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!