Salted Caramel Apple Martini

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Cocktail History

The Salted Caramel Apple Martini is an original Sips From Scripts fall cocktail that we created as a variation of the Candied Apple Moped from Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail by Emma Stokes. Her version takes the familiar template of a Vesper Martini and turns it autumnal with a flavored vodka and Calvados. When creating our variation, we opted for a salted caramel syrup in place of the flavored vodka for an even better taste.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. Conniption American Dry Gin because it features crisp and clean botanicals while still managing to be complex and has notes of cucumber, citrus, and honeysuckle.

Apple Brandy: This is one of the base spirits. It adds a hint of brandy spice and fruitiness. We used Calvados because it’s one of the highest quality apple brandies on the market and features notes of not only apple but also pear, apricot, and baking spices.

Salted Caramel Syrup: This is a sweetener that adds salted caramel flavor. We made ours using Alex’s recipe.

Tasting Notes

The Salted Caramel Apple Martini features prominent caramel and faint juniper aromas, has an interesting taste that’s initially gin-forward before leading into the sweeter flavors of caramel and apple, and ends with the delicious lingering note of salted caramel that stays with you after the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: For being a seasonal drink, this deep but delightful cocktail has some real character (and strength) thanks to the gin, which manages to be very prominent but not overpowering. Kendall, who does not like gin martinis, actually took to this one before Alex did. He found the combination of gin with the other flavors to be surprising at first, but the longer we sipped, the more we agreed that this recipe is a pretty true take on its namesake. It’s also just as good for both those who love a dry martini and those who still need some sweeter flavors to get them through one.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“At first smell and sip I was not sold on this because I felt the juniper and pepper notes of the gin did not marry well with the sweeter notes of apple brandy and the salted caramel syrup. Kendall disagreed. She liked it right away, and after a few more sips, it did start to grow on me. My immediate thought was to use a vodka instead of gin, but after the drink had coated my palate after a few sips, I began to think that the telltale gin taste lended itself fairly well without overpowering the prominent caramel notes. I think overall, if the drinker is open to a nice dry gin, this cocktail is a pretty good seasonally flavored alternative to a classic dry martini.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“This is a very sophisticated fall cocktail. The gin is a bold choice, too. Most seasonal recipes are made with a rum or flavored vodka base, but in this dry martini format, it really works. Although a small amount is used, the salted caramel syrup is also an incredibly delicious and very present addition that gives this drink a hint of fall candy flavor. It wouldn’t be my first choice for myself, but I would serve this to guests who have a more developed palate.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 1 oz Apple Brandy
 ¼ oz Homemade Salted Caramel Syrup

Method
1

Add gin, apple brandy, salted caramel syrup, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 1 oz Apple Brandy
 ¼ oz Homemade Salted Caramel Syrup

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, apple brandy, salted caramel syrup, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Salted Caramel Apple Martini

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More Autumn Cocktails

If you like this autumn cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Apple Crush Cocktail Recipe

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Falling Leaves Cocktail Recipe

Falling Leaves: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and an orange slice

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni: A gin cocktail made with Campari, sweet vermouth, gingerbread syrup, and an orange peel

Spiced Pumpkin Punch Cocktail Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Punch: A gin cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin purée, honey syrup, lemon juice, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks

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