The apple martini, commonly referred to as the Appletini, is a subtly fruity take on the traditional martini. It is J.D.'s drink of choice on the TV show Scrubs. He orders them "easy on the 'tini."
Diehard martini drinkers might roll their eyes if you order an Appletini, but they probably aren't aware that this cocktail has many incarnations. It can range from bright green and sickly sweet to champagne-colored with gourmet ingredients. However, there are a few things that most apple martinis have in common. These are vodka, an ice-filled shaker with a strainer and a martini glass. The mixers are interchangeable.
One of the most common mixers for Appletinis is apple schnapps. It can also be labeled "apple liqueur" and is usually a golden color. You can also use Sour Apple Pucker which is bright green and tastes like candy.
For foodies, it is not proper to make an apple martini without using homemade apple puree. To do so, combine 1/2 cup simple syrup with one or two chopped green apples. Blend them together. You can also try red apples for a red apple martini. Be sure to use a strainer after you shake your cocktail to remove any remaining large apple pieces. As an alternative to puree, you may use apple juice or cider. For a stronger cocktail, you should still add some apple liqueur in addition to the vodka.
The ideal garnish for this cocktail is a thin slice of granny smith apple. If you are skilled with a knife, try cutting a long, thin segment of apple peel that will coil and create a pretty design in the glass. Many bartenders garnish green Appletinis with maraschino cherries. For cocktails that are more golden than green, red apple slices look nice.
Classic Apple-Flavored Martini Recipe
A simple apple martini recipe can be as bare as apple vodka chilled and served straight up in a martini glass, but if the red apple flavor is desired, you may want to opt for ingredients that liven the cocktail. One basic recipe to consider is:
2 ounces of vodka
1 ounce of Apple Schnapps
1 ounce of Cointreau
1 ounce of apple juice
Washington Red Apple Martinis
A Washington red apple Martini is most likely inspired by the state's most famous apple, the Red Delicious. This fruit is heart-shaped and bright red, and its flavor is sweet. Due to both its flavor and its very crisp texture, the Red Delicious has become a favorite snacking fruit as well as an inspiration for creative cocktail recipes.
Surprising ingredients come together to reproduce the flavor of the fruit. The standard recipe for the drink calls for equal parts sour apple schnapps, Canadian whiskey and cranberry juice. Some recipes call for significantly less apple schnapps than others do, and the amount you choose is subject to your specific tastes.
Selecting the right whiskey is the key to creating a stellar Washington Appletini cocktail. There may be no better choice than Crown Royal Canadian whiskey for this recipe. With its creamy texture and amiable flavor, it is ideal for capturing the essence of the Washington Red Delicious. You can choose any of these whiskies in the Crown Royal family:
- Crown Royal Reserve has hints of vanilla and apple flavor with floral undertones. This whiskey also boasts a hint of cinnamon.
- Cask No. 16 is finished in cognac oak casks that yield rich flavors of spicy pear and raisins.
- Crown Royal XR is a rare treat that is full bodied with creamy notes of vanilla.
Preparation and Presentation of a Red Appletini
Preparing the cocktail is relatively simple. Fill a shaker halfway with ice and add the whiskey, sour apple schnapps and cranberry juice. Swirling the ingredients should blend and chill them nicely, but some people may prefer to emulsify the ingredients by shaking. Strain the ingredients into a chilled Martini glass and garnish it with a slice of Red Delicious apple.Rimming the glass with cinnamon sweetened with a little sugar is a flavorful option that adds aroma, but some people find that the cinnamon is a little overpowering and takes away from the whiskey's aroma.
If those aren't enough options already, there are several other variations on the appletini:
- Use gin or brandy instead of vodka.
- Add Midori for a really green martini.
- Add a splash of Cointreau for a slight orange flavor.
- Add pineapple juice for a "pine-apple martini".
- Add apple syrup in addition to apple liqueur for a more intense apple flavor.
- If you are watching your sugar intake, try a sugar-free apple martini mixer like Baja Bob's.
- Swirl caramel sauce in the glass before straining the cocktail for a Caramel Appletini.
- Rim the glass with apple-flavored cocktail sugar.
Almost Everything You Need to Make an Apple Martini
You have the vodka and your apple flavoring of choice, but here are a few extras that will help you turn out a professional looking cocktail.
- Martini glasses
- Green cocktail shaker
- Cocktail strainer
- Apple martini cocktail sugar
- Sugar-free sour apple mix
Use them in good health, and enjoy your drink!