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We think this drink, possibly immortalized by Scrubs character J.D., is wildly underrated. Think of it as a friendlier martini—it's still 100% booze and very vodka-forward, but it's got a bit more going on. Apple schnapps brings sweet-tart green apple flavor, while a splash of calvados (apple brandy) gives it a fiery kick. Can't find calvados? Try apple jack or your favorite brand of apple-flavored whiskey. Not into vodka? Try gin. Warning: these babies are STRONG, so don't plan on going anywhere after consuming. 😂

Do I have to use a cocktail shaker? 

If you're already into making your cocktails at home, it's best to ensure you have the right tools to prepare a good drink. Using a cocktail shaker will help keep the ice cubes insulated as you shake so that they don't melt down and make your drink too watery. It also has a handy strainer in the lid to help keep ice chunks from plopping into your glass. If you're in a pinch and you need an apple martini, use a thermos that has a tight seal to do your mixing and shaking. 

How is an apple martini served?

Straight up (without ice) in a martini glass is the way to go.  

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below! And if you're looking for something on the sweeter side, you gotta check out our Banana Cream Pie Martini.

Editor's Note: This page was updated on June 2, 2022, to include more information about the recipe.

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Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 5 mins
1 1/2 oz.


1 oz.

apple schnapps

1/2 oz.



green apple slices, for serving

  1. Place martini glass in freezer to chill.
  2. Combine vodka, schnapps, and calvados in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until chilled, about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour cocktail into chilled glass and garnish with apple slice.

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