This apple cider martini recipe is not your average apple-flavored martini. It has a couple of extra flavors that make it a multi-dimensional tasting experience and a very interesting cocktail. It's designed more for drinkers who enjoy drier drinks over the super-sweet appletinis.
The drink was created by and features Ultimat Vodka, which is ultra-smooth and clean. It provides a nice base for the apple and ginger combination. The velvet falernum, which is essential in many tiki cocktails, is the finishing touch that brings everything together. It's a fantastic fall cocktail that makes a pleasant addition to any party or occasion, even if it's just dinner at home.
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients.
Serve and enjoy!
- For the cider, try using the freshest cider available. During the autumn months, it's relatively easy to find freshly pressed cider at apple orchards and in grocery stores, where it's typically found chilled in the produce department.
- For the ginger liqueur, Domaine de Canton is a nice option and one of the easiest to find. The King's Ginger is another excellent liqueur that's worth hunting down.
- Velvet falernum is a syrup flavored with lime, clove, and other ingredients, often including ginger and almond. John D. Taylor is the most popular option and it's actually a low-proof liqueur. Other companies, including Fee Brothers (makers of a popular line of bitters) and Tippleman's offer a nonalcoholic falernum syrup that is a good substitute.
- A flavored simple syrup can be a good substitute for the falernum, especially considering it's just a splash in this martini. Try complementary flavors for the apple cider, like cinnamon syrup or a spiced brown sugar syrup.
- Flavored vodkas are always an option in martinis. For this recipe, think about pouring a vanilla vodka, which would be absolutely perfect. Pear or herb or spice vodkas (e.g., rosemary or cinnamon) would be interesting as well, especially if you do your own infusion.
- For a totally different spirit, pour cachaça instead of vodka. The sweet rum-like spirit is a perfect pairing for apple cider.
- Apple juice can be used as a substitute for apple cider. The biggest difference between the two is that the juice is filtered to help with preservation, so it doesn't quite have the rich, raw apple flavor.
How Strong Is an Apple Cider Martini?
Not only is this martini delicious, but it's also pretty light on the alcohol compared to other vodka martinis. On average, it's going to weigh in around 17 percent ABV (34 proof), or slightly stronger than a glass of wine.