Cocktail & Other Recipes Preparation Style Shaken


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Originally called Adam’s Apple Martini, the Appletini became a crowd pleaser from the day it was invented at L.A. restaurant Lola’s in 1996. The original recipe simply used vodka and green apple schnapps, but we updated the modern classic with calvados and fresh Granny Smith apple juice.

This recipe originally appeared as part of The Appletini Is 21 Years Old. Is It Time to Rethink the Famous Cocktail?


  • 1 1/4 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Calvados
  • 1 1/4 oz Fresh Granny Smith apple juice
  • 1/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz Simple syrup
  • Garnish: Brandied cherry
  • Garnish: Granny Smith apple slices


  1. Add crushed ice to a cocktail glass and set aside to chill.

  2. Add all the ingredients into a shaker with cubed ice, and shake for about 10 seconds.

  3. Empty the ice from the cocktail glass, and double-strain the mixture into it.

  4. Garnish with a skewered brandied cherry and 3 Granny Smith apple slices.