Category Archives: Martini Style

Recipe: Italian Apple Martini

Random decorative objects can occasionally make a striking garnish.

Almost everyone has heard of the Apple Martini, or Appletini, although no one can quite seem to agree on how to make it.  Most versions are frankly plain in taste, and the Bartender is still working on finding one interesting enough to bear her signature.  That said, this variation has a bit of pizzazz that the straight version lacks, and makes for a nice surprise when a friend expects to get plain ol’ alcohol-laced apple juice.

Italian Apple Martini

1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz 100% apple juice
1 oz amaretto
3/4 oz sour apple schnapps
Squeeze of lime

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish options include a lime wheel, an apple slice, a vanilla bean, or the green paper ribbon bow that happens to be sitting on the bedside table.

Source:  The Bartender honestly can’t remember – this was one of her first real cocktail successes.  Likely, although chances are good the recipe has undergone some tweaking in the interim.


Valentine’s Day Original Recipe: Platonic Pink

The Rebel Bartender dons pink for the holiday

This is a twist on the Cosmo that the Rebel Bartender discovered some years ago while experimenting with a bottle of Absolut Raspberri.  The taste isn’t what you’d call amazing – rather generic artificial-fruity – but it is noteworthy in one respect:  it is quite possibly the most unutterably pink cocktail you will ever find,* both in color and (surprisingly enough) in flavor as well.

In addition to being pleasingly alliterative, the name struck the Bartender as appropriate – both in the sense of the Platonic Ideal of the concept “Pink”, and in the sense of “Wow, you’d really drink that?  Voluntarily?  More than once a year?  …Maybe we should just be friends.”

And really, what better way to celebrate such a saccharine-flavored holiday than with such an artificial-looking drink?

Platonic Pink

1 1/3 oz Absolut Raspberri
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lime wheel, or for a classier touch, fresh red raspberries dropped into the bottom of the glass.


*The Rebel Bartender welcomes recipes challenging this assertion.  Send them in for a thorough assessment and comparison, to be written up in a future post.

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