If there’s one thing my family takes seriously, it’s cocktails, especially around the holidays. One that we make all year round, but hit especially hard between November and January is my mom’s Appletini. Her signature drink isn’t normally my thing. However, when she makes one, it’s delicious and not the syrupy, overly sweet drink I’ve tasted out at restaurants. In order for you guys to enjoy this cocktail as well and maybe find a new way to dull the pain of the holidays, I’ve shared the recipe here. I’ll add a disclaimer before you make it though: my household plays by James Bond’s rules and likes a martini that is shaken, not stirred…even if that is the wrong way to do it.
Yield: 1 Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
1/2 oz. homemade sweet & sour mix (recipe below)
1/2 oz. fresh apple cider (if in Baltimore, use Weber’s)
1 cherry, preferably Luxardo (optional)
1. If you know early on that you’ll be making this cocktail, stick shaker and vodka in the freezer a few hours ahead of time to get them well chilled.
2. Take your shaker and vodka out of the freezer. Fill up the shaker and martini glass with chipped ice to keep them chilled while assembling your cocktail.
3. Measure out and pour vodka, apple pucker, sweet & sour mix, and cider into shaker. Cover shaker and shake well for five to ten seconds.
4. Dump ice out of martini glass. Strain liquid into glass. Garnish with cherry if desired. Enjoy.
Sweet & Sour Mix
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice
1. Bring water to a boil. Add sugar to water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. Strain in freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, allowing some of the pulp to enter the mixture. Pour mix into a bottle, place in fridge, and whip it out once cooled for appletinis!
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