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vodka, sour apple liqueur and triple sec

Created at Lola’s Restaurant, West Hollywood, c. 1996-1997, by Adam Karston, following the introduction of DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker. The Appletini was a late-1990s popular phenomenon that galvanized (in opposition) the Cocktail Renaissance, and, along with the Cosmopolitan, fed a period of burgeoning drink menus in mainstream bars and restaurants where every drink was served in a Martini glass and suffixed by -tini.


Shake with ice:

  • 1 1/2 oz Ketel One vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
  • 1 splash sweet-and-sour mix

Strain into a cocktail glass

Garnish with slices of Granny Smith apple

Barware icons courtesy of Haus Alpenz