For a festive, modern cocktail, look no further than the Apple Martini. This delightful concoction of vodka, apple schnapps, and sour mix strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart for a drink that can be both refreshing and indulgent. From summer barbecues to sophisticated soirees, let’s look at the canonical Apple Martini recipe and explore the subtle art of making it.

Ingredients

At its core, a classic Apple Martini requires just three simple ingredients.

• 2 parts vodka
• 1 part apple schnapps
• 1 part sour mix

Equipment

The Martini shaker is key, depending on whether you opt for being shaken or stirred. Here’s the gear you’ll need beyond the shaker.

• Hawthorne strainer
• Martini glass
• Jigger
• Ice cubes

Shaken, Not Stirred

Now for the debate over shaken or stirred. If in doubt, a classic martini should be stirred not shaken, to reduce the amount of ice particles wound up in your drink. Shaking a martini aerates it more than stirring, releasing more of the aromas associated with the drink. And for an Apple Martini–where the drinker will often want as much of that sweet, juicy apple flavor as possible–it’s important to employ a shaker rather than a stir stick.

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Start by pouring two jiggers of vodka and one jigger each of the schnapps and the sour mix into the martini shaker.

  2. Add ice cubes to fill the shaker and seal it up tightly.

  3. Put the shaker into a quick and vigorous rotation by both rotating and shaking it back and forth.

  4. After fifteen to thirty seconds, take off the lid and discard the ice so shaken up inside.

  5. Put a hawthorne strainer over the top of the shaker.

  6. Pour the now-shaken drink into a chilled martini glass.

  7. To garnish, you can use a thin slice of your favorite apple, or go for a classic olive.

Additional Tips for Perfecting the Apple Martini

Although mastering the art of the shaken-not-stirred Apple Martini isn’t rocket science, there are surefire strategies to make your concoction as tantalizing as possible.

• Choose your vodka wisely. A middle-shelf brand works just fine, but you can really elevate the flavor of your drink by selecting a higher-end vodka.

• Get creative with the garnish. For a classic twist, try a maraschino cherry surrounded by several thin apple slices spiraling outward.

• Split the difference between sweet and sour. Apples themselves lean more towards being sweet, so to make the perfect Apple Martini you may need to adjust the ratio of vodka, schnapps, and sour mix.

• Serve with something savory. Apple flavors pair especially well with savory snacks such as salted smoked almonds, cheddar cheese, or pretzels.

• Be mindful of the temperature. A chilled martini glass is essential, but too much refrigeration can take away from the drink’s flavor and make it overly icy.

Sipping Your Apple Martini

As you savor your Apple Martini, it pays to pay attention to what’s going on in your glass. From its sweet scent to its tart taste, every sip of a well-crafted Apple Martini should truly sparkle. Have some snacks on hand to pair, and you’ll be prepared for any occasion. Try one today and you’ll soon agree: Though shaken (not stirred) Apple Martini is truly a modern classic.