Martinis of any flavor should be enjoyed all year round just like these caramel apple martinis!
Fall, winter, and any kind of cold weather to me, means bourbon. I’m usually known to enjoy a bourbon or two with a beer chaser on cold nights with friends, but also I’m known for mixing up the cocktails.
Yes, I will gladly serve up a shot or two of good bourbon or whiskey straight up with nothing else. But sometimes a night calls for a cocktail and that’s where this martini comes into play.
My wife Christie isn’t so fond of a straight up glass of bourbon. Or whiskey. It’s just not for her, even though she keeps wanting it to be. Her whole family is made up of scotch drinkers, bourbon drinkers and whiskey drinkers. Right on up to her 95-year-old grandmother that has passed away… maybe she was on to something.
But somehow my wife didn’t get that gene. She makes very strange faces whenever I hand her a glass of something straight up… some faces worse than others, but there’s always a face.
So for her and her friends who might not like the straight up stuff, I whip up some martinis. Leave it to a cocktail shaker and a few different ingredients to make a cocktail seem appealing, no matter how strong it may be. Add a nice rim or a swirl of caramel and you’re going to have a winner.
This martini will appeal to everyone, your bourbon drinkers, your martini drinkers, and your friends who think they “just drink wine”. You know those friends… just hand them one of these anyway. And don’t take no for an answer – I never do!
Whip a few of these up for your holiday party, or the Tuesday before Christmas. Either way, they’ll be appreciated, I’m sure.
- 2 ounces hard cider, like angry orchard
- 2 ounces caramel vodka
- 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
- caramel squares, for garnish
- Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker (except the caramels) and shake well. Strain into a martini glass.
Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker