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Vanilla & Apple Martini


Vanilla & Apple Martini

This autumnal twist on a Martini features a classic combination of apple, lemon, vanilla and cinnamon, balanced with the icy dryness of vodka. The Vanilla & Apple Martini is warm, spicy and subtly tart, making it a brilliant choice for a wintery bar hire.

Vodka, Apple Juice, Lemon juice, Vanilla Syrup, Cinnamon – Nick N Nora*

*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.

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The Vanilla & Apple Martini is yet another spin on the most famous cocktail, the Martini.

With its light citrusy notes, this is a far cry from the original, but using classic flavour combinations—vodka and apple, apple and cinnamon, lemon and vanilla—it retains the balance and elegance of its forebear.

Martinis come in all sorts of colours and flavours, what unites this wide family of cocktails is their base spirit—nearly always vodka or gin, and their eponymous vessel; the Martini glass. With such diversity its entirely possible to design a whole menu around this celebrated style of cocktail, with drinks ranging from fruity and sweet, to citrusy and tart all the way to strong and devilishly dry, there is a martini to suit everybody’s tastes.

If you’re planning a Martini-styled menu and want to feature the Vanilla & Apple Martini, some other firm favourites include the ever popular Espresso Martini, a moreish mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and strong, fresh espresso; the zingy enlivening Breakfast Martini, a zesty mixture of gin, lemon, triple sec and marmalade; or even the modern favourite; the Pornstar Martini, a luxurious mixture of vodka, passion fruit and vanilla.

With its warm apple-pie spice, the Vanilla & Apple Martini makes a great choice for an autumn or winter bar hire, the cinnamon gives it a subtle christmassy note and its natural elegance make it perfect for a glamorous winter event. There are a host of other winter-warmer cocktails that could be served alongside the Vanilla & Apple Martini, some of our favourites include the Maple Leaf; a short, smooth mixture of rich bourbon and maple syrup, or the Sidecar; an old French classic combining cognac and spiced orange liqueur.

Martinis are a popular and stylish drink for a bar hire but they do tend to be quite strong, the Vanilla & Apple Martini is lower in alcohol than many of its cousins so it’s a good choice to round out a heady Martini menu. You could always consider serving some beers, low alcohol, or even alcohol free cocktails alongside your Martinis as well, with loads of great mocktails and classically styled high-balls that could match the poise of the Martini.

If you’re eager to serve a Vanilla & Apple Martini at your bar hire and want to know more about what drinks you could feature alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser, or check out some other vodka based, wintery and Martini-style cocktails from our list.


This particular recipe is a house creation but by no means were we the first to make an apple and vanilla flavoured Martini. This classic flavour combination has certainly been paired together many times before at bars all over the world in some form or another and the balanced mixture of tart, citrusy apple and sweet, mellow vanilla with a hint of cinnamon spice, is a delicious and nostalgic taste to base a drink on. 

Apple Martinis are nothing new, often dubbed the ‘Appletini’ this drink dates back to at least the late 80’s or early 90’s where recipes for some form of Apple Martini began to appear alongside an apple-flavoured schnapps produced by Dutch brand, De Kuyper, called Apple Pucker. In 1993’s Complete World Bartender Guide, writer, Bob Sennet, lists an Apple Martini as: 1 part each of vodka and De Kuyper’s apple liqueur shaken and served straight up, this liquor-only cocktail would have been pretty heady, more in line with a classic Martini but not necessarily to the taste of general drinkers. Over the years since, the standard recipe has evolved to include lemon juice and sugar to help balance out the strong liquors. 

The first recorded use of the now common term, ‘Appletini’ is hard to discern but most agree that the drink was popularised in Los Angeles with many attributing its official creation to West Hollywood restaurant, Lola’s. 


Myths & Legends

Though wikipedia attributes the creation of the ‘Appletini’ to Lola’s restaurant in LA, it didn’t feature on their menu until 1996, 3 years after the Apple Martini recipe was printed in Bob Sennet’s Complete World Bartender Guide. 

When the drink first appeared on lola’s menu it was listed as an ‘Adam’s Apple Martini’, supposedly named after the bartender who created it, named Adam, when the term ‘Appletini’ arose seems to be a mystery.


In 2000 the NY Times published an article by writer Rick Marin entitled, The Greening Of The Martini, Marin’s article detailed the recent rise in popularity of this drink from its beginnings in LA’s sushi restaurants to its de and subsequent re-construction in chique New York cocktail bars, by way of Robert De Niro:

City Hall, in TriBeCa, started serving apple martinis a year and a half ago, after Robert De Niro came in asking for one and the bartender was unable to oblige. The next day, the owners ordered a case of DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker, a 30-proof bright green liqueur advertised on the label as ”sweet and sour schnapps.”

The Appletini (easy on the tini) is famously the favourite drink of TV Doctor John ‘JD’ Dorian, from US sitcom, Scrubs.


Ingredients & Equipment

For vodka cocktails, it’s always worth using a classic, dry vodka like Stolichnaya or Wyborowa, these rye based vodkas from Russia and Poland respectively, both have a smooth, dry, almost imperceptible flavour, especially when served ice cold.

These vodkas are perfect for cocktails and fairly inexpensive when compared to many premium-vodka brands whilst still being of the highest quality.


  • 50ml Vodka
  • 25ml Apple Juice
  • 10ml Lemon juice
  • 12.5ml Vanilla Syrup
  • Cinnamon for Garnish


  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Fine Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Cinnamon Shaker
  • Blowtorch
  • Martini Glass or Coupette
  • Cubed Ice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and fill with cubed ice.Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds and double strain. Use a blowtorch to flame cinnamon over the cocktail before serving.

  • 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, apple juice and vanilla syrup to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and a jigger to measure, squeeze 10ml of lemon juice and add it to the shaker
  • Fill your 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 it of ice if necessary
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain your cocktail into your chilled Martini glass or coupette
  • Carefully, light your blowtorch and hold the flame a few inches above your cocktail
  • Lightly dust cinnamon over the lit blowtorch, into the cocktail, the cinnamon will sparkle as it burns and take on a warm roasted flavour
  • 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.