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Apple Martini Recipe (Appletini with Cider)

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5 from 4 votes

This apple martini, or appletini, isn’t ordinary in the slightest! Made with apple cider instead of juice, vodka, and prosecco for a more complex and effervescent cocktail, you’ll be celebrating your favorite occasion in a matter of minutes!

These apple martinis are my personal favorite in the fall, however, they are absolutely delicious all holiday season! Combining the intensity of apple cider with bubbly prosecco, they are not too sweet, and incredibly refreshing. 

Once fall hits, I also love the versatility of serving apple martinis! Wanting to relax with your partner after work? Sit back with an apple martini. Celebrating a friend’s promotion? Cheers with an apple martini. Craving a fun drink before the Thanksgiving feast? Serve this apple martini. It really is the perfect fall cocktail. 

Looking for another flavorful sipper? Try a classic Espresso Martini!

Ingredients

  • Apple cider – apple cider is more intense and creamy than apple juice.
  • Prosecco or champagne – prosecco is a sparkling white wine that is crisp with subtle notes of green apple. 
  • Vodka – vodka is classic in an apple martini.
  • Fresh orange zest – fresh orange zest is the essence of orange, adding citrusy undertones. 
  • Maple syrup – maple syrup adds sweetness and a smoky, vanilla notes. 
  • Ice – the ice helps cool the drink in the cocktail shaker before serving. 
  • Light brown sugar – light brown sugar has a delicious, delicate molasses flavor that’s irresistible and a perfect touch for the glass rim. 
  • Cinnamon – cinnamon on the rim of the glass adds subtle warmth.

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Learn how to make an apple martini (appletini) with apple cider! Full instructions in the recipe card; this is an outline!

  1. Mix.

    Add light brown sugar and cinnamon to a plate and stir until combined.

  2. Wet.

    Wet the rim of your glass with a basting brush or your clean fingers.

  3. Coat.

    Tip the glass upside down and coat the wet rim with cinnamon sugar. Set aside.

  4. Add.

    Add ice, apple cider, vodka, orange zest, and maple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Shake well.

  5. Pour.

    Pour the drink through a strainer into your glass.

  6. Top.

    Top off with prosecco. Stir and enjoy!

Tips And Tricks

  • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, substitute with a blender bottle or mason jar. You can also stir instead of shake your cocktail!
  • Looking for other fun garnishes for your apple martini? Garnish the martini glass with fresh slices of green apples. If you choose to garnish with a slice of green apple, dip them in lemon juice to prevent browning. A thin orange rind twist is another great garnish!
  • Make a larger batch for a party and mix the cocktail in a pitcher! Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve later that day. Make sure to give the pitcher a good stir before serving.

Recipe Variations

  • Use flavored vodka. Use a vanilla-flavored vodka or a caramel-flavored vodka. 
  • Sub with ginger beer. Substitute the prosecco with a splash of ginger beer to maintain the effervescent flair while providing more of a Moscow Mule flavor twist. 
  • Make it spiced. Infuse the cocktail with warmth by adding a cinnamon stick to the cocktail shaker or a dash of ground cinnamon. 
  • Give it a caramel twist. Replace the cinnamon sugar rim with a decadent caramel sauce or add a splash of a caramel-flavored liqueur to the cocktail. 
  • Use apple juice. Can’t find cider? Use apple juice instead.
  • Don’t like effervescence? Skip the bubbly and double up on the other ingredients.

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Apple Martini Recipe (Appletini with Cider)

This apple martini, or appletini, isn’t ordinary in the slightest! Made with apple cider instead of juice, vodka, and prosecco for a more complex and effervescent cocktail, you’ll be celebrating your favorite occasion in a matter of minutes!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, New England
Keyword: fall
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Tastefully Grace

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces apple cider
  • 3 ounces prosecco or champagne
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • teaspoon maple syrup add 1/4 teaspoon if you like your cocktail sweeter
  • Ice

For the Rim

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • For the rim: Add light brown sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Stir with a fork to combine. Use a basting brush or your clean fingers to wet the rim of your glass with apple cider. Tip the glass upside down and coat the moistened rim with cinnamon sugar. Set aside.
  • For the cocktail: Add ice, apple cider, vodka, orange zest, and maple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour the cocktail through a strainer into the glass to catch ice and orange zest. Top off with prosecco. Stir. Oh yeah!

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Notes

  • TIP: if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can shake it in mason jar or a water bottle. Make sure to strain your drink before serving!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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