Appletini Recipe

The Appletini Recipe, made famous by the 2010 film The Social Network, divides opinion we love it as a sweet and easy cocktail to make.
Appletini Recipe




Martini Glass



Appletini Recipe Ingredients

50ml Vodka

15ml Apple Liqueur (Apple Schnapps)

15ml Apple Juice

10ml Lemon Juice

How to make an Appletini Cocktail

Place a Martini glass in a freezer to chill. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the above ingredients.

Shake all ingredients for 15-20 seconds until the outside of the shaker feels cold to the touch and strain into the chilled Martini glass. Add an apple slice to garnish. 


Apple Slice

What is an Appletini Cocktail?

We’ll be honest – the appletini recipe strongly divides opinion.

Just a quick search on Google for “appletini” and you’ll see some common questions come up like:

“Is appletini a girly drink”

“What should you never order at a bar”

“What cocktails do bartenders hate most”

The reason the appletini kind of went out of fashion is because of how sweet/sugary the drink is combined with the fact that people are now much more health-conscious and resistant to sugary and artificial cocktails.

In honesty though, people also love the appletini for a few key reasons:

So, what is an appletini? An appletini is an apple flavoured Martini and can be approached in a number of ways depending on your individual taste and ingredients to hand. 

The variations that exist come from either a sweet version using apple-based liqueurs (which give the electric green colour famed from the disco-drinks era) or you can opt for a truer apple-based flavour by using apple juice or cloudy apple instead of a liqueur. 

The combinations are interchangeable and while an Appletini is technically a Martini, the ingredients used can arguably result in more of an apple sour as the end product nicely presented in a Martini glass. 

Scene from 2010 film The Social Network where Mark Zuckerberg drinks the appletini recipe
Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) drinks an Appletini Cocktail in The Social Network. Source: Columbia Pictures

Expert Tip

Besides the cocktail recipe listed above, there are a number of other variations that you can use and experiment with to create an Appletini perfectly suited to your individual preferences. To mix up your Appletini, try some of the following ingredients:

  • Cloudy Apple Juice
  • Apple Juice
  • Apple Schnapps
  • Calvados (Apple Brandy)

Just keep in mind that the Calvados and Apple Schnapps are both alcohol-based so it might be worth scaling back the vodka quantity to a 35ml serving when trying to accommodate these ingredients… or don’t, the choice is yours!