Call it an Apple Martini or an Appletini, either way, it's sweet, delicious, and a fun cocktail to mix up. Whether it's a sweet and sour, electric green cocktail or a subtle and well-crafted drink with a true apple flavor, there's an Apple Martini for every taste.
There are too many apple-flavored martini recipes to count and it's best to explore a few to find the one that best suits your personal taste. Some use calvados, others an apple juice or cider, and many feature apple schnapps.
Here, you will find three of those apple-flavored liquor recipes. There are many more to browse below the featured recipes as well.
Apple Martini Tips
The color of the drink is going to depend on the schnapps or liqueur you choose. Many apple schnapps are green, but calvados (an apple brandy) and a number of other apple liqueurs are brown and bring more of a natural apple flavor into the cocktail.
For a garnish, you might go with an apple slice (green or red) dipped in lemon juice. This will preserve its color and keep it from turning yellow. An elegant lemon twist is always a good option as well.
A Sour Apple Martini
This recipe is the easiest by far, simply mixing apple schnapps with vodka and it has a very sweet taste. I did add a touch of lemon juice to balance out the sweetness of the schnapps.
If you'd like to have a Sour Appletini, use Sour Apple Pucker. In that case, I would skip the lemon completely.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Tip: Another variation you can try is to use a flavored vodka; citrus and pear would be two recommendations. Also, one of the new caramel-flavored vodkas would be an excellent match for any Appletini.
A Fancy Apple Martini
While the green Appletinis are very popular, sometimes you want a drink that comes with a little less pucker.
If a more subtle apple flavor is more your style, you'll find this recipe to be quite a treat.
For the apple liqueur, give either Berentzen or Bols a try. If you cannot find calvados, look for another apple brandy. Many small craft distilleries make fantastic fruit brandies, so check with your local distillers to see what they produce.
To make this drink, combine 1 1/2 ounces premium vodka and 1/2 ounce each apple liqueur or calvados and dry vermouth. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, garrnishing with an apple slice or lemon twist.
A Semi-Sweet Appletini
Yet another way to make a great Apple Martini is to pair it with a complementary flavor and a subtle hint of citrus is perfect. In this recipe, a citrus vodka and orange liqueur are used to accent a great apple liqueur (Berentzen is a favorite here).
For the orange liqueur, I might recommend a good orange curacao or high-end triple sec like Cointreau. While Grand Marnier may be nice, it's almost too dark for the otherwise bright profile of this martini.
To make this drink, shake and strain 1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka with 3/4 apple liqueur and 1/2 ounce orange liqueur into a chilled cocktail glass.
How Strong Are These Apple Martinis?
In order to compare the strength of the three Apple Martini recipes above, we need to make a few assumptions. Let's pretend that all of our vodkas are 80-proof and the liqueurs are 40 proof (an average or those available). We'll also skip the calvados for now.
With that, we can estimate the alcohol content of each recipe:
- 'Sour' Apple Martini: 25% ABV (50 proof)
- 'Fancy' Apple Martini: 26% ABV (52 proof)
- 'Semi-Sweet' Appletini: 26% ABV (52 proof)
As you can see, they all equal out and they're all relatively strong drinks, which is about average for most martini recipes because they concentrate on liquor. If you're looking for a lighter Apple Martini, check out the following recipes.