Looking for the perfect autumnal cocktail? Try a Salted Caramel Appletini, made with homemade Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka. First, you’ll make the Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka. The caramels dissolve into the vodka after about 24 hours. Once you’ve prepared the infused vodka, it’s time to make the Appletini! Measure the infused vodka, apple cider and caramel sauce into a cocktail shaker, then mix vigorously. Enjoy this cocktail on a cool fall evening!
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 on it.
That long weekend, we spent the twilight hours on our cabin porch, sipping cider spiked with whiskey.
It was perfect on so many levels.
A few weekends ago, I traveled to Atlanta to celebrate the marriage of an old friend. One of the goodies in their welcome bags were salted caramels from a local candy company.
I brought them home with the intention of using them in this recipe since apples pair beautifully with caramel.
When I was on the place home, I made the executive decision to use the caramels in the vodka… and make a Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka.
And since I knew I was gonna love this, I went ahead and made a little video. (Y’all! This is my first video in y-e-a-r-s, and I am stupid excited with how it turned out!)
Needless to say, this Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka is delightful. And it’s alllllllll kinds of perfect for an Appletini.
What’s not to love about this combination of two fantastic seasonal flavors?
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- Essential products: Mason jars. Cocktail shaker (like the Cresimo 24 oz. Cocktail Shaker & Jigger, Kate Spade New York Gold-Dot Cocktail Shaker or Cambridge Silversmith’s Copper-Etched 24. oz. Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker.)
- Get the look!: Angled Measuring Cup. Libbey 8 oz. Clear Cosmopolitan Cocktail/Martini Glasses.
Here’s how you can make it:
Salted Caramel Appletini with Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka for #appleweek
- 1.1 oz . salted caramels (about 4 1.5” homemade caramels)
- 1 cup (8 oz.) vodka
Salted Caramel Appletini
- 2 ½ oz . apple cider
- 2 oz . Salted Caramel-Infused Vodka
- ¼ oz . caramel sauce
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!
Recipe NotesPlease 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.
Now who’s ready for some APPLE WEEK goodness?
Check out all the fabulous recipes my friends are making for us this week:
Monday: Appetizers and Drinks
Apple Pie Martini by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline’s Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm
Wednesday: Sweet Treats
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket’s Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Nana’s Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table
Thursday: Apple Projects
Friday: Anything Apple Goes
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline’s Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy’s Cooking Adventures