The Appletini Cocktail

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Many cocktails have famous variations, but few are as popular as the Appletini cocktail. A variation on the original Martini cocktail, Appletini is just one of the many versions that have emerged from people’s passion with this drink. One can usually determine whether a cocktail is successful or not by the number of variations people create, and it is safe to say Martini is one of the most loved mixed drinks. Preferred by both men and women, the drink is also a statement and it says something about the drinker.

The origins of the Martini have been already discussed, and it is safe to say early versions of the recipe were found as early as the 19th century. As for the Appletini cocktail, it came, together with other variations, sometime during the middle of the 1990s, when Martini became popular again in bars and restaurants. Other versions were the peach martini, the chocolate martini or the espresso martini, but Appletini easily became more popular than them. Yet when it comes to the ingredients, all these versions including the Appletini have little in common with the original drink. In fact, with them the primary volume of alcohol is generally vodka and not gin, and the only reason they receive the suffix “-tini” is because they are served in martini glasses.

The Appletini cocktail became so popular that it was soon adopted into the International Bartender’s Association official cocktail list. Here is what they recommend as the original recipe:

  • 40 ml vodka
  • 15 ml apple schnapps or Calvados
  • 15 ml Cointreau

All the ingredients are poured into a shaker and mixed well; the result is poured into a chilled martini glass, and the usual garnish is a slice of apple which the bartender can cut into any shape he/she prefers. However, the Appletini has its own variations, some of which include ingredients like apple juice, apple liqueur, apple cider, vermouth, apple brandy, and others. One popular variation indicates ingredients such as sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, top shelf vodka and apple juice or cider.

For those who prefer rum, the “Rumpletini” variation exists to replace the vodka. Because it has an amusing name and a classy look, the Appletini started being used in media and popular culture as well. It appears as a reference in numerous movies and television shows such as the hilarious sitcom Scrubs, the musical TV series Glee, or the cult TV show Two and a Half Men, where it was the main character’s favorite drink. Other appearances include Community, How I Met Your Mother or Enchanted.

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