Many of us think of appletinis as a girly drink. The traditional combination of 1/2 vodka, 1/2 apple liqueur. I don’t know if we can subscribe a gender role to this cocktail, but we can definitely subscribe judgment to this drink: Terrible. I hate this combination. Why anyone would want to drink apple flavored, watered down vodka is completely beyond me.

Personally, I think we need to have An Appletini Revolution: Anniversary: 12-9-2009. Something that actually retains the flavor of an apple but is also concentrated and gets you cocktailed.

I started by making the traditional version and had to pour it out. Then, because I knew I hated the original drink I got to play. I’m never sure whether or not I’m happy that I get to work on making a cocktail when the original recipe is unworthy of being remade.

I tried playing with all the liqueurs. Brandy, rum, whiskey. I was smart enough to avoid gin from the onset though. Apple flavored pine trees? Gross. I was dissatisfied until I discovered Applejack and used it to make a version of the appletini. But something was still missing. It wasn’t sweet enough. So I added:

Simple Syrup

I will keep instructing on how to make simple syrup. If you know how to make it, just skip it. For those of you who don’t, this has the potential of being a very necessary ingredient. Many bartender books include this as a necessary ingredient. It’s so simple to make if you don’t have it, friends and lovers have a right to forever scorn you if you ever complain about how difficult it is or how long it takes.

Boil 1 cup of sugar into 1 cup of water. Bring to a rolling boil for a few minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool. Voila, simple syrup.

You don’t even have to stir it.  Easy peasy. And it becomes the ingredient to bring the Apple Jack together with the Apple Pucker in the

The Revolutionary Appletini

2 parts Apple Jack (or Apple Brandy)

2 parts Apple Pucker (or Apple Liqueur)

1 part Simple Syrup

  • Add ice to a martini shaker.
  • Add all ingredients.
  • Shake dramatically.
  • Pour and enjoy!


I think this drink is much better than the original. It’s not as potent as a traditional appletini (but not by much). I think it has a better flavor because you can taste the apple well, rather than have it play a poor second fiddle to the vodka. It’s a delightful surprise really. But this drink is cheap, so taste it and tell me yourself.


1 750 mL bottle of Apple Jack (Apple Brandy): $18.90

1 750 mL bottle of Aristocrat Tangy Sour Apple Schnapps: $7.50

Simple Syrup: Practically free

Total: 26.40

As always, happy and safe drinking!