Washington Apple Cocktail

Washington Apple Martini

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
226 Calories
1g Fat
41g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 1g
Calcium 17mg 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.)

The Washington Apple is a fabulous and fun drink. It's a tasty whiskey cocktail that combines Crown Royal, apple schnapps, and cranberry juice to create a delicious sweet and sour fruit drink. You'll also be delighted to know that it's incredibly easy to mix up.

Over the years, the taste of the Washington Apple has gained notoriety in the bar alongside other Appletini-like recipes. It's such a popular mixed drink that you can serve it as a classy martini or a party shooter or on the rocks in either a tall or short glass. 

If you go the tall route, add more cranberry juice to taste. Otherwise, in all versions of the drink, the ingredients are poured equally. That helps to make this an easy drink to remember.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Washington Apple cocktail ingredients
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  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    Pour ingredients in cocktail mixer with ice
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  3. Shake cocktail well
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  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Strain into cocktail glass
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  5. Garnish with an apple slice. 

    Washington Apple with apple slices
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • On the Rocks: Build the ingredients in an ice-filled old-fashioned or highball glass and stir well. Add an apple slice or more cranberry juice if desired.
  • Washington Apple Shot: Shake 1/2 ounce of each ingredient with ice and strain into a chilled shot glass.
  • Add Soda: Some drinkers prefer their Washington Apple with a splash of soda. Choose a lemon-lime soda like 7-Up or go with club soda or ginger ale. It can be added to any style of drink; pour just a splash in martinis and shots and add a bit more to tall glasses.

How Strong Is the Washington Apple?

The nice thing about drinks like this is that they are the same strength no matter how it's served. On average, the Washington Apple weighs in around 16 percent alcohol by volume (32 proof). That is when it's made with 80-proof whiskey and DeKuyper's Sour Apple Pucker (or another 30-proof schnapps).

There are two exceptions:

  • The Washington Apple will be stronger if you choose not to add ice (via shaking or in the glass).
  • The drink will be weaker if you choose to pour more cranberry juice or add soda.

The Sweet Drink Warning

The Washington Apple is a relatively mild drink when compared to the likes of the martini, which is almost twice as strong. However, drinkers need to remain aware that sweet drinks can be deceiving. Drinks like this may be just a little too delicious because the sugars make you thirstier, which can lead you to drink more.

Keep this in mind and combat the sugar craving by drinking water alongside or in between your Washington Apples.

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