The Best Cocktail of Fall: A Fresh Apple Martini

There are appletinis—you know what I’m talking about, they’re neon green—and there are Fresh Apple Martinis. This one is modeled after a cocktail I used to get at the former Pastis in New York’s Meatpacking district. And since I’m all about eating with the seasons, NOW is the time to make this martini. Besides, if you use fresh apple puree, it’s sort of like you’re having your fruit serving for the day. In a beverage. With booze. You know what they say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Enjoy responsibly.

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Fresh Apple Martini

Fresh Apple Martini

  • Yields 2
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes


  • 2 green apples
  • ¼ c simple syrup
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 oz vodka
  • ice

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  • Place two martini glasses in freezer to chill while you prepare the drinks.
  • Cut the apple, top to bottom, around the core. Reserve one piece (rub it with the lemon half to prevent browning). Place the remaining pieces in a blender with the simple syrup, and squeeze lemon juice into the blender, catching seeds with your fingers. Puree until completely smooth, about 60 seconds.
  • Combine the apple puree and vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into two chilled martini glasses. Cut thin slices from the reserved apple piece for garnish.
Fresh Appletini Martini

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Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

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