Friday, October 2, 2015

Appletini and Hot Apple Pie Vodka Drink Recipes - Margaret Ullrich

On Sunday, October 4 it will be Vodka Day.
What wine is to folks in the Mediterranean area, vodka is to middle and northern Europe.
And to the North End of Winnipeg.
Yes, we’ve learned to enjoy it, too.

A few weeks ago I posted the recipe for a Pumpkin Smoothie.
Smoothies do not have vodka in them.
Today I am posting a recipe for two drinks, Appletini and Hot Apple Pie.
Yes they have vodka in them!

Vodka  is also used in the vodka martini, Cosmopolitan, vodka highball, Screwdriver, Greyhound, Black or White Russian, and 

There is also a cocktail called the Rose Kennedy, named after the matriarch of the Kennedy Family of Cape Cod and the mother of President John F. Kennedy.
It is a cocktail popular in the Northeastern United States, and consists of vodka and club soda with a splash of cranberry juice for colour and and a bit of sweeting.
It is garnished with a lemon or lime wedge.

The Appletini has had its moments on television.
In The King of Queens (aired 2010), Carrie becomes sweet after drinking Appletinis, a state Doug calls "sober plus".
Along with a rum and diet coke, it is also the favourite drink of Alan Harper from Two and a Half Men.


You could use a flavoured vodka, such as citrus, pear or caramel-flavoured.
A sweet and sour mix can also be added before shaking.
Vermouth may be included, as in a regular martini.
The appletini can also be made with martini bianco in a long drink glass and filled with apple juice.
A variation of the appletini is the Rumpletini, with a light rum in place of the vodka.

Want to eat your vodka?
Try Carmela Soprano's Penne alla Vodka / Penne in Cream Sauce


Dip a green apple slice in lemon juice to preserve its colour.

Pour into a shaker filled with ice cubes
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 ounce green apple schnapps or Calvados
1/4 ounce lemon juice or Cointreau (optional)
Shake very well.
Strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with 
an apple slice and/or a maraschino cherry

Back to that pumpkin smoothie…
This drink will give you the taste of a hot apple pie.
This is for you, not the kiddies.  Seriously.
Along with the kick, it does have calories.
Well, nothing’s perfect.


You can also prepare this as you did the Appletini, by combining all of the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice cubes and served in a chilled glass. 

                        Hot Apple Pie

2 ounces apple cider

Pour into a shaker 
1 1/2 ounces vanilla liqueur
1 ounce vodka
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Squeeze of lime juice
Shake very well.
Strain into a mug.
Add the warmed apple cider.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick (optional).

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