Before jumping into the realm of Halloween cocktails (yup, Cocktail Culture’s got ’em for you, stay tuned!), I wanted to pay homage to October for being more than just a love-fest with pumpkin. Oh, no! October is actually National Apple Month and deservedly so; Connecticut, as I’ve come to realize, is abundant with apple picking festivals throughout the month (CTbites.com is a great resource for all of your CT festival and event needs).
On a brisk autumn October afternoon, the 5:00 happy hour ‘itch’ hit the office staff a little earlier than normal. I grabbed a hold of the Hiram Walker Sour Apple Schnapps I purchased for an event back in September and decided to give the apple and spearmint combo a test spin in the Icy Apple Martini. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 part ABSOLUT Vodka
- 1/2 part Hiram Walker Sour Apple Schnapps
- 1/2 part Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps
Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of apple.
Although we didn’t have the appropriate apple garnish on hand, this recipe ended up being quite the afternoon delight. The nose permeates of apples, the booze goes down smoothly (two coworkers failed to even recognize the taste of vodka in the cocktail!), and the finish leaves your mouth with the cool, tingly sensation of spearmint.
I must say, the Icy Apple Martini has quite the complex flavor profile for being such a Simple-tini! Give this recipe a try or share some of your other favorite fall recipes in the comments section!