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

Coyote urine. It’s the reason my hydrangeas actually bloomed this year. (Deer repellent.) And after her thorough sweep of the gardens for chipmunks, it’s what Mary smells like right now. #bathtime Happy Saturday!

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