Caramel & Apple Martini
Caramel & Apple Martini
This indulgent, autumnal cocktail comes straight from the minds of Mixology Events’ bar team. The Caramel & Apple Martini exudes winter warmth, featuring caramel vodka, butterscotch schnapps and cloudy apple juice, in a Martini glass garnished with a cinnamon-sugar rim. This drink is like a toffee-apple in a glass and is sure to be a hit at any autumn or winter bar hire.
Caramel Vodka, Butterscotch Schnapps, Apple Juice, Cinnamon Sugar – Nick N Nora*
*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.
The Caramel & Apple Martini uses the classic autumn flavour combinations of tangy apples, warm spicy cinnamon and malty, sweet caramel and butterscotch, creating the perfect drink for a wintry bar hire.
Martinis are one of the most versatile families of drinks, with the only real stipulation being the glassware, while most Martini variants tend to use a vodka-base, there are plenty of exceptions to this rule. Martinis range all the way from the strong, sophisticated original; a stirred mixture of gin or vodka with a careful splash of dry vermouth, to the sweet, tropical, fruit-forward French Martini; a combination of raspberry vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. The Caramel & Apple Martini sits closer to the latter of those two drinks but with its rich, unctuous, nostalgic flavour profile, it’s sure to be popular even with the most discerning of guests.
If you’re planning a Martini-styled menu there’s a huge range of other drinks that could feature alongside the Caramel & Apple Martini. It’s always worth offering the original Martini on a Martini menu to cater to the experienced drinkers and to give your guests a field of reference for the many variants of this drink. You might also want something dry and zesty like the Breakfast Martini; a gin-based cocktail featuring triple sec, lemon juice and tangy, bittersweet marmalade, or something tropical and luxurious like the ever-popular Pornstar Martini: a mix of vanilla vodka, passionfruit liqueur and passionfruit juice with an added shot of prosecco.
For those planning an autumn or winter bar hire and wanting some other warming winter cocktails and seasonally flavoured drinks, there’s some great options to choose from. The Maple Leaf is a caramel-y mixture of rich bourbon and maple syrup with a balancing splash of lemon, or the Blood & Sand is an often overlooked classic, featuring smoky Scotch and fruity cherry liqueur.
If you’re thinking about featuring a Caramel & Apple Martini at your bar hire and want to know more about what drinks might be good to serve alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other vodka based, wintry and Martini-style cocktails from our list.
This particular Martini twist is a Mixology Events house creation but by no means were we the first people to think of putting together these classic flavours in a cocktail. Our head bartender and events manager Jake Rogers had this to say about the drink:
“This is a real hen-party-special, the classic combination of apple and caramel make
a drink that’s like a toffee-apple in a glass. This is a great cocktail for an Autumn or Winter based menu.”
Myths & Legends
This recipe uses butterscotch schnapps, schnapps is something of a vague term, it originates from the low German term ‘schnappen’ which refers to the fact the spirit is usually taken in a quick slug from a small glass.
In Europe, particularly in Germany and Holland, Schnapps refers to a high-proof spirit, usually distilled from potatoes or grain, similar to akvavit or poitin, but it’s more universal usage hails from America, where the term schnapps is applied to any low-ABV liqueurs which are flavoured and have a high sugar content.
There are a number of recipes online for caramel and apple Martinis including one from legendary cake manufacturers Betty Crocker, which suggests making actual caramel and letting it cool in the base of your glass before adding the cocktail.
Ingredients & Equipment
There are a number of caramel flavoured vodkas on the market and for a fun cocktail like this you don’t need a super-premium brand, but it is important to choose something which uses a high-quality vodka as its base and which isn’t too overpoweringly sweet. We recommend Stolichnaya’s Stoli Salted Karamel, with its high-quality base of classic Stoli vodka and it’s subtle, lightly salted flavour it makes the perfect ingredient for this cocktail.
For Butterscotch schnapps we favour Teichenne’s variety, this Spanish distillery has been producing their delicious flavoured Schnapps as well as a range of other premium spirit brands for over 60 years.
- 25ml Caramel Vodka
- 25ml Butterscotch Schnapps
- 50ml Cloudy Apple Juice
- Lemon Wedge for Rimming
- Cinnamon and Brown Sugar to Garnish
- Hawthorne Strainer
- Fine Strainer
- Martini Glass or Coupette
- Cubed Ice
- Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
- Take your Boston glass or small tin
- Using your jigger to measure, add the vodka schnapps and apple juice to the shaker
- Fill the shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
- Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
- Remove your glass from the freezer or empty of ice if necessary
- Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon on a plate or shallow bowl
- Using a lemon wedge, coat the rim of your glass with lemon juice
- Carefully dip the glass in cinnamon-sugar mix to coat the rim
- Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer double strain your cocktail into your chilled, rimmed Martini glass or coupette
- Serve and enjoy!
For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.
Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.