Friday, October 21, 2011

Caramel Appletini

Happy Friday, folks! I am so sorry I’ve been absent the past couple of weeks, sometimes life just blurs right by Friday (after Friday, after Friday). Anyway, I’m back and since we just had our first cold front of the season, I’m in full swing with a festive Fall inspired cocktail this week.

Nothing says Fall Festival to me quite like apples do! I’ve always loved them and growing up in Florida, it was the only one of my cherished fruits that didn’t grow locally. I mean I love everything about apples. As a kid, I loved to bob for them at our little church festivals and I would eat an entire apple pie if allowed. My favorite apple treat was a luscious, caramel coated apple from the county fair. Well, I’m all grown up now, but the desire that candy coated goodness still remains.

I wanted to put a twist on the ever popular (but somewhat girly) Appletini that would make me want to order one (without embarrassment) at the bar. This one took some time to figure out the ratios so that it wasn’t too boozey or sugary, but once I shook it up, poured it out and handed to over Tina and received a big smile and nod of approval, I knew it was right on the money.

Fall’s here (only through the weekend for us in Florida); pull out your boots and scarves and cocktail shakers and treat yourself with this tasty little sipper.


The Hubs

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Caramel Appletini


For the Caramelized Simple Syrup
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water

For the Caramel Appletini
2 oz apple vodka
1 1/2 oz fresh apple cider
1 oz caramelized simple syrup
1 oz lemon juice
caramel topping for garnish


Caramelized simple syrup
Pour sugar into a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir sugar to keep from scorching until sugar has completely melted. Slowly pour in boiling water (be careful and avoid steam) and continue to stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour simple syrup into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 8 weeks.

For the Caramel Appletini
Take a chilled martini glass and swirl / drizzle the inside of the glass with caramel sauce and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously (10 – 15 seconds). Slowly pour cocktail into caramel garnished glass and enjoy.

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20 Responses to “Caramel Appletini”

  1. 1

    Mom — October 21, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    MY Birthday drink! 🙂

  2. 2

    The Redneck Princess — October 21, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    Oh my…that looks delicious, and it’s only just past noon 🙂

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — October 21, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    My hubs and I were just talking about martinis last night. I would devour this. And then probably have another and devour it!

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    Jess @JessCantCook — October 21, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ll drink almost anything apple in the fall 🙂

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    Foodies on the Fly — October 21, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    Yum! We’ll drink to that, happy fall. Cheers!

  6. 6

    Nicole M. — October 21, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    Very pretty and sounds super tasty!

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    Sandra — October 22, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    Perfect for watching Bridesmaids for the umpteenth time!

    • Kristina replied: — October 24th, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

      i have yet to see it… i’m SO behind on the movies!

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    Ashley@BakerbyNature — October 22, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    This is the apple-tini of my dreams!

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    Annabell Mashaw — October 24, 2011 @ 2:35 am

    There is nothing that says Fall like a nice warm apple pie. I have found a great way to make this all time favorite even better. Personal peices of pie:) All you do is make your pie as normal but instead of it getting put into a pan to bake you simply put the shell and stuffing into a cupcake pan. Only 6 are allowed at a time for spill over. This way there is no cutting and everyone gets just the right size/hand held peice of apple pie:)

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    Monica Bruno — October 24, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    This looks awesome!

    • Kristina replied: — October 24th, 2011 @ 11:24 am

      it’s SOOO good – you’ll have to try it ! 🙂

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    ErinsFoodFiles — October 26, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    That fact that this is not flourescent “slime” green, gets major points! Love this more natural version!

    PS. At the Chili Cookoff I competed in, one of the sponsors was Ole Smoky Moonshine. They have a version called “Apple Pie” and it tastes just like apple cidar! So dangerous!

    • Kristina replied: — October 27th, 2011 @ 9:59 am

      what? slime green isn’t appetizing?? 😉 yah… i am NOT a fan of storebought mixers – they taste like cleaning product (not that I actually know what that tastes like, but I would presume it’s something similar! hah)… bleh!

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    Ashlyn Cofone — November 2, 2011 @ 1:59 am

    Thank you for your post, I was sad that my family was not able to make it to the apple orchard this year. Instead I ended up buying one of the bags and using that to do some baking. This years apple treat was apple /oatmeal cookies..I think they would have done better if I put in some walnuts though. Either way they were a good treat to add to the pile of recipies:)

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