You remember the neon-colored, artificially flavored Appletini, right? This re-imagined version turns to a classic for inspiration: the Vesper, à la James Bond. Gin infused with fresh, tart apple and sweet cider is shaken with bison grass vodka and Lillet Blanc for a drink that’s herbal, subtly apple-tinged, and completely delicious.
The Appletini has become synonymous with everything that is wrong with cocktails during the 80’s and 90’s.
This re-imagined version turns to a classic for inspiration: the Vesper Martini, à la James Bond.
For the Apple-Infused Gin
- 1 red apple, cored and sliced
- 10 ounces gin, Bluecoat preferred
- ½ ounce unfiltered apple cider
For the Cocktail
- 2 ounces Zu Bison Grass Vodka
- 1 ounce Apple-Infused Gin
- 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
- Garnish: Lemon twist
- For the Apple Infused Gin
Place apple pieces inside resealable jar, cover with gin, seal and infuse at room temperature for 36 to 48 hours. Liquid will turn golden and look a bit like apple juice. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer set in a sealable glass jar. Discard solids. Add apple cider and seal. Infused gin keeps in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
- To Make the Cocktail
Pour Bison Grass Vodka, Apple Infused Gin, and Lillet Blanc in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.