Appletini: An Elegant Vodka and Cinnamon Cocktail
Indigo Soda and Pommes Qualité Québec have teamed up to present this one-of-a-kind cocktail. Our version of the appletini is the perfect fusion for martini fans with a sweet tooth. It’s made with real apples for a refreshing and deliciously sweet flavour experience that will tantalize your taste buds with every sip.
The holiday season is Jessica’s favourite time of year! It’s when friends and family gather to celebrate and her appletini recipe is perfect for marking the occasion. Its festive, fruity flavour captures the spirit of the season and will add a touch of magic and glamour to your holiday celebrations.
- Brown sugar and cinnamon, to rim glass
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- Applesauce (homemade, 1 apple)
- 1 oz vodka
- A few drops of maple syrup
- Orange zest
- 2 oz sparkling wine
- 2 oz sparkling water
- Combine brown sugar and cinnamon on a plate.
- In another plate, pour water.
- Dip edge of the glass into water, then into sugar mixture.
- Mix applesauce, zest, vodka and maple syrup in a shaker.
- Pour into glass.
- Top with sparkling wine and sparkling water.
- Garnish with apple slices.
A History of the Appletini
The appletini, also known as the apple martini, is a cocktail that rose to popularity in the 1990s and 2000s. Here’s an overview of its history:
Origin: The true origin of the appletini is murky. Some accounts suggest it was created in the 1990s in California. In any case, it was designed to appeal to consumers who were looking for something sweeter and fruitier than a traditional martini.
Composition: A classic appletini is often composed of vodka, apple liqueur or apple schnapps, and sometimes a splash of apple juice to accentuate the flavour. It’s served in a martini glass and is usually garnished with an apple slice or cherry.
Popularity in Hollywood: The drink came into vogue in part thanks to pop culture and Hollywood. In the TV series Scrubs, for example, the main character, J.D., frequently orders an appletini, which becomes a running joke among the other characters.
Variations: Over time, many variations of the appletini emerged using different types of liqueurs, juices, and garnishes. Some add sparkling apple cider, others use calvados (a French apple brandy), and yet others experiment with spices like cinnamon. Criticism: While the appletini is loved by many for its sugary, fruity flavour, it has also faced its share of backlash from cocktail purists who believe it’s too sweet and too much of a departure from the traditional martini.
Renaissance: As with many cocktails, trends come and go. With the recent rise of mixology and renewed interest in craft cocktails, the appletini has been enjoying something of a renaissance. Modern bartenders have revisited the cocktail using higher quality ingredients and balancing its sweetness with other flavours to create a more nuanced drink.
While cocktail enthusiasts may still be divided in their opinions on the appletini, it has nevertheless left an undeniable mark on drink culture. Its distinctive sweetness, vibrant green colour, and fruity taste make it an enduringly popular choice for many cocktail drinkers.