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Appletini (aka Apple Martini)
Top view of an Apple Martini
TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up
Standard garnishApple slice; Cherry
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationMix 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.

This drink, originally called an Adam's Apple Martini because the bartender who created it was named Adam, was created in 1996 at Lola's West Hollywood restaurant.[1][2]


In its purest form, it would contain:

4 cl (1 ⅓ oz) top shelf vodka (or gin)
2 cl (⅔ oz) apple juice, cider or, most often, apple pucker

Typically, the ingredients are shaken or stirred and then strained into a cocktail glass.


A sweet and sour mix can also be added before shaking.

Optionally, vermouth may be included, as in a regular martini.

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

A similar cocktail can be made with Martini Bianco white vermouth and apple juice in a long drink glass filled with ice.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Some believe this drink, the "apple martini," could not have been invented in 1996 as claimed above because it is mentioned as the drink served to Jeff Bailey/Markham in Jacques Tourneur 1947 classic noir Out of the Past, however the belief is due to an error in a subtitle, where the line "have a Martini" was misprinted as "apple martini."
  • The appletini, which he invariably stipulates should be "easy on the tini," 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.
  • 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.[4]
  • In the US television series Impractical Jokers, one prank set in a bowling alley included Joe approaching a group of men and offering to buy them a round of Appletini.
  • In the US television series "Mr. Robot", Elliot meets with Mr. Robot at a bar and proceeds to order an Appletini.
  • Ted Mosby orders an Appletini upon informing Robin's boyfriend he is not gay.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marin, Rick (October 4, 2000). "The Greening Of the Martini". The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Harris, Jenn (August 15, 2013). "Lola's, famous for the apple martini, to close in September". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Martini Bianco and Apple Juice". Cocktails of the World. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Henig, Samantha (2010-10-01). "New Yorker Festival: Facts, Fiction, Facebook, and Appletinis". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2011-03-20.

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