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This popular drink, also known as an apple martini, is made with vodka and apple schnapps, giving it a bright, tart flavor that’s perfect for sipping on a warm evening. The appletini has become a beloved cocktail around the world. Its simple recipe and sweet, tangy flavor make it a great choice for anyone looking for a refreshing drink that’s not too heavy or complicated.


Whether you’re hosting a party, enjoying a night out with friends, or simply looking to relax after a long day, the appletini is a great choice that’s sure to please. So why not mix one up tonight and see what all the fuss is about?


The Appletini has a relatively short but interesting history. It was created in 1996 by a bartender named Adam at Lola’s West Hollywood restaurant. Originally named the Adam’s Apple Martini, the drink quickly gained popularity and was later renamed the Appletini.

a appletini surrounded by apples

The Appletini is a variation of the classic martini, which traditionally consists of gin and vermouth. However, the Appletini is made with vodka and apple schnapps instead. This twist on the classic martini was a hit in the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly among younger drinkers.

The popularity of the Appletini can be attributed to its sweet and fruity taste, which made it a refreshing alternative to heavier cocktails like whiskey or tequila-based drinks. The Appletini was also seen as a symbol of pre-9/11 America, a time of innocence and carefree living.

Despite its popularity, the Appletini has been criticized by some cocktail purists for being too sweet and lacking the complexity of more traditional cocktails like the Manhattan or vodka martini. However, the Appletini remains a beloved drink for many, and continues to be a staple on cocktail menus around the world.

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How to Make It



Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making an Appletini is quick and easy. You can mix up this delicious cocktail in just a few minutes with a few simple ingredients.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make it:


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz apple schnapps
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Green apple slice, for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz of vodka, 1 oz of apple schnapps, 1/2 oz of fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 oz of simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a green apple slice.

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Choosing Your Vodka

The best vodka to use in an apple martini is a high-quality, neutral vodka. Some popular options include Grey Goose, Belvedere, and Ketel One.


If you’re looking to switch things up from the classic appletini, there are plenty of variations to try. Here are a few options to consider:

Calvados appletini

Swap out the vodka for calvados, a type of apple brandy, for a richer and more complex flavor.

Green apple appletini

Use green apple schnapps or flavored vodka instead of regular apple schnapps for a more tart and sour apple flavor. Garnish with green apple slices for a pop of color.

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Chocolate appletini

Add a splash of chocolate liqueur to your appletini for a sweet and indulgent twist.

Orange appletini

Mix in some orange liqueur, like triple sec or Cointreau, for a citrusy kick that pairs well with the apple flavor.

Fall spiced appletini

Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or other fall spices to your appletini for a cozy and warming taste.

No matter which variation you choose, don’t forget to garnish with an apple slice for a touch of elegance. Experiment with different types of apples, like Granny Smith for a tart flavor or Honeycrisp for a sweeter taste. With so many options, the appletini is a versatile cocktail that can be customized to your taste preferences.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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