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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.
  • 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.[1]
  • In episode 3 of the cyberpunk series Mr. Robot Elliot and the titular character have an appletini on a bar.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Henig, Samantha (2010-10-01). "New Yorker Festival: Facts, Fiction, Facebook, and Appletinis". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 

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