The appletini is a popular, fun and approachable alternative to the martini. If vodka isn’t your thing, try gin or calvados as an alternative.


To make the sugar syrup

  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 50ml/2fl oz water

To make the cocktail

  • 2 handfuls ice
  • 50ml/2fl oz vodka
  • 25ml/1fl oz green apple liqueur
  • 25ml/1fl oz fresh apple juice
  • 25ml/1fll oz freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. For the sugar syrup, put the caster sugar in a small non-stick saucepan over a medium heat and pour in the water. Stir and bring to the boil. CAUTION: boiling sugar is extremely hot. Handle very carefully. Use a deep pan to avoid bubbling over.

  2. Once the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is clear, take the pan off the heat and leave to cool. Put a coupette or other glass of your choice into the freezer.

  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour 20ml/¾fl oz of the cooled sugar syrup into the shaker over the ice along with all the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds.

  4. Strain the appletini into the chilled coupette using a hawthorne cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer. If you don’t have a strainer, any kitchen sieve will work just as well.

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