This autumn-inspired martini is like taking a bite out of chewy caramel apple…Except…it won’t stick to your teeth!
The martini portion of my food blog is the one that causes me the most stress…Unlike the food preparations, which are a natural part of my day/evening, making a martini doesn’t always fit into my schedule for the day. (The reason is, that I am always ready to sample the food I prepare…morning, noon or night. Martinis…not so much.) In spite of my hesitation, the past few martini recipes have been prepared in the morning, when things are calm and quiet in the house and I can concentrate on my concoction. Today is no different. It is a Sunday morning and I am showered, dressed and ready for church…and I’m in the kitchen shaking up a martini…that I will taste…in my mouth….Did I mention it’s 10:30 a.m.? This is wrong on so many levels.
Anyway, I promised you Martini Monday, so here it is! I wanted my October martini to be reminiscant of the beginning of Fall and the things I associate with the (veeerrry) subtle change in weather. I immediately thought of carnivals and Halloween. What popped up in my head next, were the deliciously gooey and chewy caramel apples I love to eat…Caramel Apple Martini sounded like the perfect intro into Fall. I found a handful of recipes and most of them included butterscotch schnapps. When I found caramel liqueur on the shelf at the liquor store, I decided to change it up a bit and keep with the caramel theme of the drink. The finished product looks a little milky and wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be. (This was a pleasant surprise, since I am a traditional martini girl…Vodka… dirty, dry and cold enough to cause a brain-freeze! Not crazy about the really sweet drinks!) The sour apple schnapps reminds me of granny smith apples and is a nice offset to the sweetness of the caramel. This would make a perfect after-dinner drink.
CARAMEL APPLE MARTINI
- 1 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. caramel liqueur (I used Bailey’s Caramel)
- 1 oz. Sour Apple Pucker® schnapps
- Caramel sundae syrup (for decorating glass)
Drizzle caramel sundae syrup around the inside of a martini glass. Place glass in the freezer for at least ten minutes. Prepare martini by placing vodka, caramel liqueur and sour apple schnapps in a shaker with crushed ice. Shake for 30 seconds and strain into prepared glass.