The Apple Pie Martini is everything we love about the 'Appletini' set of cocktails, it simply takes a different spin on the flavor. Filled with the taste of Grandma's apple pie, this easy vodka cocktail is a delight come autumn and it will keep you satisfied through the winter months.
Apple Martini recipes are everywhere and it's nice to have a recipe that's a little different, a little special, and a little less 'puckery.' This recipe fits the bill perfectly and combines sweet vanilla with apple cider and cinnamon. The result is a comforting, warming effect that reminds you of homemade apple pies, the holidays, and fond memories of family and friends.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
More Tips for a Great Apple Pie Martini
The Vanilla Liqueur. Originally, this Apple Pie Martini featured Navan, a delicious, premium vanilla liqueur that could be found in almost any high-end bar. Sadly, the liqueur was discontinued in 2010 and substitutes have to be found.
Luckily, there are a number of options that are suitable, particularly in a recipe such as this where a little extra spice is actually a very good thing.
- Tuaca - This liqueur is a blend of vanilla and citrus, which plays nicely in this cocktail. If using it, skip the lime juice.
- Galliano L'Autentico - An herbal liqueur with vanilla in the foreground, backed by a little anise and other herbs and spices. It makes a very flavorful Apple Pie Martini.
- Licor 43 - Another blended herbal liqueur with a vanilla focus, it is one of the preferred substitutions in cocktails that once called for Navan.
- Bols Vanilla - Possibly the closest to Navan, the Bols version of vanilla liqueur is very vanilla. It is sweet, has delicate citrus notes, and is fantastic in many cocktails.
The Vodka. As with most vodka martinis, you'll want to go top-shelf in the Apple Pie Martini. Choose from smooth vodkas like Belvedere or Grey Goose or one of the many luxury vodkas that are on the market. This is also a fabulous opportunity to use a craft vodka from one America's small distilleries.
If you like, switch to a vanilla vodka to enhance that flavor.
Same Great Apple Pie Flavor: A Different Approach
Just like other 'apple martini' recipes, you can take another approach to the Apple Pie Martini. This variation retains all of the flavors, it simply goes about it in a different way.
What is nice about this version is that it eliminates the need to seek out a vanilla liqueur. Instead, the vanilla is taken over by a flavored vodka, the cinnamon comes from an easy-to-find schnapps, and we keep the cider in the forefront.
How Strong is the Apple Pie Martini?
Though every Apple Pie Martini will be slightly different depending on your liqueur choices, we can at least give you an estimate on the drink's alcohol content. It's light in comparison to other martinis because the apple cider almost equals the liquor. You'll be pleasantly surprised with how this one stacks up.
Assuming you mix an 80-proof vodka with a 70-proof vanilla liqueur, the Apple Pie Martini will be about 19% ABV (38 proof). To put this into perspective, a drink like the Chocolate Martini often weighs in at 26% ABV.