Created by: Meg Raines
Created for: Chelan Fresh
YIELD:
3-4 servings

Everyone knows that our miniature Rockit apples are a fun little treat for kids, but we haven’t forgotten about the grown-up kids. This Appletini cocktail conjures up the taste of Grandma’s apple pie but it is strictly for after hours!

INGREDIENTS

For the rim:

  • 1/4 cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the martini:

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar simple syrup*
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon flavor whiskey or schnapps
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Small pinch of salt (optional)
  • 2-3 Rockit apples, sliced crosswise for garnish
  • Ice

METHOD

  1. In a cocktail shaker or pitcher, combine the apple cider, simple syrup, vodka, cinnamon whiskey, vanilla, and salt if using. Set aside, or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Add the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Prepare the glasses: Put the graham cracker mixture on a shallow plate then squeeze the lemon juice onto a separate plate (make sure both plates are wide enough to fit the rim of your martini glasses). Dip the rim of a martini glass in the lemon juice first, then into the graham cracker crumbs, making sure that the entire rim is coated. Repeat with the remaining glasses.
  4. Make the cocktail: Add ice to the mixture in your cocktail shaker or pitcher and stir or shake rigorously, strain out into the prepared martini glasses. Garnish with Rockit apple slices. TIP: Dip the apple slices in the lemon juice before garnishing your cocktails to prevent them from browning quickly.
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