Green Apple Ginger Martini Recipe

A fall inspired cocktail with the crisp and juicy flavors of green apples and the spiciness of fresh ginger.

sour apple martini

James Bond would probably cringe at the thought of fruit in his signature cocktail but I admit I like the idea.

No other fictional character has probably ever created as many martini drinkers in the world or sparked as much debate over what constitutes a “real” martini.

Purists will tell you that it isn’t a martini unless you’re using gin and vermouth, and whatever you do, to not shake it but rather to stir it so as not to “bruise” the gin.  On the other end of the spectrum vodka martini fans want theirs bone-dry with just a “mist” of vermouth at most and always shaken and served ice-cold.  And then there are all the unconventional fruit-based martinis that have been winning over bar-goers for the past two decades.

granny smith apples

While there may be little about these trendy concoctions that resemble a traditional martini they are fun and tasty and clearly here to stay and I’m okay with that.  I think the classics and the newcomers can co-exist peacefully, don’t you?

Maybe it’s the appeal of drinking out of the long-stemmed glass or the showy way some are prepared but there’s just something fun and festive about ordering a martini of any kind.  My only quibble is the plethora of artificially flavored alcohols masquerading as natural fruit flavors in cocktails.  I’d like some actual fruit in my fruity drink please!

apple martini cocktail

So with that in mind I set out to give the ever popular apple martini a bit of a makeover.  Out went the neon green and in came tart green apple juice and a bit of lime for freshness and acidity.  To the mix I added a quick homemade ginger infused vodka for a clean, crisp flavor with a bit of heat to it.  The result was a seasonal cocktail with spiciness, bright acidity and the subtle sweetness of real fresh fruit; light and refreshing and entirely sippable as we head into the fall and winter seasons.

What’s your favorite cocktail?
PS: Stay tuned for a Q&A and book giveaway with a savory twist on cocktails with author Greg Henry coming up soon!

Serves Serves 2

Green Apple Ginger Martini | A Real Food Seasonal Apple Cocktail

A seasonal cocktail with spiciness, bright acidity and the subtle sweetness of real fresh fruit; light and refreshing and entirely sippable as we head into the fall and winter seasons.

2 hrPrep Time

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    For Two Green Apple Ginger Martini Cocktails:
  • 4 oz/120ml ginger infused vodka (recipe below)
  • 4 oz/120ml fresh green apple lime juice (recipe below)
  • 1 Tablespoon/15ml maple or honey simple syrup (made by mixing equal parts of maple syrup or honey with filtered water until fully dissolved)
  • Crushed ice
  • For the Ginger Infused Vodka:
  • 1/2 cup/4oz//120ml quality vodka
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • For the Green Apple and Lime Juice:
  • 1 large tart green apple, cored and cut into slices (ex. granny smith)
  • ¼ cup/60ml filtered water
  • The juice of 1 large or 2 small limes
  • Apple slices for garnish (optional)


    Make the Ginger Infused Vodka:
  1. Place the vodka in a re-sealable jar along with the grated ginger and seal. Shake gently and set aside for two or more hours until infused. (The longer you let the vodka sit with the ginger the stronger the flavor will be.) Strain pressing on solids to extract all the liquid and set aside.
  2. Place cocktail glasses in the freezer to chill.
  3. Make the Green Apple and Lime Juice:
  4. Add the apple slices to a high speed blender along with the water and lime juice and blend on high until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer pressing on the pulp to get all of the juice and set aside. (If you have a juicer run the apple through and then add the freshly squeezed lime juice to it and omit the water.)
  5. Make the Green Apple Ginger Martini:
  6. Add the apple and lime juice, the vodka and the maple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice and shake vigorously until the shaker turns frosty.
  7. Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish with the reserved apple slices if desired.


*I prefer to use a non-grain based vodka like Ciroc (made from grapes) or Chopin Black Label (made from potatoes).


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  1. says

    I’ve never met a martini I didn’t like and this one has made it to #1 on my list to try. I’m a sucker for anything ginger. And the tartness of that green apple. Love it!

    Favorite drink? A vesper or a margarita or a Manhattan… pretty much everything.

  2. says

    Stunningly gorgeous, Sylvie! I adore green apple anything as well as inventing new cocktail concoctions. Love that you went with ginger…another favorite to add to cocktails. Favorite cocktail? Hands down, the Margarita. Greg Henry? Look forward to your next post! Great minds think alike…Greg’s Ginger and Black Pepper Margarita, made with agave, featured at Brian’s blog in September, is eerily similar to my Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita made with agave and black peppercorns featured last May and August. I had commented to Ken about it in May when he featured his Ginger Pineapple Margarita at The Boys Club blog. Thanks for sharing. Will pin during peak time at Pinterest!

  3. says

    Purist Schmurists…those folks just like to cause trouble! I have no problem calling a cocktail in a MARTINI glass a martini even if it has not one ounce of gin or vermouth but I’m with you on the ingredients. Pure, fresh…nothing artificial. Perfect. Like this one!

    I had an amazing Manhattan this past weekend. The bourbon was first infused with bacon. The ice was a huge round ball. The garnish was an orange twist. Boy was that sucker good!

  4. says

    Hi Sylvie

    long time no see :). I am interested in your recipe, if I skip the vodka ,does it still have a good taste ? , or could you suggest me another ingredient for it?

    • says

      Hi Asri, it’s good to hear from you! I would skip the vodka and instead infuse the same amount of honey simple syrup with the grated ginger for a couple hours as a substitute for a non-alcoholic version. Hope all is well with you. xo

  5. says

    Dare I say it? I don’t really like traditional martinis :o) Love ths flavours in yours though – I think the traditional recipe is missing some fruit! My favoruite cocktail is a negroni or a whisky sour 🙂

  6. says

    I always love your photos of drinks. This one is also spot on. I make a ginger green apple cocktail with some mint, so the flavours are definitely my favourites.

  7. says

    Gorgeous, Sylvie! I love the idea of a ginger-infused vodka. I tried making apple-infused vodka recently and it was a disappointment. Good call in adding fresh apple juice! This cocktail sounds so lovely.