Easy Appletini Cocktail Recipe

August 29, 2018 (Last Updated: August 14, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

The Appletini is a modern classic cocktail! We walk you through, step-by-step, the making of this Easy Appletini Cocktail Recipe.

Appletini with lemons, limes, apples and flowers in the background.

I like cocktails and I can’t help it. Well, I can help it. Otherwise, some might suggest I have a problem. But really, I like cocktails and we are going to take a small break from the apple pie portion of our apple pie series and focus on a cocktail, the Appletini. In our last post, we made a homemade sweet and sour mix specifically for our Appletini. Today, we are going to connect the dots and help you make the best Appletini that you can.

I’m a Dude. Why Should I Make an Appletini?

If you like sour apple drinks, you should at least give this one a try. In years past, I have heard all sorts of nonsense about specific drinks not being ‘manly’ enough or whatever. As if any drink isn’t manly or not manly, right? It is a drink. Sure, this drink is on the sweet side. If we, however, are to measure a manly drink by the strength of it’s liquor, the Appletini surely would fit into the category of manly compared to many.

Let’s look at a Whiskey Coke. This is manly enough right? Well, a normal Whiskey Coke is going to have about 2 ounces of whiskey and about 10 ounces of Coke. An Appletini is going to have 3 ounces of booze and a ½ ounce of sweet and sour mix. It is mostly booze. The whiskey coke isn’t. So, that notion is a bunch of hogwash.

Perhaps it is because of the Apple flavor or the sweetness? Are we going to argue that apples and/or candy is bad? Malarkey, I tell you! Here is the truth. If you like it, drink it. I enjoyed making and drinking this cocktail. Sure, my preference is for a whiskey with a splash of water, but that is personal preference and sometimes I want something different.

Drink what you like.

The History of the Appletini

Many times, cocktail history is obscured in myth and marketing, but the Appletini history seems to have a pretty straightforward and easy origin story. The story goes that it was a drink originally named Adam’s Apple Martini that was invented by a guy who, shockingly, is named Adam. He was a bartender at Lola’s in West Hollywood and the year was 1996. It must have been a hit and the name transformed along the way to Appletini. Now, there may be others that lay claim to this origin story, but this was the only one I found.

Do I Need To Make Homemade Sweet and Sour

No, you don’t. You can pick up a bottle of premixed sweet and sour. I do, however, recommend giving my recipe a whirl. It really is so easy to make and it is twenty times better than store-bought sweet and sour mix.


Frozen martini glass with a bottle of Apple pucker in the background

putting the top on the shaker

sweet and sour mix

overhead shot of appletini

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Easy Appletini Cocktail Recipe

Appletini with lemons, limes, apples and flowers in the background.

The classic Appletini cocktail! Yes, it is a new classic, but certainly is a memorable one that has quickly joined the ranks of the tastiest cocktails there are. Pucker up and drink an Appletini!

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 ½ Ounce Vodka
  • 1 ½ Ounce Apple Pucker
  • ½ Ounce Sweet and Sour Mix


  1. Fill Shaker with Ice
  2. Add all ingredients to shaker
  3. Vigorously shake for 15-30 seconds
  4. Strain into frozen martini glass
  5. DRINK!

Keywords: appletini

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  • Reply
    Monica | Nourish + Fete
    September 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    This sounds delicious, and I couldn’t agree more – drink what you like! I’m also super intrigued by the idea of making my own sweet and sour mix – that would be a good incentive to make one of these more often. 😉

  • Reply
    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    October 12, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Looks super easy and super refreshing .

  • Reply
    Caitlyn Erhardt
    October 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Looks so pretty and refreshing! I love apple themed drinks this time of year!

  • Reply
    October 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    What a lovely cocktail! Mixology is not my strong suit, so I always love seeing new drinks. And martinis are my favorite drink to order. And I would love to see this Appletini on a menu!

  • Reply
    October 12, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    This is totally a manly drink Ben. It is the weekend here in Australia and I want to rush right out and get some ingredients to have this tonight with friends. Cheers to that!

  • Reply
    October 13, 2018 at 1:56 am

    That cocktail looks so refreshing. Perfect for the weekend and having a few people over.

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    November 28, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I love that you’re a dude and make appletini cocktails. Cheers!!

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