The appletini – delighting sorority girls and city dwellers alike! The appletini was a spin-off of the classic martini, created in the 1990’s, and not only did it rise to fame in a short period of time, but it became a quick favorite of notable celebrities. In fact, some sources say that this drink turns twenty in 2017, but I want to know what makes this drink so popular?
Food That Pairs Well With An Appletini
Originally called the “Adam’s Apple Martini,” classic appletinis are green in color but there are recipes for red colored appletinis as well. The good thing about an appletini is that pairing it with food isn’t that difficult. Almost anything fruit-based or light, such as arugula or caprese salads, salsas and even fruit-based desserts can make this drink go a long way.
As for main courses, spring-time sandwiches with lots of greens on them, vegetable-based soups and even some pasta dishes and sushi (though I prefer sake or a sake martini with my sushi) all go well with this popular drink. The beautiful thing about this cocktail is that you can make it as sour or sweet as you like depending on the food you are serving with it.
For example, if you are going for a more sour appletini, complimenting it with something sweet, like chocolate covered pears, usually wins the crowd over. If you are going for a sweeter beverage, you can contrast the flavors by pairing it with a baby spinach and pear salad with a gorgonzola dressing.
As stated before, this drink is a real crowd pleaser; so unless you’ve got something against apple schnappes or apple cider, this is a drink that many people don’t have to train themselves into.
Needless to say, when something or someone becomes popular, there are just as many people pushing against it: either because they genuinely don’t like it or because they want to be an anti-conformist. While I have no qualms with this beverage, it honestly isn’t on my list of top ten when I wander into my usual tavern, but I am not against it either.
If something is an acquired taste, this usually means that not everyone will like it and that it may take some getting used to. While not everyone likes the sweet & sometimes sour taste of an appletini, most people can drink it without difficulty.
That being said, depending on who your bartender is, this drink can also sneak up on you pretty fast. It can be (not always) difficult to taste the alcohol in this drink, and because it is easy to go down the hatch, many people might throw three or four of them back before they realize that they have made a terrible mistake. If it is a sweet appletini, and you aren’t paying attention to the number of drinks you’ve had, you may wake up with a massive headache tomorrow.
The History of the Appletini
This concoction is relatively new in the bar scene: while some sources quote the drink having started in 1997, others say 1994. Regardless, it started in a bar called Lola’s in West Hollywood and was originally called the “Adam’s apple martini.” But humans have a knack for shortening names and though there are many variations of his drink, “Appletini” is the name that stuck.
The 1990’s spurred an onslaught of new martini-creations such as the chocolate-tini, the peach-tini and other fun and flavorful drinks. While the appletini can be made with apple cider, 7-up, apple schnappes, sweet and sour or a variety of other fillers, the recipe we frequent is listed above!
Luckily for us, most restaurants and pubs in Springfield, Missouri can easily make this for you and your drinking buddies. Wishing you happy and safe bar time adventures!
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