I have a very warm spot in my cocktail-loving heart for Apple Martinis. When done well they are a thing of beauty. When done badly... well... lets just not go there. I have toyed with various ways to make the perfect Apple Martini at home having tasted some lovely ones at a couple of London cocktail hot spots. I didn't get the recipe right until very recently though. The magic ingredient? Manzana Verde (full disclosure, that’s an affiliate link)- a green apple liqueur that tastes like apple and not some horrible synthetic concoction that hasn't been within miles of any fruit.
80ml | 1/3 cup | 2.7fl oz Cawston Press Apple & Rhubarb juice
60ml | 1/4 cup | 2fl oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
30ml | 1/8 | 1fl oz Briottet Manzana Verde
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp simple syrup (or light honey)
2-3 very fine apple slices (I used a mandoline) to decorate
- Fill your martini glass with ice cubes and set aside.
- Put all the ingredients in your cocktail shaker and give them a good stir (especially if you use honey).
- Half fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain the cocktail in it. Decorate with some very fine apple slices (optional).
I am sharing this cocktail with #MixItUp2014 – a digital cocktail event inspired by the “Mix Master” experience held at Aria Resort & Casino as part of Vegas Uncork’d. Raising a virtual toast to those lucky ones to attend the event.