Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Martini Club: KMont's Appletini

Slurp, slurp, slurp........

Oh, hi! Time for another round of The Martini Club, compliments of Kmont, from Full Fork Ahead (rockin' foodie blog) and Lurv a la Mode (a beautiful and very thoughtful book blog). KMont is my first guest, and she decided to celebrate the grand opening of The Martini Club with one of my favorite martini recipes....the appletini. The Quirky Ladies (my critique group) has been known to enjoy a few cocktails in our day (hee hee) and the appletini is one of our go-to drinks. (Especially Victoria Morgan, who throws a great party). Anyhoo, if you're interested in mixing up your very own appletini, check out this recipe. I LOVE the presentation for these drinks, in the gorgeous green glasses with the apple garnish. If KMont was on Top Chef, I would say.....Bravo! (I would say it anyway....Bravo, Kmont!)

And now for our recipe......



First of all, thanks so much, Penny, for having me on your blog today to open up your new Martini Club! I'm looking forward to trying out the other drinks that pop up here over the next several weeks. When you asked if I'd like to contribute, appletinis came to mind immediately. They're really a pretty basic drink, but they're a fun one, too, and a staple on most bar menus. I had my first one however on a weekend trip to see some folks on hubby's side of the family and fell in love with not only the bright, vivid green color but the wow factor on my tongue as well. And let's face it - they're hella damn good for relaxing after a long, tiresome week of ye old rat race. I mean...really good. My husband's cousin made us the drinks, and while her version was good, I tend to be a sweeter girly drink guzzler. Feel free to dial back the sweetness in these, but for me, it's juuuust right.

1 ounce vodka
1 1/2 ounces DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
1 1/2 ounces apple juice
Apple wedges for garnish (optional)

Fill a serving glass with ice and water (to chill the glass).

Fill a martini shaker with ice. Measure out and pour in the vodka, sour apple pucker and juice and place in the shaker. Tightly seal the lid on the shaker and with a kitchen towel wrapped around the top and bottom, shake in a quick motion over the shoulder (parallel to the floor - this makes you look like a bartender shaking to the bar music, it's quite cool) for about thirty seconds.

Discard the ice water from serving glass and pour in the appletini. Garnish with an apple wedge if desired (I rarely do, it delays the drink) and enjoy!

(To make these less sweet, omit the extra half ounce of sour apple pucker and apple juice.)

If anyone's curious, I use Absolute brand vodka, but there's a reason The BDB brotherhood's official vodka is Grey Goose. That stuff is like the vodka of dreams come true, but it's mighty pricey. Too pricey for me!

Thanks again, Penny!


I'm shaking! I'm shaking! Oh, hi again. Just following Kenda's directions. Sunday dinner will be delicious. I'm having Spaghetti with Pesto and Shrimp (her latest recipe), following cocktail hour. Yum!

Huge thanks to KMont for her excellent post. Be sure to stop by next week, for a fabulous piece of flash fiction by Tom Andrews called Cocktail (the Movie), with his "holy manhattan" recipe. He is deranged!

Sloppy Sundays To All!


Brie said...

Oh, I’ve got a bottle of Grey Goose, it’s two years old because I’ve been saving it for a special occasion and I think this may be it. What better way to celebrate the best blog feature EVER!!!??? Right, right?!?

I’m off to get some apple pucker. Fantastic idea Penny (and delicious recipe KMont, as usual)! Can’t wait to see what else the club brings ;-)

KMont said...

Yaaay! Martinis first thing on a Sunday morning - well, for viewing anyway. :D

Things I forgot to mention: I learned that shaking technique from watching Alton Brown. He says that method allows the liquids int he shaker to fully mesh with one another as opposed to merely shaking it up and down. Made sense.

Also, I will often put my drink in the freezer for about an hour to get it a little slushy. :D They taste even more like a jolly rancher that way.

Thanks again for letting me kick off your club!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Brie! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I agree, The Martini Club is the best blog feature ever.

KMont always has some gorgeous and inspiring recipes, especially her slushy drinks. Someday we all have to get together for a serious bar, Chippendales dancers serving us, and maybe Hugh Jackman (with full-on Wolfman beard) as the bartender. Yippee!

Penny Watson said...

Hi KMont! I love the idea for the slushy version....perfect for a hot, summer day. Or a cold winter day when you're trying to pretend it's a hot summer day.

OK, what is up with Alton Brown? Have you ever seen how mean he is on the reality cooking shows? Cripes! He's the Queen of Mean, baby. Although I do approve of his nerdy persona. :^)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Looks really good. I've actually never ever had an appletini.

Heidenkind said...

Grey Goose isn't THAT expensive. Besides, it's worth it. :)

Penny Watson said...

Julia---we'll have a martini tasting menu at the NECRWA conference!

Penny Watson said...

Tasha....only the best, eh? I have my bottles of vodka stashed in the freezer.

KMont said...

I shoulda specified why goose is too 'spensive for me - I'm usually buying three or four other items at the liquor store at the same time. *ahem* :D I also cook with liquor a lot and man can that add up.

I would stah my vodka in the freezer, but my freezer is a precarious place. Knowing my luck, my goose would end up crashing on the floor when I opened the door. And then I would cry. Not because of the glass or anything, but I know y'all know that.

Penny Watson said...

I have had frozen popsicles fall on my head when I open the freezer. On more than one occasion. They're like rocks. Purple and pink rocks.

martinipen said...

Was ist ein "apple-tini"? Das ist nicht ein Martini...hast nicht ein olive-dinger...