I Met Your Mother,” “Modern Family,” to “Enchanted” and “Molly’s Game.” I was genuinely curious about it, like, what is Appletini, and why is it so popular among those characters?

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After a quick Google search, I found out that an Appletini is one of the most popular Martini and is basically a Sour Apple Martini. The ingredients were pretty simple: vodka, apple schnapps, and a dash of apple juice, all shaken together with ice. Some Sour Apple Martini recipes even called for a cinnamon-sugar rim or a thin apple slice as a garnish. It sounded like a deliciously crisp and slightly sweet concoction.

I headed to my local bar and ordered an Apple Martini – a cocktail with a green color. I was pleasantly surprised. The Green Apple Martini was like a burst of apple goodness in my mouth. It had a delightful balance of sweetness and tartness, with a subtle kick from the vodka. I could see why it was a favorite among TV characters.

I decided that I needed to bring this newfound delight into my own kitchen. This is how to make Appletini:

Appletini (Sour Apple Martini)

A sweet and sour symphony
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 175 kcal


  • 2 oz vodka/gin e.g. Grey Goose
  • 1 oz sour apple liqueur e.g. Pucker
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Green apple slice or twist of lemon peel for garnish


  • Chill your martini glass. You can do this by placing it in the freezer for about 10 minutes before starting to make the cocktail. A chilled glass will keep your Appletini refreshingly cool.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. This is where you’ll mix all the ingredients together.
  • Pour 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of sour apple liqueur, and 1/2 ounce of triple sec into the shaker.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon (approximately 1/2 ounce) directly into the shaker. Make sure to catch any seeds.
  • Close the cocktail shaker and shake it for about 15-20 seconds. This will chill the ingredients and create a frothy texture.
  • Take your chilled martini glass from the freezer and strain the cocktail mixture into it. Use a strainer to catch any ice or pulp from the lemon juice.
  • For a final touch, you can garnish your Appletini with a thin green apple slice or a twist of lemon peel. This not only adds a touch of elegance but also a hint of aroma.


To make a sweeter version of the Appletini, you can add a splash of simple syrup. Conversely, if you prefer a less sweet and more tart cocktail, reduce the amount of sour apple liqueur and triple sec slightly.
Keyword alcohol, cocktails, martini

Apple Martini variations

Besides the original Sour Apple Martini, you can try other variations of this type of cocktail:

Caramel Appletini: This variation adds a touch of sweetness to the classic Appletini with a drizzle of caramel syrup or with caramel vodka.

Spiced Apple Martini: To give your appletini a warm, spicy kick, consider adding a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg. You can also infuse your vodka with cinnamon sticks for a few days before making the cocktail. This variation is perfect for the fall season.

Ginger Apple Martini: You can add a few slices of fresh ginger before shaking the cocktail.

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Berry Apple Martini: To create a berry-infused appletini, you can muddle some fresh berries like raspberries or blackberries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. This variation adds a fruity and slightly tart twist to the classic appletini.

Rosemary Infused Sour Apple Martini can be made by infusing your vodka with fresh rosemary sprigs for a day or two before making the cocktail.

Maple Appletini: You can add a high-quality maple syrup or maple liqueur to add a rich and cozy sweetness to your Apple Martini. It’s like sipping on a caramelized apple pie.

Johanna Cleveland
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Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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