Today, we’re making apple martinis. But not the ones you’re used to. I usually cringe at the thought of apple martinis as I think of the sour ones with Pucker. (Not throwing shade; I drank those years ago – in bulk – but my stomach can’t handle those anymore!) Today, we’re making a more sophisticated take on the apple martini… It isn’t sour, but rather… it’s infused with thyme, and it’s completely delicious.
- Vodka (I really love this apple vodka as it’s local – from Hudson Valley), but any vodka will do… it does not need to be apple infused.)
- Apple Juice
The first step is to make a thyme-infused simple syrup. Do not be afraid, it’s called simple for a reason and it is actually incredibly easy. Take 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup water, stir until sugar is dissolved, and then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium/low. Add five sprigs of fresh thyme, and let it cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into a jar, and let it cool.
I like to pop my martini glasses in the freezer for an hour or two to get them nice and frosty.
Then, in a martini shaker, combine the following… (serves two!)
- 4 oz. apple juice
- 4 oz. vodka
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup.
Shake or stir, allow to chill, strain out the ice and serve up in your chilled martini glasses.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and a slice of apple, and you’re all done!