Cocktail Party

Apple Martini

December  9, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland. Prop Stylist: Megan Hedgpeth. Food Stylist: Lauren LaPenna.
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • makes 1 cocktail
Test Kitchen Notes

Picture this: It’s the late ‘90s and you’re at a swanky bar in West Hollywood. A bartender named Adam asks you what you’ll have, and you say you’ll take one of his signature drinks. A few pours of a jigger and a firm shake later, he slides a martini glass filled with bright-green liquid your way. The drink before you is the first of its kind, the so-called Adam’s Apple, allegedly crafted to use up a dusty bottle of Sour Apple Pucker schnapps in combination with a sample from an eager sales rep—a bottle of Ketel One.

Somewhere along the way, the drink’s namesake was ditched in favor of more descriptive monikers: the cutesy appletini (à la Zach Braff’s character on Scrubs), or the decidedly less dainty apple martini. Today you’ll find some variation of this drink at bars across the country, each with its own slight variation, from the addition of a neon cherry and a bit of grenadine to a simple Granny Smith apple slice.

This apple martini recipe relies on the tried-and-true method of combining Ketel One Vodka with green apple schnapps and lemon juice, shaken for at least 10 seconds until things are nice and chilled. Serve in a martini glass and throw on a ‘90s playlist for a delicious dose of nostalgia.

This recipe is shared in partnership with Ketel One Vodka.
—The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 ounces Ketel One Vodka
  • 1 ounce green apple schnapps
  • 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Place martini glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. Fill a shaker up with ice. Add the Ketel One Vodka, green apple schnapps, and lemon juice. Shake for 10 to 20 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker is frosty-cold.
  3. Strain the martini into the chilled martini glass and serve.

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Alexis deBoschnek is a freelance recipe developer, cook, and video host based in the Catskills.

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