Sip on this Apple Cider Martini that combines cider and vodka in a glass with a caramel-coated rim that’s dipped in brown sugar!
This Apple Cider Martini has all the delicious flavors of fall in one cup! It’s sweet, tangy, and spicy while remaining incredibly simple to make!
The cocktail not only tastes amazing but is also dressed up with garnishes to look beautiful as well! Apple slices, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon finish off each drink!
Making it the perfect festive cocktail to sip on at Thanksgiving! Or at an end-of-season party before everyone hibernates for the winter!
Choosing Your Cider!
Often times I try to tuck away some cider from our family’s annual apple cider-making party! But more times than not, we all drink it as we go so the fruits of our labor tend to disappear quickly!
In that case, I’ll just grab a jug of fresh apple cider from our local orchard to use in this Spiced Apple Cider Martini recipe!
If you don’t have access to fresh cider, store-bought will do just fine! And if you can’t get your hands on apple cider you can grab apple juice instead.
This Apple Cider Martini recipe calls for just 3 ounces of apple cider per batch, which means you’ll have lots of leftover cider. Unless of course, you’re serving a big crowd!
See, plenty of delicious drink recipes to use up that leftover cider to cut back on waste!
Tips & Tricks for Serving And Enjoying This Martini
- Chill the martini glasses ahead of time! This ensures the drinks stay colder for longer.
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the apple slices to prevent them from browning! Allowing the garnishes to look their best!
- Use a cocktail shaker with ice to mix the vodka and cider. Ensuring the ingredients are as chilled as possible while thoroughly mixing them together.
- Prepare your martini station ahead of time for an easier and quicker turnaround! To do so, prepare 2 shallow plates. One with caramel sauce spread out to dip the rim of your glass in. The second with brown sugar.
- If you’re hosting a fall party, I’d suggest setting up a self-service bar for guests to make their own drinks! Set out a pitcher of apple cider and a vodka bottle with a jigger for measurement. Then place an assortment of garnishes out so everyone can make their martini exactly how they’d like!
- Feel free to substitute vanilla-flavored or caramel vodka for even more flavor!
- Add a splash of club soda to turn this into a Sparkling Apple Cider Martini!
- These martinis would be great to serve at any holiday party! Whether it’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, or even Christmas!
How Many Martinis Does This Recipe Make?
Can I Sweeten Up This Cocktail A Bit?
Of course, I encourage you to make this recipe to fit your taste buds! For a sweeter Apple Cider Vodka Martini add simple syrup to taste!
How Can I Make This Recipe Without A Cocktail Shaker?
A mason jar with a lid, blender bottle, protein shaker, or a travel coffee cup will all get the job done! Even if you have to stir them together, the martini will still taste just as good!
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Apple Cider Martini
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 1 jigger or measuring cup
- 1 martini glass
- 2 small plates
- Chill Martini glasses while preparing the other ingredients.
- Prepare 2 shallow plates, 1 with the caramel sauce spread out and the other with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixed together.1 tablespoon caramel sauce, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Slice some thin apple slices and squeeze some fresh lemon juice on them to prevent browning. This is an optional step as these will be placed on a cocktail stick and used for garnish.apple slices, 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 full with ice.Ice
- Add the vodka and the spiced apple cider and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.3 ounces vodka, 3 ounces apple cider
- Dip the chilled martini glass in caramel and then the brown sugar mixture.
- Strain the apple cider martini into the prepared martini glass.
- Garnish with the prepped apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and star anise, if desired.cinnamon sticks, star anise
- Setting up your station in advance makes this cocktail a breeze to prepare.
- Caramel or vanilla-flavored vodka would make great variations in this cocktail.
- If you enjoy a sweeter cocktail, add a tablespoon of simple syrup before shaking.
- This recipe will fill a traditional martini glass, if you use a smaller martini glass like a coupe you will have 2 smaller cocktails.