Sour Green Apple Vodka Martini
Warning! THIS IS NOT A GREEN DRINK! This is not your 2009 apple-tini made with ingredients that taste like candy. This sour green apple vodka martini is a sophisticated, tart, vodka based cocktail made the way a martini should be. With vodka and not much else.
I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of sugary, syrupy drinks. I like fresh fruit and drinks that incorporate real ingredients. I’ve also professed my love for Ciroc. It is one of my favorite vodkas because it is so smooth and the flavors are full without being fake-tasting. I can pour any flavor of Ciroc over ice, add fruit and know I’m going to like it.
Their new flavor, Green Apple, threw me for a loop. Mainly because I immediately thought of the green appletini, popular a few years ago, that I used to make as a bartender. Sticky, syrupy, green, sweet – I can smell it just thinking about it. And that’s not a good thing.
My goal with this vodka was to make a sour green apple vodka martini that I would actually want to drink. Light, fresh, no-too-sweet and simple. I’m all about the simple. After a couple of tries and creating a sugar/salt rim to incorporate a touch of green, I’ve got a martini you can order, make, serve and drink that you will enjoy, without feeling like a 21 year-old ordering her first “I don’t know what to order so I’ll order something sweet” drink.
- 2 oz Green Apple Ciroc
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2T sugar
- 1T kosher salt
- 1T lime zest
- 1 lime
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- Zest lime
- Mix zest, sugar and salt
- Use lime wedge to dampen outside edge of glass and dip into sugar mixture to coat rim
- Fill shaker with ice
- Pour Ciroc, triple sec and lime juice over ice, shake (hard, like you want to break the ice) for 1 minute
- Pour martini into prepared glass
- Serve with lime wedge or apple peel for garnish
The lime juice in your drink is flexible…if you like sweet, use a little bit less lime. If you are unsure, start with just 1/2 oz of lime juice and add to your preference. When zesting fruit I use a microplane, it makes a light, fine zest and I prefer it for the sugar rim.
Green apple not your style? Maybe one of these drinks can tempt you…
As always, this drink is for those 21 and older. Please drink responsibly.
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Yum! I’m hosting book club in May – this may have to be on the menu.
Oooooh! Sounds luscious!
This sounds divine. I’m coming over.
This looks so delicious. Not your typical apple-tini!
This apple martinis was amazeballs. The girls loved it. I am not a big vodka drinker, I prefer rum but this drink was on point. Thanks
Thanks Toya! So glad to hear everyone liked it!