Have you ever tried an Apple Martini? If you haven’t, we wouldn’t be surprised. The Apple Martini, also known as the Appletini, is a sweet and sour sipper bursting with flavours of apple candy. Made with vodka, orange liqueur and apple schnapps, this iconic cocktail rose to fame in 1997. (Around the same time that the Spice Girls were played everywhere, and the first-ever Men in Black movie hit screens).
How to Make an Apple Martini Good Enough for Hollywood
PREP TIME 5 min
Not in the mood to make sugar syrup? Use maple syrup as a quick fix.
Brush lemon juice over sliced apples to keep them from browning.
Chill martini glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.
If you want less ‘tini’ in your Apple Martini, use 30ml vodka and leave out the orange liqueur.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes
Pour in the vodka, apple schnapps, orange liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice
Give it a good shake
Strain into chilled martini glasses
Garnish with apple slices
Easy Apple Martini recipe
Apple Martini ingredients are pretty straightforward—vodka, apple schnapps, orange liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice, and the recipe is easy to master. If you can’t resist a good apple, this Martini recipe was made for you!
Who created the Apple Martini?
The story goes that a bartender named Adam Karsten shook up the first batch of electric green Apple Martini mix in a bar called Lola’s in West Hollywood—and it was an instant crowd-pleaser. Legend has it that this carefree and fun little drink became a bit too popular for its own good, with the county sheriff dropping by the bar to complain about the sudden increase of very merry people all around town. Once you taste one, you’ll understand why. Apple Martinis are so moreish that you’ll want to make this cocktail again and again.
Is Schnapps required for Apple Martini?
Absolutely, Schnapps is definitely required for an Apple Martini! Schnapps are grain-based distilled spirits mixed with different fruity flavours. Some of the best fruity cocktails contain Schnapps; in this case, apple Schnapps is the hero of this drink.
Apple Schnapps is made from fresh apples and other herbs and infusions (depending on your chosen brand), giving it a uniquely crisp and tart apple taste. Use it sparingly, though, as it can easily overpower other flavours.