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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 Drinksmixer.com, although chances are good the recipe has undergone some tweaking in the interim.

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