Designated Appletini Mocktail

Designated Appletini Mocktail

The Spruce / Bahareh Niati

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
106 Calories
0g Fat
27g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 27mg 135%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 120mg 3%
*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.)

Whether you're the designated driver, don't feel like drinking, or simply want a great cocktail without the booze, the Designated Appletini is a perfect choice. It is a non-alcoholic version of the apple martini, also known as an appletini, a sweet and delicious cocktail that is made with a vodka base.

The drink is an easy mix of freshly pressed apple juice, simple syrup, and lemon juice, adding a little sweet and sour to the apple. It is made in the same manner as a cocktail, starting with rimming a glass with sugar and then shaking all of the ingredients over ice. A garnish of thinly sliced apples also keeps with the cocktail vibe.

Making your own freshly pressed apple juice does take a bit of time and effort, but the flavor will be far superior to typical bottled apple juice. If you prefer to use store-bought, it's best to buy a high-quality juice that is void of added sugar and preservatives; look for "unfiltered" or "pure" on the label. For the simple syrup, consider making a large batch as it will last up to a month in the refrigerator when sealed well. This way, you always have some on hand, whether you're making a cocktail or mocktail, or even iced tea or coffee.

Many variations on the apple martini exist, and sometimes the fruit flavor comes from an apple liqueur or brandy, while other recipes use apple cider or juice instead. That means this recipe isn't so far off from the alcohol version, except for the fact that it is pink while most appletinis are green in color. But adding a few pieces of red apple to the top will complete the look and make this Designated Appletini appear like the real thing.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Designated Appletini Mocktail ingredients

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  2. Rim a chilled cocktail glass with the sugar.

    Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar

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  3. Pour the apple juice, simple syrup, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice

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  4. Shake well.

    cocktail ingredients in the cocktail shaker

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  5. Strain into the prepared glass.

    Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass

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  6. Garnish with apple slices. Serve and enjoy.

    Designated Appletini Mocktail garnished with apple slices

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  • When cutting apple slices for garnish, dip the slices in lemon juice before adding to the glass. This will preserve the color, keeping them from turning yellow or brown once exposed to oxygen.
  • If you'd like to also offer this drink with alcohol, it can be spiked by adding gin or vodka.

Recipe Variation

Although it will no longer be considered a "martini," this drink would be delicious and refreshing with a little club soda added. Serve over ice and change the garnish to a lemon wedge.