Caramel Apple Martini with Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka

Looking for the perfect fall cocktail? Try a Salted Caramel Appletini! This homemade caramel apple martini, made with homemade salted caramel infused vodka, is a sweet dessert drink to serve for any occasion. Makes enough salted caramel vodka for 4 drinks.

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Salted Caramel Appletini in glass on napkin

When I think about the fall, apples immediately come to mind.

My husband and I got married in late October.

After we tied the knot, we took a short honeymoon to the mountains in East Tennessee. While there, we discovered a tiny orchard that offered the best cider I’ve ever had the opportunity to drink… and we stocked up.

That long weekend, we spent the twilight hours on our cabin porch, sipping cider spiked with whiskey.

It was perfect on so many levels, and whenever I drink cider or whiskey, I think back to that week.

Why I love this recipe:

This Salted Caramel Apple Martini is a little different than a lot you’ll find to make at home or in a bar because it doesn’t call for apple schnapps, another apple liqueur, Sour Apple Pucker, apple brandy or even apple juice.

This appletini recipe is made with simple ingredients that you might already have at home—salted caramels, vodka, apple cider and caramel sauce. That’s it.

Now, I need to tell you that I’m a little bit obsessed with infused alcohol, as evidenced by my Candy Cane Vodka and Toasted Pecan Whiskey… but if you’re not into this, you can purchase Salted Caramel Vodka at your liquor store.

I chose to infuse my own vodka for this cocktail because when I have purchased bottles of flavored vodkas, they’ve sat on shelves for months or years.

I love this recipe because the infused caramel vodka makes enough for four cocktails. That’s it.

The end result of this appletini is a delight. It’s got wonderful apple flavor without it being overwhelming or cloying. It’s not super tart, as you’d experience in a Sour Apple Martini.

After all: It’s a Caramel Apple Martini. And what’s not to love about this combination of two fantastic seasonal flavors?

Other drinks to try this season: Gin Apple Pie Cocktail | Pumpkin Spice Mule | Spiked Caramel Apple Cider | Apple Cider Margaritas | Pumpkin Whiskey Smash | Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Need more ideas for drinks? Check out my Cocktail Recipe Index for more ideas.

Salted Caramel Appletini in glass on napkin

What you need to make this recipe:

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Let’s talk ingredients!

In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Salted caramels—all you need are a handful of these beauties to infuse your vodka for the most delicious appletini ever!
  • Vodka—use a brand that you enjoy drinking. Tito’s * (affiliate link) is a favorite in our house, but whatever you have on hand should work!
  • Apple cider—purchase your favorite brand for this! It should be nice and sweet.
  • Salted caramel vodka—this is the base for our drink, and it’s integral to transforming this from a classic Appletini to a Salted Caramel Appletini. If you don’t want to take the time to infuse your own vodka, purchase Salted Caramel Flavored Vodka * (affiliate link) from your local liquor store.
  • Caramel sauce—like the kind you would use on ice cream! We’re going to use this as a drizzle and for the rims of our glasses for a little extra flavor. Feel free to make your own caramel sauce if you’re feeling adventurous, but store-bought is totally fine, too.
Glass of Salted Caramel Appletini on napkin

How to make an Apple Martini with Salted Caramel Vodka

Make the Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka

Before we get started, this vodka infusion could take up to 24 hours. If you don’t have time for this or aren’t interested in doing this, purchase Salted Caramel Flavored Vodka * (affiliate link) from your liquor store and skip on down to the steps to make the apple martini recipe itself.

Pour the vodka into a pint-sized mason jar. Add the salted caramels, too.

Screw on the lid and shake vigorously.

Let the vodka infuse overnight. This could take up to 24 hours, depending on how large the caramels are.

As the salted caramel vodka infuses, shake occasionally until the caramels are completely dissolved into the vodka.

There will be a film on top of the vodka, so shake it vigorously before using.

Make the Salted Caramel Appletini recipe

Once your vodka is infused, add ice to a cocktail shaker.

If desired, dip the rim of your martini glasses into caramel sauce. It will be sticky.

Measure the apple cider and salted caramel vodka into the cocktail shaker. Drizzle in the caramel sauce, too, for some extra caramel flavor.

Shake vigorously for up to 40 seconds.

Pour into the prepared martini glass. You may garnish with apple slices, too.

Enjoy immediately!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Appletini a girl drink?

I don’t think any drink should be considered a girl drink because everyone’s tastebuds are different. This appletini recipe tends to go toward sweetness, so be aware of that if you make it at home.

What does Appletini taste like?

This recipe is beautifully balanced between the acidic sweetness of apple cider, as well as the bite of vodka paired with the creaminess of salted caramel.

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Salted Caramel Appletini in glass on napkin
Yield: 1 cocktail

Salted Caramel Appletini with Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka

Prep Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day

Looking for the perfect fall cocktail? Try a Salted Caramel Appletini! This homemade caramel apple martini, made with homemade salted caramel infused vodka, is a sweet dessert drink to serve for any occasion. Makes enough salted caramel vodka for 4 drinks.

Ingredients

Salted Caramel Vodka (Makes enough for 4 cocktails)

  • 1.1 oz. salted caramels (about 4-1½” homemade caramels)
  • 8 oz. vodka

Salted Caramel Appletini

  • 2 ½ oz. apple cider
  • 2 oz. Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka
  • ¼ oz. caramel sauce

Instructions

Make the Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka

  1. Pour the vodka into a pint-sized mason jar.
  2. Drop the salted caramels into the vodka.
  3. Screw on the lid, shake, then let sit overnight. (This could take up to 24 hours, depending on how large the caramels are.)
  4. Shake occasionally until the caramels are completely dissolved into the vodka. (There will be a film on top, so before you use this vodka, please shake well.)

Make the Salted Caramel Appletini

  1. Fill a stainless steel bar shaker with ice.
  2. Measure the apple cider and Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka into the shaker. Drizzle the caramel sauce in.
  3. Mix vigorously, then pour into a martini glass rimmed with the caramel sauce.
  4. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

Please note that the total time of this cocktail is 24+ hours, but that's for the infused vodka. It takes 5 minutes or less to shake up one of these Appletinis.

Also, this infused vodka can make up to 4 cocktails. The recipe can be doubled or tripled, but it might take more time for the caramel to dissolve.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1 drink

Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 1g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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4 Comments

  1. I love that you made your own caramel vodka. I used store bought. It was good but I’m certain yours was better.

  2. That is a GREAT video! I am definitely going to make this – maybe even for this weekend! I love everything about the recipe!

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