how to make a sour apple martini..a classic apple martini variation

The Sour Apple Martini is a variation of the Classic Apple Martini and the traditional Apple Martini or the Appletini. This recipe uses lime juice in lieu of the Cointreau in the Appletini. All the ingredients of the drink remain the same as the Appletini except for the lime juice.

The lime juice adds the sour flavor to the drink along with the taste of apple. Obviously the name of the drink comes from this added sourness to its flavor. The sugar syrup is another ingredient in the recipe which is meant to dilute the sourness of the drink. You can vary the proportion of the syrup in order to adjust the sweetness (or sourness) of the drink.

Again, you can use either the Calvados or Apple Schnapps in the drink. In my opinion, the Calvados gives it a much nicer flavour or taste. Using the Apple Schnapps will give the drink a much greener hue that is usually associated with apple drinks.

Another variation is to substitute the lime juice with lemon juice. Usually, pure lime juice is much more tart and sour than lemon juice. It is possible that you might prefer the lemon juice instead. The sugar syrup which is an optional ingredient is meant to cut into the sourness of the lime juice.


  • 3 shots of Vodka
  • 1 shot of Apple Schnapps or Calvados
  • 1 shot of Lime Juice
  • 1/2 shot of sugar syrup (optional)
  • Green Apple slice for Garnish


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini/cocktail shaker
  2. Add 3 shots of Vodka into the shaker
  3. Add a shot of Calvados or Apple Schnapps into the shaker
  4. Add a shot of Lime Juice into the shaker
  5. Shake well to mix the ingredients
  6. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass
  7. Garnish with a Apple slice or twist
A Sour Apple Martini with Calvados

Variations and Similar Drinks

Appletini or Apple Martini: Substitute the lime juice in the recipe with half a shot of Cointreau.
Classic Apple Martini: Use 1/2 shot of dry vermouth instead of the lime juice.
Pine-Apple Martini: Substitute the lime juice with a shot of the pineapple juice.


  • You can try with lemon juice instead of the lime juice. It can also reduce the tartness or sourness. The Sour Apple Martini is meant to be sour, as the name suggests anyway.
  • Instead of the apple slice, try an apple peel or twist as the garnish.
  • Using Apple Schnapps will give you the green(er) color, as opposed to the Calvados. I prefer the Calvados for the taste.