Monday, October 3, 2011

Apple Cider Martini

It's that time of year when the weather gets cooler and warm items like soups, chili's, and warm drinks become popular again.  I absolutely love making hot apple cider this time of year, but this time around, I decided to change it up a bit.  The Cidertini served at the White Mountain Cider Co.  in North Conway, NH is what inspired me to make this drink.  Once I tasted their delicious cocktail, I knew I had to recreate it.  If any of you are ever near North Conway, you must eat here! Reservations are strongly suggested (Dave and I were lucky and got the last reservation at 9pm).  But trust me when I say that this restaurant is well worth the wait!



Now I of course could not recreate the Cidertini perfectly, because the White Mountain Cider Co. makes their own cider fresh and even uses a reduction in this cocktail, but I did come pretty close!

Apple Cider Martini
Ingredients:
-3 to 4 ounces Apple Cider (if you want it a little stronger, use closer to 3 ounces)
-1.5 ounces AppleJack Liquor
-1 ounce orange curacao
-Splash of lemon juice
-Cinnamon-sugar mix for rim (optional)
-Apple peel to garnish (optional)

Directions:
Take two martini glasses and moisten the rims of the glasses with either water, simple syrup, and/or alcohol.  I just used simple syrup so that the cinnamon-sugar mixture would stick to the edge.  Make sure the cinnamon-sugar mixture is on a plate or bowl that is larger than the glasses so that you can tip the glasses upside down and dip them into the mixture.


Once you have your beautifully coated martini glasses, fill a martini shaker with ice, and add in the applejack, orange curacao, cider, and splash of lemon juice.  Shake well.  Pour out into the martini glasses, garnish with an apple slice or peel.  Enjoy!


For more great recipes using apples, check out FN Dish, Food Network's Blog where there will be loads of fall recipes! You can also check out these recipes from fellow bloggers:

CIA Dropout: Apple-Roasted Duck
Cooking Channel: Add Apples to Your Salad
The Cultural Dish: Apple Cider Martini
And Love It Too: Fried Apples (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Vegan)
From My Corner of Saratoga: Easy Skillet Apple Pie (A Southern Living Recipe Reviewed)
Haute Apple Pie: Baked Apple Pancake
Virtually Vegan Mama: Slow Cooker Apple Date Butter
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Apple Pancakes
What's Gaby Cooking: Apple Cake
FN Dish: Savory Apple Recipes
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Apple and Caramelized Onion Soup
The Sensitive Epicure: Pan Fried Apple Rings (Gluten-Free)
Glory Foods: Caramel Apple Upside Down Cupcakes
Daily*Dishin: Apple, Bacon, Feta Salad With Maple Vinaigrette
Dishin & Dishes: Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
Cooking With Elise: Wholegrain Apple Oat Pancakes
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40 comments:

  1. This sounds (and looks) awesome. I love the apple slices! I enjoy apple martinis, I'm sure I would love this!

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  2. Even if not recreated perfectly, it sounds absolutely amazing:-) I am a huge fan of Apple cider! Your pictures are gorgeous too:-) Hugs, Terra

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  3. Beautiful garnish on a delectable cocktail :)

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  4. This is great for a fall cocktail hour (or weekend)

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  5. What a lovely cocktail! YUMMY! Great pictures as well.

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  6. Great way to amp up a martini-I will need to try your apple cider version. Stunning picture!

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  7. Mmmm! This looks super delicious :) Love it when places inspire you to create something wonderful at home!

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  8. Wow this martini looks fantastic! I love apple cider, and the apple garnish is beautiful!

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  9. wow such interesting martini! can't wait to try this out!

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  10. Love it! I'm buzzing this one :)

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  11. This is totally buzzed!! I love the idea AND your presentation. How pretty and completely festive!

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  12. Such a great idea! Love the garnish too - adorable. I could make this for a fall party!!! Totally buzzing this!

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  13. Thanks guys... I hope you all like the drink if you try it! I am kind of getting addicted to them! ;)

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  14. Oh this apple cider martini looks so beautiful... I just love how you carved out the apple seeds in the slice you use for garnish. What a great effect!

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  15. This sounds amazing! I love an apple martini, this sounds even better!

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  16. It looks delish! Congrats on Top 9!

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  17. That sounds so delicious Elyse! I wish I could sip on one of those right now!!!

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  18. Wow - can just imagine all these flavours packed in there, including the orange. Cheers to autumn! Fabulous.

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  19. Great drink for autumn. Looks so easy to put together.

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  20. Now this looks like fall in a glass! Love the idea of apple cider for a martini =)

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  21. Very nice and Congrats ob Top 9!

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  22. i'm totally making this - fall comfort in a glass :)!
    Thank you so much for sharing! I love your site :)

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  23. I've been wanting to make an apple cider inspired cocktail - this is wonderful, as are your photos! I recently made a Pumpkintini - using Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee as the base. Now I have another great spirit to add to my Fall cocktail list!

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  24. Oooo a pumpkintini sounds awesome! I'll have to try that too!

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  25. New follower. I have no idea how I wasn't before. Congrats on top 9. Beautiful pictures and tasty drink. Love the apple slice on it.

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  26. This looks delish! Is 1:30 too early for a cocktail?

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  27. That looks amazing and I love the garnish!

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  28. this sounds delicious! congrats on top 9!

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  29. Yum! I love cider anything and the apple looks so pretty as a garnish!

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  30. I just stopped at the apple orchard and picked up some cider. Can't wait for Apple Martini happy hour tonight!

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  31. ahhh i love the apple cider martini idea. :) welcome to our #applelove blog hop! have a great day!

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  32. Absolutely perfect looking martini and so befitting for this time of year. Well done!

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