Easy Appletini Cocktail Recipe

The Appletini recipe is an apple vodka martini cocktail with a delicious sour apple flavor. This is the simplest version of it, and it tastes fantastic!

Appletini cocktail with apple slice garnish

You’ll find many different recipes for the Appletini if you look. This isn’t an old classic cocktail recipe that’s been honed to perfection over the decades.

It’s fairly modern and everyone likes to there a twist on it, and so can you. This version is the easiest version out there with just three ingredients.

How to Make an Appletini Cocktail Recipe

It’s really a matter of taste. Some recipes call for no sour apple schnapps at all. Others use flavored vodka. 

Feel free to experiment, but here are the basics of what you need:

  • Something with a strong, clear apple flavor
  • Something sweet
  • Something sour
  • Vodka

The Perfect Blend of Vodka and Apple Flavors

When it comes to the Appletini cocktail, it’s all about finding the right balance of vodka and apple flavors. 

1. Choose the Right Vodka

Start by selecting a drinkable vodka. It doesn’t have to cost a lot. Tito’s is a great choice, as is Absolut.

2. Fresh Apple Juice or Apple Liqueur?

This is where recipes differ. Some use apple juice. The original recipe, as far as I know – and this is the one I’m sharing – was simply DeKuper Sour Apple Pucker, vodka and sweet and sour mix. 

The only way I’m getting fancy is by suggesting you make your own homemade sour mix. It will shock you how much better it is than the bottled stuff from the store.

3. Experiment with Ratios

Feel free to play with the ratios of ingredients in this cocktail. Adding more sour mix makes it more sour. Adding more vodka dilutes the flavor if you find it overwhelming.

4. Don’t Forget the Sweetness

A touch of sweetness can elevate the taste of your Appletini. Consider adding a sweetener such as simple syrup or a flavored syrup to enhance the overall flavor profile. Be mindful not to overdo it, as you don’t want the sweetness to overpower the apple and vodka flavors.

6. Add Lemon or Lime Juice

If it’s not sour enough for you, add a little lemon or lime juice.

Tips for Garnishing Your Appletini

The traditional garnish for this one is a very thin bright green Granny Smith apple slice perched on the rim of the cocktail glass, or floating on top.

1. Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Dip the rim of your glass in cinnamon sugar for a deliciously sweet and aromatic touch. It complements the apple flavors perfectly and adds a touch of warmth to your cocktail.

2. Green Apple Skewer

Thread small pieces of green apple onto a cocktail skewer and place it across the rim of your glass. This adds a visually appealing element to your Appletini.

3. Mint Sprig

Garnish your Appletini with a fresh mint sprig for a burst of refreshing flavor. Not only does it look elegant, but it also enhances the aroma of the cocktail.

4. Edible Flower

Add a touch of elegance by placing an edible flower on top of your Appletini. Choose flowers that are safe for consumption and have a complementary flavor profile.

5. Apple Peel Twist

Create a twisted apple peel and place it on the rim of your glass. This simple garnish adds a touch of sophistication and showcases your attention to detail.

Remember, garnishing is an art, so don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different combinations. The right garnish can take your Appletini from ordinary to extraordinary.

Enjoying Your Homemade Appletini at Home or at a Party

After putting in the effort to create a delicious homemade Appletini, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your creation. Here are some tips for savoring your Appletini, whether you’re sipping it at home or serving it at a party:

1. Sip and savor:

Take small, slow sips of your Appletini to fully appreciate the flavors and aromas. Let the taste linger on your palate before taking another sip.

2. Serve in a chilled glass:

For an extra refreshing experience, serve your Appletini in a chilled martini glass. You can chill the glass by placing it in the freezer for a few minutes before pouring the cocktail.

3. Garnish with style:

Add a touch of elegance to your Appletini by garnishing it with a green apple slice, a cherry, or a twist of lime. This not only adds visual appeal but also enhances the overall presentation of the cocktail.

4. Pair with appetizers:

Appletini pairs well with a variety of appetizers. Consider serving it alongside dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, goat cheese crostini, or shrimp cocktail to enhance the flavor experience.

5. Share with friends:

If you’re hosting a party, make a batch of Appletinis and share them with your friends. They’ll appreciate your mixology skills and enjoy the refreshing and vibrant flavors of this cocktail.

Remember, the key to enjoying your homemade Appletini is to savor every sip and share the experience with good company. Cheers!

Appletini cocktail with apple slice garnish
Yield: 1 drink

Appletini Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Appletini recipe is an apple vodka martini cocktail with a delicious sour apple flavor. This is the simplest version of it, and it tastes fantastic!


  • 1 1/2 ounces homemade sweet and sour mix
  • 1 1/2 ounces green apple schnapps
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • Garnish with Granny Smith green apple slice


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with green apple slices.

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