Appletini – A Beautiful Mess

An Appletini, or sour apple martini, only has four ingredients and is easy to make and way too easy to drink. 😉 While yes, it’s a dessert martini and more on the sweet side, when you make your own at home you can customize it to your preferences. So in this post, I’ll share my Appletini recipe along with ways to change it up. And if you want something even sweeter, try a Caramel Apple Martini!

While I usually make this recipe with vodka, you could swap it for gin for a slightly more floral, and more classic martini variation. You could also choose to add a little cinnamon and sugar to the rim to up the dessert martini vibes.

Related: If you love this Appletini recipe, next try Snickerdoodle Martini, Lychee Martini, Chocolate Martini, Caramel Apple Moscow Mule or an Espresso Martini.


  • Vodka
  • Apple Juice
  • Sour Apple Schnapps
  • Lemon Juice

You’ll see in the photo below I used a sparkling apple juice for the Appletinis pictured here, but this is not necessary. Any apple juice will work.


In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Then add ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels very cold against your hand.

Stain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a granny apple slice.

Tips & Substitutions

  • You could use gin instead of vodka if you prefer.
  • Any kind of apple juice works fine. You could also use an apple cider for this recipe.
  • Store clean martini glasses in your freezer and you’ll always have a chilled glass ready for when you need it.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, a mason jar with a lid will also work. Simply strain through a cocktail strainer to keep the ice from getting into your chilled drink.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is schnapps?

An alcoholic drink that can be made from various grains and is usually distilled with some type of flavor like fruit or herbs. While schnapps can be drunk on its own, it’s often an ingredient in cocktails.

Is it vodka or gin in a martini?

A classic martini is made with gin, but you can make a martini with vodka. Many dessert martinis are made with vodka so the other flavors can take center stage.

What’s in an Appletini?

Vodka, Apple Juice, Sour Apple Schnapps and Lemon Juice.


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a dessert cocktail made with vodka and sour apple schnapps

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Prep 5 minutes

Total 5 minutes


  • In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients.

  • Add ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels very cold against your hand.

  • Stain into a chilled martini glass.

  • Garnish with a granny apple slice (optional).


If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar with a lid and then strain with a cocktail shaker into your martini glass. 


Nutrition Facts


Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

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