Apple Martini

Apple Martini
The Spruce
  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 241
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 1g
Calcium 18mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(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 and a nice break from the classic gin martini. 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 the majority feature vodka. While a few use apple brandy or liqueur, others use apple cider or juice.

Sour apple martinis use 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. The flavor of this particular schnapps can be quite sweet, so a touch of lemon juice is added for balance.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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

    Apple martini ingredients in a shaker.
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  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an apple slice.

    Homemade apple martinis.
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  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • You will want to adjust the lemon juice according to the schnapps you're pouring because their sweetness does 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.
  • 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 once exposed to oxygen.
  • An elegant lemon twist is always a good garnish option as well.

Recipe Variations

  • A simple variation worth trying 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.
  • Dry Apple Martini: Combine 1 1/2 ounces premium vodka and 1/2 ounce each apple liqueur or calvados (apple brandy) and dry vermouth. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish it with an apple slice or lemon twist.
  • Semi-Sweet Appletini: 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.

How Strong Is an Apple Martini?

It's very rare to find an apple martini that is considered low-proof. On average, you can expect these drinks 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.