The Country Caramel Apple Martini

The Country Caramel Apple Martini

The Taste of Autumn in a Glass

New England in the fall immediately brings to mind Mother Nature’s riotous masterpiece of orange, red and copper hued foliage, warm apple cider, pumpkin picking and country fairs with their rows of food stands.  These annual diet-killers dole out insanely unhealthy but incredibly delicious wares in exchange for a few bucks from your wallet.  I’m usually pretty good when it comes to eating my way through the day; Dave and I share everything so I’m only getting half the gut busting calories.  But there’s one thing I won’t share; a lushly smooth and creamy Caramel Apple.  Given my penchant for martinis, I’ve used my annual indulgence as the inspiration for our Country Caramel Apple Martini.  The secret to its smoothness is cinnamon infused simple syrup.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

Country Caramel Apple Martini

Ingredients

2 parts Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka

1.5 parts DeKuyper Buttershots

.5 part Cinnamon infused simple syrup (recipe below)

Splash of Cranberry Juice

 

Garnish

Caramel sauce

Crushed peanuts

Cinnamon stick

Apple wedge

 

Cinnamon Infused Simple Syrup

Cinnamon Infused Simple Syrup

Cinnamon infused Simple Syrup

1/2 c sugar

2/3 c water

12 small cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan.  Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer 7-8 minutes to reduce a bit; cool.  Remove cinnamon sticks and store syrup in an air-tight container in refrigerator.

 

Country Caramel Apple Martini ingredients

Country Caramel Apple Martini ingredients

 

To Make

Prep a martini glass by rimming it with caramel sauce then crushed peanuts.  Place prepared glass in freezer.  Chill for 15 minutes.

Caramel & Peanut Rimmed Glass

Caramel & Peanut Rimmed Glass

 

Fill a shaker with ice.  Combine Vodka, Buttershots, simple syrup and cranberry in the shaker and shake vigorously.  Drizzle caramel sauce inside prepared cocktail glass then pour mixture into glass.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple wedge.

Enjoy!

 

The Country Caramel Apple Martini

The Country Caramel Apple Martini

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