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Appletini (aka Apple Martini)
Top view of an Apple Martini
Type Mixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up
Standard garnish

Apple slice; Cherry

Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
Preparation Mix in a shaker, then pour into a chilled glass. Garnish and serve.

An apple martini (appletini for short) is a cocktail containing vodka and one or more of apple juice, apple cider, apple liqueur, or apple brandy. Optionally, vermouth may be included, as in a regular martini. Typically, the apple vodka is shaken or stirred with a sweet and sour mix and then strained into a cocktail glass.

This drink, properly called an Adam's Apple Martini, was created and popularized in 1997 by Adam Karsten, a bartender at Lola's in West Hollywood, California.[citation needed]


In its purest form, it would contain:

40 ml (1 ⅓ oz) top shelf vodka (or gin)
30 ml (⅔ oz) apple juice, cider, or most often-apple pucker

A common variation of the appletini is the "Rumpletini", with a light rum in place of the vodka.[citation needed]

The appletini can also be made with "martini bianco" in a long drink glass and filled with apple juice.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The appletini is the favorite alcoholic drink of John "J.D." Dorian in the sitcom Scrubs in which it is often characterized as being somewhat effeminate.
  • Along with a rum and diet coke, it is also the favorite drink of Alan Harper from Two and a Half Men.
  • Sue Sylvester, the sadistic gym teacher of the musical television series Glee, mentions that appletini is her favorite flavor of protein gel in the episode "Funk".[1]
  • In the 2010 film The Social Network, in the initial meeting between Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin and Napster co-founder Sean Parker, Parker buys the table a few rounds of the drink. In real life, Zuckerberg never had an appletini until he attended the film's premiere. After seeing the film, Zuckerberg made the appletini Facebook's official drink.[2]
  • In the pilot episode for the Adult Swim show, Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil, Satan apologizes for calling Lucy after having four appletinis.
  • In an episode of the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Applejack (whose name refers to another alcoholic beverage as well) is shrunk from the effects of a "poison joke" plant. Spike, in a pun on the word "tiny", refers to her as "Appletini".
  • The appletini is the preferred drink of Ring of Honor star "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels. He always enjoys the drink during his backstage promos and before matches.
  • In the 2007 Disney fairy tale movie Enchanted Nathaniel disguised as a waiter offers Giselle an appletini made with poisoned apples in yet another attempt to poison her by Queen Narissa's order.
  • In an episode of Community, after Jeff and Annie's fight, Jeff offers to Annie something to drink, Annie asks for an appletini; but Jeff refuses to order it; Annie convinces him.
  • The favorite drink of late night host Conan O'Brien.[citation needed]
  • In the movie The Break Up Jennifer Aniston's character's favorite drink is an appletini

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