Appletini Cocktail

This appletini cocktail recipe is made with vodka, sour apple liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup. The ultimate combination of sour and sweet, this sour apple martini is the perfect cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day festivities and summer barbecues!

Close up of the apple floating in the apple cocktails

Doesn’t this colorful cocktail scream St. Patrick’s Day? It does for me. But you shouldn’t imbibe this cocktail only on St. Patrick’s day. You will surely enjoy it when you’re in the mood for something slightly sour yet delicious.

My niece is a big appletini cocktail lover and although it’s not my go-to drink, I do enjoy imbibing one or two during cocktail parties.

The combination of the different flavors meld beautifully with the apple flavor, making this appletini recipe a delicious and much loved classic drink.

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Helpful tips

  • When I make sweet and sour mix for my cocktails, I usually use a 1:2 ratio. So 1 part sweet to 2 parts sour. The reason I do this is that I prefer my cocktails more sour than sweet.
  • Try the recipe first with my 1:2 ratio before you start adding more simple syrup. You might be surprised to learn that you don’t need cocktails to be as sweet as they are in bars and restaurants. If you don’t find it sweet enough, add simple syrup one teaspoon at a time until it’s to your liking.
  • There are many sour apple schnapps brands out there. I’m not loyal to any particular one, so use whichever brand you fancy. Dekuyper Sour apple pucker is also a great choice, along with green apple schnapps.
  • Want even more apple taste? Try Smirnoff green apple vodka instead of plain vodka.
  • Make your own simple syrup as it is very easy. Here’s how:
    • In a saucepan, add 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil on medium heat, lower to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool before you add to any cocktail.
  • For garnish, I use thin, Granny smith apple slices, but you can use any variety of apple.

How to make the appletini cocktail

Pre-step

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and get a measuring glass and two martini glasses. Cut two thin wheels from a Granny Smith apple for the garnish and set aside.

After measuring out the ingredients, pour them into the cocktail shaker.

Step one

Gather the simple ingredients – sour apple liqueur, vodka, lime, and simple syrup.

Sour apple liqueur, vodka, lime and simple syrup with the shaker and glasses in the background

Step two

Measure 4 ounces vodka. (A)

Step three

Measure 4 ounces sour apple liqueur. (B)

Vodka and sour apple poured with the bottles, shaker and glasses in the background

Step four

Measure 2 ounces lime juice. (C)

Step five

Measure 1 ounce simple syrup. (D)

Lime juice and sweetener for the measured out with the shaker and glasses in the background

Step six

Cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain and divide the liquid between the two glasses. Float a slice of apple in each appletini cocktail.

Thin martini glass filled with the apple drink in front of the martini glass behind that

Here’s the vertical view of this apple martini recipe.

Vertical view of the green cocktail in the classic martini glass

Other colorful cocktails

I hope you enjoyed this sour appletini cocktail. It’s vibrant and delicious.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish.

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Sour apple cocktail in the classic martini glass

Appletini Cocktail

This appletini cocktail recipe is made with vodka, sour apple liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup. The ultimate combination of sour and sweet, this sour apple martini is the perfect cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day festivities and summer barbecues!
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: appletini, appletini cocktail, sour appletini, sour appletini cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 225kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces sour apple liqueur
  • 2 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

Garnish

  • 2 wheels granny smith apple (thinly sliced)

Instructions

  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  • Add vodka, sour apple liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup
    4 ounces vodka, 4 ounces sour apple liqueur, 2 ounces lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Cap shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain and divide between the two glasses
  • Add garnish to glasses
    2 wheels granny smith apple
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • When I make sweet and sour mix for my cocktails, I usually use a 1:2 ratio. So 1 part sweet to 2 parts sour. The reason I do this is that I prefer my cocktails more sour than sweet.
  • Try the recipe first with my 1:2 ratio before you start adding more simple syrup. You might be surprised to learn that you don’t need cocktails to be as sweet as they are in bars and restaurants. If you don’t find it sweet enough, add simple syrup one teaspoon at a time until it’s to your liking.
  • There are many sour apple schnapps brands out there. I’m not loyal to any particular one, so use whichever brand you fancy. Dekuyper Sour apple pucker is also a great choice, along with green apple schnapps.
  • Want even more apple taste? Try Smirnoff green apple vodka instead of plain vodka.
  • Make your own simple syrup as it is very easy. Here’s how:
    • In a saucepan, add 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil on medium heat, lower to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool before you add to any
  • For garnish, I use thin, Granny smith apple slices, but you can use any variety of apple.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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10 Comments

  1. It’s been so long since I’ve enjoyed an Appletini. This one looks fantastic! Now I’ve got my weekend cocktail ready!

  2. YUM YUM YUM I am drooling over this! I don’t think I can wait any longer before I make this. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I’m not much of a mixed drink maker, but this looks too easy (and I love a bit of tart!) to pass up. With my Irish blood, I’ll have to celebrate with this green drink! Thanks!

  4. This cocktail looks incredible! The color, the presentation, the recipe – everything is just perfect! Can’t wait to get all the ingredients that I need for this recipe and try it over the weekend!