Apple Martini Recipe

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Apple Martini, also known as an appletini, is a simple three-ingredient cocktail with a crisp, juicy apple flavor. This recipe uses apple vodka, giving it a strong apple flavor as well as apple cider to sweeten it and lemon juice to add acidity to the martini. It’s smooth and tasty and perfect for fall.

We like our martinis to have a vibrant, apple flavor and a mixer to dilute the strength of the cocktail. This recipe is not 100% alcohol which makes it easy to sip and tastes amazing. 

It’s smooth when you sip it and has a perfect apple flavor. It’s truly one of our favorite martinis and perfect for a summer or fall afternoon.

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How to Make an Apple Martini (Appletini)

Ingredient List

Apple Vodka – This gives the ultimate apple flavor. Use a good quality apple vodka for the best flavor.

Apple Cider – Adds more flavor and creates an appletini that isn’t as strong. If you don’t have apple cider, you can use apple juice.

Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds some acidity and freshness to the cocktail.

ingredients to make an apple martini

Directions

The full recipe is in the recipe card below.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker.
  • Shake for 20 seconds until the cocktail is chilled and diluted.
  • Strain into a martini glass and serve with an apple slice.
appletini ingredients

Tips for Making An Apple Martini

  • If you like a sweeter cocktail, use a splash of simple syrup to sweeten it up.
  • Serve this in a chilled martini glass for the ultimate flavor experience.
  • Garnish this drink with green apple slices.
  • For fall, sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top.
  • We highly recommend shaking this cocktail with ice for 20 seconds to get it nice and chilly. 
  • You can also add a dash of cinnamon over the top or line the glass with caramel sauce for a caramel apple martini! 

Sour Apple Martini Recipe

If you want to make a sour apple martini, you’ll replace 1 shot of apple vodka with 1 shot of sour apple schnapps. This will give the drink a sour flavor.

To Make it Stronger 

Some people love a strong martini. If that’s you, add another 1/2 ounce apple vodka to make an even more potent cocktail.

Make it Ahead of Time

Pour the ingredients ahead of time into an empty cocktail shaker. Store it in the refrigerator and add the ice when you’re ready to shake and serve. 

Don’t add the ice with the ingredients if you’re leaving it in the refrigerator for more than 10 minutes. The ice will melt and create a very watery cocktail. Add the ice only when you’re ready to shake and strain the cocktail.

Shake or Stir

Mixologists typically stir martinis. Stirring gently and smoothly blends the ingredients. However, shaking a dirty martini can help circulate the ingredients and creates a well-balanced drink. 

It’s really a matter of your preference. We like to shake our martinis with ice. And if you’re anything like James Bond, you’ll want your martini shaken, not stirred too.

appletini with an apple slice

Best Green Apple Vodka Brands

We use green apple vodka to give the cocktail a green apple flavor. A list of the best apple vodkas to make a delicious cocktail.

Absolut Juice Apple – Made with Absolut vodka, fruit juice, and natural flavors. Smooth with a well-balanced sweetness

CIROC Apple – A rich-tasting, award-winning spirit made with vodka distilled five times from fine French grapes

Effen Green Apple Vodka – Aromas of fresh sliced green apple and vanilla.

Amsterdam Apple Vodka – This is an affordable apple vodka that is really tasty. It’s a California vodka filtered three times. It’s so smooth you can create a perfect cocktail with it.

How to Chill a Martini Glass

If you want to chill your cocktail glass, place the martini glass in a freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to chill. Then pour the cocktail into the chilled glass. This is the best way to serve a martini.

How to Make Batch Apple Martinis

To make six cocktails, multiply the recipe by six and then add the ingredients into a pitcher filled with ice. Then, stir for 30 seconds so the ingredients can chill. When you pour the martinis, hold the ice back so it doesn’t fall into the martini glass. 

Is apple Pucker the same as apple schnapps?

Yes, apple schnapps and sour apple pucker are the same things. They are both fruit liqueurs with sour apple flavors. They are commonly used to make sour apple martinis.

When to Serve an Apple Martini

This drink has seasonal flavors in it and is perfect for the end of summer to fall. It’s the perfect dinner cocktail or a festive cocktail for any of these celebrations:

Fall Harvest Party

Thanksgiving

Dining Alfresco

Pumpkin Carving Party

Happy Hour

Frequently Aksed Questions

What does an apple martini taste like?

An apple martini taste like a light apple jolly rancher. It has a crisp and cold apple flavor and is mixed with apple cider, giving it a fresh, juicy apple flavor.

Is apple Pucker the same as apple schnapps?

Yes, apple schnapps and sour apple pucker are the same things. They are both fruit liqueurs with sour apple flavors. They are commonly used to make sour apple martinis.

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apple martini

Apple Martini Recipe

Apple martini, also known as an appletini, is a simple three-ingredient cocktail with a crisp, juicy apple flavor. This recipe uses apple vodka, giving it a strong apple flavor as well as apple cider to sweeten it and lemon juice to add acidity to the martini.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 martini
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces apple vodka
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce lemon , juice
  • ice

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker.
    appletini ingredients
  • Shake for 20 seconds until he cocktail is chilled and diluted.
    cocktail shaker filled with an apple martini
  • Strain into a martini glass and serve with an apple slice.
    apple martini

Notes

Double the recipe to make 2 cocktails.
Add more vodka for a stronger apple martini. 
Always shake with ice, it dilutes and chills the cocktail.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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