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Caramel Apple Martini

Martini Glass
How to Make a Martini

A caramel apple martini is a relative to the apple martini, popularly known as the Appletini - an assortment of libations combining the sweet and tart flavors of apples. Big on flavor, it is the perfect cocktail sure to impress friends and even guests who would never dream of sipping on a classic martini.

A Sweet Twist on the Appletini

Variations of the caramel apple martini are as diverse as the Appletini, which over time evolved into a group of elegant cocktails embodying a variety of ingredients.

A classic recipe mirrors the Appletini with familiar spirits such as vodka and apple schnapps with the added infusion of butterscotch schnapps. A sister to the Rumpletini, the spiced rum variation substitutes the standard vodka with a healthy splash of rum. The sweet and tart version is borrowed from the sour apple martini family, often combined with a sour apple martini mix.

A List of Caramel Appletini Ingredients

With a bit of imagination and quality ingredients, you can create a recipe with flair based on any combination of these ingredients, as long as the recipe includes a proportional amount of apple and butterscotch spirits:

  • Green apple vodka
  • Vodka
  • Vanilla vodka
  • Gin
  • Lemon gin
  • Apple juice
  • Apple cider
  • Apple schnapps
  • Apple flavored rum
  • Sour apple schnapps
  • Sour apple martini mix
  • Sour apple pucker
  • Butterscotch schnapps
  • Butterscotch liqueur
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Dry vermouth
  • Triple sec

Traditionally, a martini combines spirits in varying proportions of gin, vodka and vermouth with an occasional dash of rum or liqueur. With a cocktail such as the caramel Appletini, part of the fun is experimenting with different libations.

Accoutrements from the Bar

You already selected your ingredients, and the next step in creating a memorable martini is to make sure you have all the necessary accoutrements before shaking your apple martini:

  • Ice
  • Strainer
  • Martini shaker
  • Chilled martini glasses
  • Garnish of your choice

Caramel Apple Martini Recipe Ideas

Classic Caramel Apple Martini

  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 1.5 ounces of sour apple schnapps
  • 1.5 ounces of butterscotch schnapps
  • Splash of dry vermouth (optional)

For a sweet treat, garnish your cocktail with creamy caramel and apple slices.

Sweet and Sour Caramel Appletini

  • 1 ounce of lemon gin
  • 2 ounces of butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce of sour apple schnapps
  • 1 ounce of sour apple martini mix

For the sweet and sour cocktails garnish with sugar and tart fruit, like cherry, sliced green apple or lemon wedges.

The Candy Apple Bomb

  • 2 ounces of sour pucker
  • 2 ounces of butterscotch liqueur
  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • .5 ounce of triple sec
  • .5 ounce of lillet Blanc (optional)

Garnish this amazingly creative cocktail with candy apple accoutrements such as caramel, crushed nuts and sliced caramel apples. Top with chocolate shavings.

Spiced Apple Butter Rumpletini

  • 1.5 ounces of apple rum
  • 1.5 ounces of butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce of spiced cider or apple juice

The perfect garnish for a caramel Rumplestini is spices such as cinnamon.

Presenting a Martini

Part of the appeal of making a martini goes into the final touches of this ultra sophisticated cocktail. One of the first steps in presenting the perfect martini is to chill the martini glasses in the freezer until the cocktails are served. Once chilled, rim the glasses with gourmet sugar, or drizzle the glasses with the garnish of your choice and place them back in the freezer.


One classic method is to rim a chilled martini glass with sugar and top it off with the fruit of your choice. Complementary rim sugar ideas include apple-lime flavored cocktail sugar. A garnish sure to impress is caramel syrup drizzled inside of an empty glass, or along the rim. Rim again with crushed nuts of your choice; nuts complementary with caramel and apple are Brazil nuts, walnuts and pecan. Chill until the cocktail is served.Top your cocktail with a caramelized apple slice and enjoy.

Caramel Apple Martini