Apple Martini Cocktail Recipe

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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 Martini, also known as the Appletini, is a modern twist on the classic Martini cocktail. It was created in the late 1990s and quickly gained popularity in bars and clubs around the world. The cocktail is known for its vibrant green color and fruity flavor, making it a favorite among those who enjoy a sweeter, more refreshing take on the traditional Martini.

  • The Apple Martini was popularized during the '90s cocktail renaissance
  • It is often associated with the cosmopolitan lifestyle and has been featured in various movies and TV shows
  • The cocktail is enjoyed by those who prefer a sweeter, fruitier alternative to the classic Martini

How Apple Martini Tastes?

The Apple Martini has a sweet and sour taste, with a crisp and refreshing apple flavor. It is well-balanced, with a slight tartness from the apple and a smooth, velvety finish from the vodka.

Interesting facts about Apple Martini

  • The Apple Martini is sometimes made with apple schnapps or apple liqueur, which can give it a more intense apple flavor
  • The vibrant green color of the cocktail is often achieved by using green apple flavored liqueur or adding a few drops of green food coloring
  • The Appletini has inspired many variations, such as the Caramel Apple Martini and the Sour Apple Martini


A few good options for Apple Martini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The backbone of many a cocktail, vodka provides a neutral base that lets the other flavors shine. In this case, 2 oz is the perfect quantity to give the cocktail a good kick without overpowering the delicate apple notes. No vodka? No party—your martini will miss its spirit (literally).

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Green Apple Liqueur

This is the apple to your martini, the sweet to your sour, the 1 oz of pizzazz your drink desperately needs. It brings the fruity flavor and the vibrant color. Omit this, and you’re just sipping on a sad, unfruited vodka lemonade.

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Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed, please, for that 0.5 oz zing of citrus to cut through the sweetness. Too little, and your drink is cloying; too much, and you’re puckering more than a duck-face selfie. This juice is the balancing act in your cocktail circus.

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Simple Syrup

This is your sugar agent, bringing it all together with 0.5 oz of sweetness to smooth out the tart edges. Without it, your drink might be mistaken for a hardcore detox potion.

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Apple Slice

The garnish; it's like the ribbon on a present or the cherry on a sundae. It's not just there to look pretty, but without it, you’ll feel something's missing. Plus, it adds a bit of fresh apple aroma right at the nose.

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Our tiny dash of drama, this 1 drop will slowly swirl into your drink, creating a sunset effect. Plus, a touch more sweetness never hurt, did it?

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Recipe. How to make Apple Martini Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the vodka, green apple liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with an apple slice and a drop of grenadine

Pro Tips

  • Chill your martini glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold longer
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to properly mix the ingredients and chill the drink

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platters: The sharpness of aged cheeses like gouda or cheddar complements the sweetness of the Apple Martini.
  • Sushi: Specifically rolls with a bit of sweetness, like those containing mango or sweet eel sauce, to match the fruity elements of the drink.


  • Apple Pie or Tarte Tatin: Enhances the apple flavors in the cocktail for a harmonious pairing.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: The creaminess contrasts with the crisp tartness of the martini.


  • Salted Nuts: Salt contrasts well with the sweet and sour profile of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Apple Martini

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with gin for a more botanical flavor
  • Green Apple Liqueur: Can be substituted with apple schnapps or apple juice for a less alcoholic version
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used as a substitute

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Spiced Apple Martini

Add a dash of cinnamon and replace plain vodka with vanilla vodka. This twist brings warming spices into the mix, perfect for a fall evening.


  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz Green Apple Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • A Dash of Ground Cinnamon
  • Apple Slice for Garnish


Follow the original recipe, adding the ground cinnamon to the shaker before shaking.

Caramel Apple Martini

Introduce caramel syrup in place of simple syrup for a dessert-like twist on this classic. It’s like biting into a caramel-dipped apple at the county fair, but with a buzz.


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Green Apple Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz Caramel Syrup
  • Apple Slice and Caramel Sauce for Garnish


Follow the original recipe, substituting simple syrup with caramel syrup.

Sour Apple Martini

Skip the simple syrup and add a little more lemon juice and a splash of sour mix for those who really want their taste buds to tango with tartness.


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Green Apple Liqueur
  • 0.75 oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.25 oz Sour Mix
  • Apple Slice for Garnish


Follow the original recipe, but increase lemon juice and include sour mix.

In case you forgot basics how to make Apple Martini

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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.

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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 Martini

What glassware should I use to serve the Apple Martini?

While the cocktail is typically served in a martini glass, you can also use a cocktail or coupe glass.

What time of the year is the Apple Martini most popular?

While it can be enjoyed year-round, the Apple Martini is particularly popular in the fall when apples are in season.

Is it possible to make an Apple Martini without alcohol?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Apple Martini by replacing the vodka and green apple liqueur with non-alcoholic alternatives like sparkling water and apple juice.

How can I make my Apple Martini less sweet?

You can reduce the sweetness of an Apple Martini by using less green apple liqueur or simple syrup.

What are some popular garnishes for the Apple Martini other than apple slices?

Other fruit slices such as lime and lemon work well, as do maraschino cherries.

Can I serve the Apple Martini on the rocks?

Yes, if you prefer your cocktails on the rocks, the Apple Martini can be served over ice.

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