Apple Martini: 3 Recipes for the Fruity Cocktail

Apple Martini
The Spruce
Ratings (56)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
241 Calories
0g Fat
38g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Call it an apple martini or an appletini, either way, it's a sweet, delicious, and fun cocktail to mix up. Whether you're looking for a sweet and sour, electric green drink or one with a true apple flavor, there's sure to be an apple martini recipe for you.

Appletinis are among the most popular fruit martinis in the modern bar. The recipes are quite diverse and most feature vodka. While a few use apple brandy or liqueur, others ask you to pour sour apple schnapps. There are also recipes that use apple cider or juice.

A Sour Apple Martini

Sour apple martinis use a green apple schnapps and are a favorite for many drinkers. If you're looking for the greenest color for your appletini, this is an ideal recipe.

This flavor of this particular schnapps can be quite sweet, so a touch of lemon juice is added for balance. Yet, you will want to adjust it according to the schnapps you're pouring because they do vary.

For instance, with Bols Sour Apple, the lemon in the recipe should be just about perfect. If, however, you opt for the tart bite of DeKuyper's Sour Apple Pucker, it would be best to try it with just a splash of lemon at first.

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Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

    Apple martini ingredients in a shaker.
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  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Homemade apple martinis.
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  4. Garnish with an apple slice and enjoy!

A Dry Apple Martini

While the green appletinis are very popular, there may be times when 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 Berentzen a try as it is one of the best. You can also use calvados or another apple brandy. Many craft distilleries make fantastic fruit brandies and liqueurs as well, 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. Garnish it 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. In this recipe, a citrus vodka and orange liqueur are the perfect accents to a great apple liqueur like Berentzen.

For the orange liqueur, consider a good orange curaçao 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 ounce apple liqueur and 1/2 ounce orange liqueur into a chilled cocktail glass.

Tips and Tricks

Another variation you can try is to use a flavored vodka. Citrus and pear are two nice options that will pair nicely with the apple. Also, one of the caramel-flavored vodkas would be an excellent match for any appletini.

If you choose an apple slice garnish (either green or red), dip it in lemon juice after cutting it. This will preserve its color and keep it from turning yellow. An elegant lemon twist is always a good option as well.

How Strong Is the Apple Martini?

It's very rare to find an apple martini that is considered low-proof. On average, you can expect appletinis to weigh in around 25 percent ABV (50 proof). That's pretty potent and the sweetness can actually make your taste buds crave more. Keep this in mind because it's very easy to have one too many of these delicious drinks.