Sometimes you just need some booze to cool off. This appletini recipe is a perfect summer drink that will be a hit for your next party.
How to Make the Best Appletini You’ll Ever Taste
While there are many appletini variations out there, these are the ingredients for the classic, no-frills version everyone talks about when you think “appletini”.
- 5 oz pure vodka
- 1 oz apple schnapps
- 5 oz lemon juice
- Some ice
- For garnish: apple slices
Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients
Before anything else, prepare your ingredients ahead of time so you don’t have to scramble with measuring them before doing anything.
The apple schnapps brings in the signature neon green color and familiar tartness you would expect in an appletini, while the lemon juice brings a refreshing twist.
Step 2: Toss Ingredients in the Shaker
Open your cocktail shaker and toss the vodka, apple schnapps, and lemon juice inside.
Step 3: Fill with Ice
Fill your martini glass with ice. You want this drink to be really cold.
Step 4: Shake!
Here’s the fun part: Shake your cocktail shaker for 30 seconds, or until the contents are chilled.
Step 5: Serve Your Appletini
Pour your appletini into a martini glass and add an apple slice on top to finish it all off
Appletini Tips and Variations
Simple, right? Here are some tips and tricks to add a twist to this light, fun summer drink.
1. Chill Your Martini Glass
Appletini calls for cold. Place your martini glass in the freezer and take it out once you make your appletini.
2. Change Your Base
The classic appletini recipe typically calls for a vodka base, but you can use rum, gin, or even apple cider for those who need a virgin (non-alcoholic) option.
3. Swap Lemon Juice with Apple Brandy
For a fierier twist, swap your lemon juice with some apple brandy. Because of the presence of more liquor, this makes for a much stronger drink so make sure to have it in moderation.
4. Make Your Own Apple Schnapps
If you want to go the extra mile, you can even make your own apple schnapps instead of buying from the store. Note that to pull this off, you’ll need extra time (along the lines of 2-3 months) to even create a single batch.
5. Make an Entire Batch
Appletinis are better with company. Make a batch of appletini ahead of time, put it in the freezer, and serve them when it’s time to.
Here’s another appletini recipe from Steve the Barman you can try:
There you have it: a refreshing appletini perfect for a hot summer day. We hope you enjoyed this light, fun drink and remember to drink responsibly.
Have you ever made an appletini before? Share your tips in the comments section below.
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