This green apple martini provides all of the tart, crisp apple flavor you want while skipping the bright green added colors and specialty liqueurs.
One of my biggest frustrations with stocking my home bar is when I end up with a bottle of alcohol that I only use for one drink once a year. (I’m looking at you, creme de menthe.) So I don’t want a tart apple martini that has sour apple pucker, sour apple liqueur, sour apple schnapps, green apple schnapps, or any other liquor that I’ll likely never use beyond one cocktail.
There’s also no sour mix or green apple syrup in this sour apple martini. We’re getting our sour apple flavor from simple ingredients - apple vodka, apple juice, fresh lemon juice, and fresh lime juice. Granny smith apple slices add a vibrant green garnish to a delicious cocktail. This appletini cocktail is a delicious balance of sweet and sour, giving it a definite green apple jolly rancher flavor.
Fall is the perfect time of year to dive into everything apple, including this green apple martini recipe, a simple cocktail with big green apple flavor. Looking for a sweeter fall drink with apple brandy or caramel vodka? I’ve got you covered! Check out my Caramel Apple Martini or Spiced Apple Cocktail!
- Apple vodka
- Apple juice
- Simple syrup
- Orange liqueur or triple sec
- Lime juice
- Lemon juice
How to Make a Green Apple Martini
Combine all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with green apple slices.
Use fresh citrus. Take the time to squeeze fresh lemon juice and fresh lime juice when making this drink. It’ll make a big difference in how your cocktail tastes.
Make your syrup ahead of time. Simple syrup is super easy to make at home, but does need time to chill. Heat ½ cup water to boiling, remove from heat and stir in ½ cup white sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. Refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before using.
Toss your apple slices with a little lemon juice. If you decide to do an apple slice garnish, toss the slices of apples with some lemon juice before using them in your drink. The lemon won’t detract from the already sour martini and will keep your garnish looking fresh while sipping your cocktail.
Snack Pairings for Green Apple Martinis
Frequently Asked Questions
You make it! Combine ½ cup hot water with ½ cup sugar. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved, then refrigerate until the syrup is cold. Do not use the syrup until it’s completely chilled. When kept refrigerated, simple syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks.
I love Absolut Juice Apple Vodka and Skyy Honeycrisp Apple Vodka. Both have fresh apple flavors that aren’t too candy-like or overly sweet.
You can substitute apple cider for the apple juice if you prefer, but it will change both the color and flavor of the drink. Apple cider will make this cocktail less tart and darker in color.
Don’t Miss These Apple Vodka Drinks
If you bought a bottle of apple vodka for this recipe, be sure to give these other apple cocktails a try! Both feature one of my favorite fall drink ingredients - apple vodka.