how to make a rumpletini…an appletini variation with light rum

The Rumpletini is a variation of the much more popular cocktail martini named Appletini or the Apple Martini. The main difference is in the base spirit that is used in this recipe. The appletini martini uses Vodka as the base. The Rumpletini, as the name suggests uses Rum instead of the Vodka as the base spirit.

Just like the Appletini, you could use either the Apple Schnapps or the Calvados for the apple flavor and Cointreau is the other ingredient. An apple slice is used as the garnish. The drink tastes pretty similar to the original Appletini. If you use a low quality white rum, Rumpletini can taste a little boozy or alcoholic.


  • 3 shots of Light or White Rum
  • 1 shot of Apple Schnapps or Calvados
  • 1 shot of Cointreau
  • An apple slice to garnish


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 3 shots of the Light Rum into the shaker
  3. Add a shot of the Calvados or Apple Schnapps
  4. Add a shot of the Cointreau into the shaker
  5. Shake well to mix the ingredients
  6. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass
  7. Garnish the drinks with an apple slice
Rumpletini - a variation of appletini

Variations and Similar Drinks

Appletini or Apple Martini: Substitute Rum with Vodka for the traditional Appletini.
Classic Apple Martini: Substitute Rum with Vodka and the Cointreau with Dry Vermouth for this drink. For another variation keep Rum as the base spirit, while using Dry Vermouth.
Sour Apple Martini: It is a variation of the Appletini. It uses Vodka as the base spirit and uses a splash lime instead of the Cointreau.


  • You can use any good quality Light Rum, as long as it is not flavored. Light Rum is also called White Rum or Silver Rum in many places.
  • If the drink taste too “boozy” or alcoholic, use a better quality Rum. You can also back off on the proportion of the Rum.
  • Just as with the apple martini variations, use Apple Schnapps for a greener hue. The Calvados gives a better taste and flavor, in my opinion.
  • The drink is also sometimes called Rum Apple Martini instead of Rumpletini.