The appletini is a popular, fun and approachable alternative to the martini. If vodka isn’t your thing, try gin or calvados as an alternative.
For the sugar syrup, put the caster sugar in a small non-stick saucepan over a medium heat and pour in the water. Stir and bring to the boil. CAUTION: boiling sugar is extremely hot. Handle very carefully. Use a deep pan to avoid bubbling over.
Once the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is clear, take the pan off the heat and leave to cool. Put a coupette or other glass of your choice into the freezer.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour 20ml/¾fl oz of the cooled sugar syrup into the shaker over the ice along with all the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds.
Strain the appletini into the chilled coupette using a hawthorne cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer. If you don’t have a strainer, any kitchen sieve will work just as well.
Scale up the sugar syrup ingredients with a ratio of 2:1 if you’d like to make more. It’s easier to make in larger batches and keeps for at least 2 weeks in the fridge.