Apple Bomb Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Apple Bomb cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the classic apple martini. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a fruity, refreshing cocktail with a bit of a kick. It's perfect for summer parties, or any time you want to bring a bit of sunshine into your day.

  • The Apple Bomb was first created in the early 2000s, during a resurgence of interest in fruity cocktails.
  • It's a favorite among younger drinkers, who appreciate its sweet, fruity flavor and fun presentation.
  • The Apple Bomb is often served in a martini glass, garnished with a slice of fresh apple for a touch of elegance.

How Apple Bomb Tastes?

The Apple Bomb is a sweet, tangy cocktail with a strong apple flavor. It's also quite refreshing, with a hint of tartness from the lemon juice. The vodka gives it a bit of a kick, but it's balanced out by the sweetness of the apple juice and the sour apple liqueur.

Interesting facts about Apple Bomb

  • The Apple Bomb is often served in a martini glass, but it can also be served in a highball glass over ice.
  • Despite its name, the Apple Bomb is not actually an explosive drink. The 'bomb' in the name refers to the strong apple flavor.
  • The Apple Bomb is a versatile cocktail that can be adjusted to taste. For a sweeter drink, add more apple juice. For a stronger drink, add more vodka.


A few good options for Apple Bomb are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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At 1.5 oz, vodka is the backbone, giving the drink its kick without overpowering the fruit flavors. Too much, and you're in the danger zone; too little, and it's just apple juice with an attitude. Miss out, and you're missing the party.

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Sour Apple Liqueur

1 oz of sour apple liqueur introduces a tart and sweet apple flavor, creating a playful balance with the vodka. Swap it with peach schnapps, and you've got a peach orchard brawl. Ditch the liqueur, and the cocktail loses its signature pizzazz.

Emma Rose

Lemon Juice

Just 0.5 oz of lemon juice is enough to cut through the sweetness and bring some bright acidity to the game. More might pucker your lips too much, while less might leave the taste too flat. No lemon juice? The drink would be like an apple pie without the spice.

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Apple Juice

2 oz of apple juice rounds out the theme with its natural sweetness and fruitiness. Get carried away here, and you're making a soft drink. Forget the juice, and you're pretty much just partying with the alcoholic apples next door. An alternative? Pear juice for a garden of eden twist.

Alex Green

Apple Slice

A slice of freshness garnishes the glass and whispers, 'Yes, this is definitely apple-themed.' It also adds a crisp snack at the end of your drink. No slice, and it's like an apple tree without apples.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Apple Bomb Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, sour apple liqueur, lemon juice, and apple juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a slice of fresh apple.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your martini glass in the freezer for a few minutes before serving for an extra-cold cocktail.
  • For a fun twist, rim the glass with sugar before pouring the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

While sipping your Apple Bomb, a cheese platter enhances the experience. Opt for creamy brie or sharp cheddar to complement the cocktail's zesty and sweet profile.

Grilled Pork

The smokiness of grilled pork pairs splendidly with the Apple Bomb's fruity notes. It's like having a sophisticated barbecue in a glass.

Spicy Nuts

Enjoy some spicy nuts for a contrasting flavor that will dance well with the tartness and sweetness of your drink.

Light Salads

A light salad with a vinaigrette dressing will balance the Apple Bomb's acidity and sweetness without overpowering it.

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What you could change in Apple Bomb

  • Vodka: You can substitute the vodka with gin for a different flavor profile.
  • Sour Apple Liqueur: If you can't find sour apple liqueur, you can use apple schnapps or apple brandy instead.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice can be used in place of lemon juice.

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Cinnamon Apple Bomb

Ingredients: Add a cinnamon stick during shaking. Description: The warmth of cinnamon will make you feel like you're sipping on liquid apple pie. Perfect for a cozy night in.

Green Apple Sparkler

Ingredients: Replace apple juice with sparkling apple cider. Description: Adding effervescence to the mix turns your cocktail into a celebration in a glass. Great for toasting on special occasions!

Apple Crumble Delight

Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz of caramel syrup and a dash of ground nutmeg. Description: Indulge in dessert with a drink that tastes like grandma’s famous apple crumble. Sweet, spiced, and dangerously delicious.

In case you forgot basics how to make Apple Bomb

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Apple Bomb

Can Apple Bomb cocktail be made non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Apple Bomb cocktail by replacing vodka with sparkling water and sour apple liqueur with non-alcoholic apple cider. However, it will slightly alter the taste.

In what occasions can Apple Bomb be served?

While the Apple Bomb cocktail is perfect for summer parties, it can also be enjoyed during a cosy night in, a dinner party, or when you're simply relaxing at the weekend. Its refreshing taste makes it versatile for many occasions.

What are the similarities between an Apple Bomb and a classic apple martini?

Both Apple Bomb and Apple Martini share vodka and apple flavors as their primary taste profiles. Nonetheless, Apple Bomb includes lemon juice and apple juice, whereas a classic apple martini typically uses vermouth and may not have a strong apple flavor.

What are new variations I can try with the Apple Bomb recipe?

You could try adding a splash of cinnamon schnapps for an apple pie-inspired twist. Or add a splash of caramel syrup for a caramel apple variation.

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