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ask the bartender : 
a
is for appletini 

Though hardcore martini-drinkers may cringe at the thought of it, the appletini, aka apple martini, is here to stay.  True, thereís nothing about this trendy concoction that remotely resembles a classic martini in the slightest.  After all, itís sweet, itís fruity, it often glows green Ö traditional? Nope. But oh-so fun and tasty nonetheless.

the ingredients
At its most basic, an apple martini typically consists of a vodka base spiked with the flavor of apple schnapps.  Apple schnapps is a sweet liqueur made from, you guessed it, apples. Sometimes it will simply be labeled apple schnapps. But head to your local liquor store and you might also find bottles labeled apple barrel schnapps, sour apple schnapps, sour apple pucker, or apple pucker.  Plain old apple schnapps and Apple Barrel Schnapps (made by ubiquitous Schnapps producer DeKuyper) are generally sweet, slightly golden in color, and very red-apply in flavor. The sour apple and pucker versions are generally neon-green in color, sweet-and-sour, and taste rather like a green Jolly Rancher.  Most bars will use the green stuff for their apple martinis, so if youíre looking to make an apple martini thatís exactly like the frou-frou cocktail you got at your favorite swanky bar, itís probably pucker you want. If youíre of the opinion that drinks shouldnít taste like candy, on the other hand, you might want to try non-sour-type schnapps. Basically, use whatever type of Apple Schnapps suits your fancy Ö and remember, these babies pack more of a punch than you might first realize, so sip slowly and enjoy.

variations on a theme For all the following recipes, combine ingredients (except garnish) with cracked ice and shake it up till ice cold. Serve in a martini glass.
apple martini
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. apple Schnapps
splash of Cointreau
thin apple slice for garnish 
sour apple martini
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. apple Schnapps
big olí squeeze of fresh lime juice
thin apple slice for garnish
green apple martini
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. apple Schnapps
splash of midori
big olí squeeze of lime juice
thin granny smith slice for garnish
pine-apple martini
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. apple schnapps
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
thin apple slice for garnish

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