A delightful holiday cocktail, the Cinnamon Apple Cider Martini features a delicious cinnamon apple cider simple syrup that is so versatile that you’re going to want to use it with food, desserts, and tea as well!
Cinnamon Apple Cider Martini
Hi everybody, it’s Steph again from So, I’ve been thinking… and I’m back with a delicious holiday cocktail for you apple cider lovers. My Cinnamon Apple Cider Martini is a perfect blend of seasonal flavors and simplicity. I’m going to teach you how to make a cinnamon apple cider simple syrup that you can use over and over again – this syrup is versatile, you can use it in cocktails, with food, on desserts, in tea…trust me it’s worth the 5 minutes you will spend to make it.
If you’ve been in any restaurant over the last 10 years, you’ve seen the transition from the basic vodka or gin martini to something much different. The cocktails on “martini lists” are very often more of a mixed drink served in a martini glass. By that I mean lots of mixers and less vodka and gin.
I’m not saying it’s wrong, I love a good mixed drink, but when I look for a martini I’m looking for simple, vodka or gin as the base, and minimal mixers. You want to taste the alcohol (so use a quality one) and have the flavor enhanced by what you add to it. You don’t want to completely cover up the flavor of your vodka or gin.
With that in mind, I wanted to create a vodka martini incorporating fall flavors that wasn’t pumpkin. I’d just bought some apple cider and figured I’d play around. I ended up with the syrup I used in this martini, in a manhattan, in a hot toddy, on French toast and on ice cream. I’m also going to try it on roasted butternut squash and drizzled over sweet potatoes.
Ready for your holiday cocktail recipe?
- 4 oz vodka
- 1 oz cinnamon apple cider simple syrup
- lemon (optional)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup apple cider
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- lemon zest (optional)
- pinch cayenne (optional)
- pinch salt (optional)
- Put sugar, cinnamon and apple cider in a saucepot
- Bring to a boil
- Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool
- Once your syrup has cooled (it can be used in the cocktial while warm-ish but not hot):
- Chill your martini glass, fill with ice and water and let sit while you mix the martini
- In a shaker filled with ice, add vodka and syrup
- Shake well
- When you think you are done shaking, shake for another 30 seconds
- You want this drink cold and with little ice chips if you can get them
- Pour into your empty, chilled martini glass and serve with a wedge of lemon
- Garnish ideas: lemon wedge, lemon peel, curly apple peel
- Mix the above ingredients and pour onto a plate so there is a thin layer of the sugar mixture covering the plate (not a mound)
- Wipe the rim of your glass with a lemon wedge (be messy so more of the sugar mixture will stick to it) and place the glass into the sugar mixture to coat the rim
- **If you are going rim the martini glass with the sugar mixture, do not chill the glass first, the water from the glass will ruin it.
Enjoy! If you liked this recipe, please stop by my place for another delicious cocktail recipe, the Cinnamon Apple Cider Manhattan!
For more cocktail recipes you may enjoy, check out my cocktail Pinterest board!