Get into the spirit of fall with this deliciously smooth and wonderfully sweet caramel apple martini. It takes just 2 minutes and 5 ingredients to make (4 if you skip the sugared rim!) and tastes even better than a caramel apple. And at only 110 calories per cocktail, a glass (or, ahem, two) won't ruin your healthy diet.
Find this caramel apple martini too strong?
I know 100% alcohol cocktails aren't for everyone, which is why this caramel apple martini recipe is actually a 2:1 ratio of soft drinks to alcohol. Yes, technically, this means it's not a true martini. But when something tastes this good, we can overlook something as small as that, right?
If the cocktail is still too strong for you, simply stir in some more soda water or apple juice. Doing this will also make your drink bigger so it will last longer and you'll get to enjoy more caramel apple-y goodness. Yay!
How to sugar rim a glass
Coating the rim of the martini glasses with sugar is totally optional. Thanks to the caramel vodka, the cocktail is definitely sweet enough without it. But it looks pretty cool and is great for impressing people. If you want to play bartender, here are the steps to professionally sugar rim a glass:
- Sprinkle the sugar onto a plate. Ensure the sugar covers a greater surface area than the rim of the glass you're using.
- Choose a liquid to rub onto the rim of the glass. A citrus juice (i.e. lemon, orange, lime or grapefruit juice) is usually used. But water is a suitable alternative when citrus would clash with the cocktail's ingredients, such as in this recipe for caramel apple martini.
- A. If you're using citrus, cut off a slice of the fruit and run it around the rim of the glass, trying not to get any juice anywhere other than the rim.
B. If you're using water, pour some water onto a plate and dip the rim of the glass into it. Hold the glass over the plate sideways to let the excess drop off.
- When the rim of the glass is wet, place it wet-side-down onto the plate of sugar.
- Twist the glass to make sure it picks up as much sugar as possible.
- Gently shake the glass over the plate to remove the excess sugar.
- Carefully pour the drink into the glass, avoiding the sugar rim the best you can.
No equipment? No problem!
In this recipe for caramel apple martini, I use a cocktail shaker to combine all the ingredients. If you don't have a cocktail shaker and simply can't wait for Amazon to deliver one, you can totally just mix the ingredients in the glass with a spoon. If you're doing the sugar rim, it's a good idea to mix the ingredients together in a small jug then pour them into the glass, so you don't ruin the sugared rim. But if you're skipping the sugared rim, you can mix your drink straight in the glass.
No point wasting money on kitchen gadgets you're not going to use, right? Unless you make a lot of cocktails. In which case you should totally add a cocktail shaker onto your Christmas list.
How to serve this caramel apple martini
This caramel apple martini is amazing on its own. But it would also work incredibly as some sort of fall-inspired grazing platter for a party or small get together. I'm thinking...
- An amazing charcuterie board
- Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce de Leche Cream Dip
- Pumpkin French Toast Sticks
- Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Apple and Pecans
I need to stop right now before I go into a daydream food coma!
More fall cocktail recipes
Love this caramel apple martini? Then you've got to try my other fall cocktails!
- The Best Red Wine Fall Sangria - a deep, rich sangria livened up with fall-inspired cinnamon.
- Caramel Apple Sangria - a white wine sangria enhanced with apple juice and caramel vodka.
- A Winter Snowflake - a Christmas cocktail (it will be here before you know it!) made with caramel, white chocolate and Bailey's.
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Caramel Apple Martini
- brown sugar for the rim
- 1 oz caramel vodka
- ½ oz apple vodka
- 1 oz apple juice
- 2 oz soda water
- Sprinkle some brown sugar onto a plate. Rub some water around the rim of a martini glass and dip it into the brown sugar.
- Add some ice into a cocktail shaker and pour in the caramel vodka, apple vodka, apple juice and soda water.
- Shake for about a few seconds then strain into a martini glass and serve.