Fall is here, the weather is getting cooler, and you just went apple picking. So now what are you going to do with 20 pounds of apples? Well, as my parents always said while growing up, Let’s turn it into alcohol!
Here’s a caramel apple martini recipe that will keep you warm and make you happy. Here’s what you need to start:
1 slice of lemon
Half a cup of brown sugar
2oz of Gin
Caramel Simple Syrup
Heat up a saucepan with the half of cup of brown sugar. You’ll want to warm the sugar up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, and honestly…why would you, the sugar will be melted and foaming. Before the foaming happens, stir like it’s your only job because it keeps the sugar from burning and going from a caramel flavor to a burnt taste.
After 3-4 minutes of stirring, the sugar will turn into a dark chocolate-y color. Start adding water slowly, just a couple of table spoons at a time. After you add about a half cup of water, you’ll want to turn off the heat, and move the sugar to a temporary holding unit, a.k.a. a cup.
Instead of buying apple juice, use a juicer and juice these apples. If you don’t have a juicer, you can try blending the cored apples and draining them through a sieve. If you don’t have a sieve, then I’m sorry, I am out of suggestions. Two apples will give you about one cup of apple juice. Taste your apple juice and note the acidity.
This part is really simple, but I will still walk you through it. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly on a large plate. Run a napkin in cold water and place it on another plate. Take your martini glass and press it firmly against the napkin. Then, place the cup on the plate of cinnamon. Now you have a glass rimmed with cinnamon.
You’ve done the prep work, and now you can mix all your ingredients together. I used very tart apples, so I used half an ounce of the caramel simple syrup. If your apples are sweeter, use less syrup. Next, add in 2 ounces of apple juice and 2 ounces of Gin. Squeeze the lemon into the shaker for a little citrus flavor. Shake vigorously with ice, sift your beverage into your glass, and you’re done!