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?
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)
- 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.
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.
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.