About this recipe
Also known as the ‘Appletini', this mixed drink first appeared in Manhattan bars in the 1990s as another variation on the vodka and fruit combination, gaining in popularity. It then appeared in TV series such as US sitcom Two and a Half Men and 2009's Community on NBC, as well as How I Met Your Mother. And then in 2010, it had the endorsement of the world's most famous social network.
In the film The Social Network, Napster co-founder Sean Parker buys a round of Appletinis for Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, Facebook co-founders at their first meeting. In reality, although this meeting happened, they didn't drink Appletinis. However, after seeing the film Zuckerberg made the Appletini the official drink of Facebook.
Like a regular vodka martini, the cocktail starts with Smirnoff No.21, but then you add the sour mix and apple juice to create an Appletini. It's shaken over ice and served in a chilled glass.
Some recipes add vermouth to bring it closer to the martini original, some sour apple schnapps, which gives the cocktail a vivid green colour. Other variants use cider or other apple liqueurs to provide an orchard fruit flavour. A more complex version adds Calvados and Grand Marnier for a mixed fruit martini.
With apple juice ranging from sweet to sour, smooth and elegant to tangy and acidic, the Appletini can be made to suit any palate – and your guests will love it.