Made with only 4 simple ingredients, this Green Apple Martini recipe is a bright and beautiful, delicious cocktail with the most perfect balance of sweet and sour apple flavor.
When I am entertaining guests, I love to celebrate the different seasons with new and delicious cocktail recipes. During the warm summer months, nothing can beat these tasty Raspberry Mojitos, or these beachy Malibu Rum Pina Coladas.
And when winter rolls around, these Cranberry Moscow Mules and these White Christmas Mimosas are always a hit. So, what better way to celebrate Fall and apple harvest than with a Green Apple Martini?
This cocktail is made with a combination of vodka and green apple schnapps. With the addition of sweet apple juice, they are a delightfully deceptive boozy beverage that could easily double as an after-dinner dessert cocktail.
❤ Why We Love This Recipe
This is a super easy cocktail that is made using only 4 simple ingredients plus ice and a thin slice of green apple for garnish.
The beautiful vibrant green color and green apple flavor makes it the perfect drink for Halloween, Christmas and St. Patrick's Day!
Not only are these cocktails the same gorgeous green color of fall's favorite fruit, but they're also brimming with wonderful flavor that's sure to get rave reviews from all the green apple fans out there!
🔪 Recommended Tools
- Cocktail Shaker Set
- Cocktail Jigger (or small measuring cup)
- Martini Glass
📋 What Goes into This Recipe?
There are only 4 simple ingredients used in this recipe, plus some ice to shake them and fresh green apple slices for garnish.
- Vodka- We used plain vodka, but you can use flavored vodka if you prefer.
- Apple juice- Adds more delicious apple flavor and a bit of sweetness.
- Sour Apple Pucker- This is a sour apple schnapps that gives them that signature sour apple flavor.
- Fresh lemon juice- Lemon pairs really well with apple flavors and helps balance out the sweetness.
See recipe card for quantities and full directions.
👩🏻🍳 How to Make a Green Apple Martini
Step 1: Add ice to the cocktail shaker about ¼ of the way full.
Step 2: Add the vodka.
Step 3: Next, in goes the apple juice.
Step 4: Add the sour apple liqueur.
Step 5: Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Step 6: Shake vigorously to mix ingredients and chill the drink.
Step 7: Pour, the strained sour apple martini, into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with freshly sliced granny smith apples
Caramel Apple martini
You can use caramel vodka in place of the plain vodka. You can also drizzle the inside of the glass with a little caramel sauce.
Cinnamon Apple Martini
Want to add a warm and cozy feel to these cocktails? Use cinnamon vodka instead of plain vodka. It will give them a warm and spicy apple cider flavor.
Try Other Garnishes
The apple slice garnish is the best way to let people know the flavor of the cocktail you're serving. But you can add even more festive color to these appletinis by rimming the glass with some caramel sauce. Then, just add some colored sanding sugar to a small plate and run the rim of the glass around in the sugar.
Swap Out the Apple Juice
The original recipe uses simple syrup instead of apple juice. So, if the schnapps has enough apple flavor for you, just swap it in equal parts with some homemade simple syrup. You can also use a little sweet and sour mix instead of the apple juice if you prefer.
Christmas Grinch Martini
All you have to do to create a super fun Grinch-themed martini is leave off the apple garnish and add a maraschino cherry to the green colored cocktail.
Apple Cider Martini
Add a bit of extra fall flavor to these delicious drinks by using apple cider instead of apple juice.
Extra Apple Appletini
This recipe uses a green apple liqueur called Sour Apple Pucker. But you can add even more pucker to these drinks by using Smirnoff green apple vodka instead of plain vodka. You can also use apple brandy instead of the apple pucker, but you'll lose that pretty green color.
If you prefer your martini recipes a little more on the tart side, I've got you covered! You can add an extra dash of lemon juice or a splash of fresh lime juice to really tone down the sweetness.
You can easily amp up the alcohol in this appletini recipe by skipping the apple juice altogether. Don't worry, you'll still get that signature martini flavor from the Apple Pucker.
Here's a fun fact! Interesting enough, the original appletini was called an Adam’s Apple Martini. It was called that because a bartender in a west Hollywood restaurant, named Adam, was the first one to come up with the recipe.
Though different variations have since been created, like adding a splash of house-made sweet and sour mix or orange liqueurs, the original recipe was made with just vodka and some Sour Apple Pucker to give it a melted Jolly Rancher flavor.
💭 Top Tips
- A chilled cocktail glass not only makes the drink pretty, but it also helps to keep it cold a little longer. Place your martini glasses in the freezer about an hour before making the cocktails. To prevent the glass from cracking, make sure the glasses are room temperature and not straight out of a hot dish washer.
- If you want to keep the granny smith apple slices nice and fresh looking, spritz them with some fresh lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
- Keep the vodka in the freezer at all times. When you add icy cold liquor to the shaker, it prevents the ice cubes from melting so quickly which waters down the drink.
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Green Apple Martini Recipe
- 1 ½ oz. vodka
- 1 oz. apple juice
- 2 oz. Sour Apple Pucker
- Juice of 1 lemon wedge
- Fresh green apple slices for garnish
- To your cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, apple juice, sour apple pucker, and lemon juice.
- Shake vigorously to mix ingredients and chill the drink.
- Pour, strained, into a martini glass.
- Garnish with fresh green apple slices
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