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.

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    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 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 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 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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    Now are you ready to learn how to mix this drink?

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    Salted Caramel Appletini in glass on napkin

    Salted Caramel Appletini with Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    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.
    4.65 from 14 votes
    Servings 1 cocktail
    Calories 237 kcal
    Prep Time 1 day
    Total Time 1 day

    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 recipe above
    • ¼ oz. caramel sauce

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    Instructions
     

    Make the Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka

    • Pour the vodka into a pint-sized mason jar.
    • Drop the salted caramels into the vodka.
    • Screw on the lid, shake, then let sit overnight. (This could take up to 24 hours, depending on how large the caramels are.)
    • 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

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

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    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.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1drinkCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 1gSodium: 168mgSugar: 35g
    Keyword apple drink, cocktail, drink, fall drink, sweet drink, vodka, vodka drink
    Course Drinks & Cocktails
    Cuisine American
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    5 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!

    3. 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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