Vodka Martinis With A Caramel Apple Twist
Officially kicking off the fall holiday season with these delicious Apple Cider Martinis with vodka. Organic spiced apple cider, sugar-free caramel syrup, smooth vodka, a dash of ground cinnamon, and crisp apples as a garnish are all you need to bring this perfect cocktail to life.
This is the perfect drink to enjoy on a fall evening cozied up in front of the fireplace while listening to rain fall outside. Throwing a fall party? These simple ingredients make it an easy recipe to throw together and the seasonal flavors are sure to be a hit with your guests. Let's just say, it's my favorite fall cocktail and I've made it several times this season already.
What Makes This Apple Cider Martini Low Carb?
For this particular recipe, I made sure to purchase apple cider that had no added sugars. Typically this will be an organic brand of cider. Just check the label to see what the total grams of carbs are and if there are any added sugars.
Thankfully vodka has zero grams of carbs, and neither does the caramel syrup that I used. Be sure to find the Torani sugar-free caramel syrup if you can. As someone who doesn't typically like sugar-free syrups, I found this one to be quite pleasant. It takes this martini from just your average apple cider to a delicious caramel apple cider. You could easily make them without the syrup, but I promise you this seasonal flavor combo is a winner.
If you're feeling extra fancy and want to add cinnamon sugar to the rim of your glass, I recommend using golden monk fruit instead of sugar. It still tastes just as sweet but has zero carbs.
Optional Additions or Substitutions For Your Martini
The great thing about cocktails is that you can always add things to change them up a bit depending on your mood. Here are some ideas for substitutions are additional ingredients you can add to your apple cider cocktails.
- Apple Juice: You really can't go wrong with fresh apple cider, but if you're in a bind and can't find any you could use apple juice instead. You could also use Martinelli's sparkling apple cider but be advised to not mix it in the cocktail shaker due to the carbonation! Instead, use a spoon and stir the ingredients together. Then you have a sparkling apple cider martini.
- Maple Syrup: I have yet to find a low-carb maple syrup that I truly love so I didn't include any in this recipe. If you don't have to worry about your carbs this would be great to use on the rim of your glass or as a substitution for the caramel syrup.
- Light Brown Sugar: Golden Monkfruit is what I used for the rim but if you really want to make it with sugar on the rim, brown sugar would look beautiful. Don't forget to mix it with some cinnamon.
- Butterscotch Schnapps: Want to up the alcohol content? Use this instead of the caramel syrup. You could also use it instead of vodka. The choice is yours!
- Caramel Sauce: If you're looking for a creamier addition to your martini, you can use caramel sauce instead of syrup. This would also make a great addition to the rim of your martini glass.
What Kind Of Vodka Should You Use
When making a classic vodka martini, it's always a good idea to pick a really smooth vodka. Because most martini glasses don't hold too much liquid you don't want an overpowering vodka to ruin your vibe.
Some of my favorites include:
- Tito's Handmade Vodka
- Grey Goose
- Crystal Head
- Cocktail Shaker
- Martini Glasses
- Small Shallow Dish
- Cutting Board
- Small Paring Knife
- Cocktail Picks
Apple Cider Martini With Vodka (Low Carb)
- 6 oz Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider (No Sugar Added)
- 4 oz Vodka
- ½ oz Sugar-Free Caramel Syrup
- dash of Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon Golden Monkfruit
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 6 Thin Apple Slices
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks (Optional)
- To make the cinnamon sugar rim for your cocktails you will want to use two small shallow dishes or plates. One dish will be used to create the moistened rim with a splash of apple cider, and the other will be for the cinnamon sugar. Using the monk fruit and cinnamon mix them together on the plate before dipping your glasses in the mixture.
- Place each martini glass upside down in the apple cider. Just enough to coat the rim. Then place the glasses upside down in the monk fruit and cinnamon mixture.
- Next, you will want to combine the liquid ingredients and cinnamon into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake for a few seconds and pour into your martini glasses.
- Top off your drinks with a lovely garnish of three thin slices of apple. Hold them together with a cocktail pick and fan them out to make a lovely design. Cheers to these tasty fall flavors!
Making this recipe? Please tag me on Instagram @natashasfoodadventures so I can see your wonderful creations! I love getting to know you guys and can’t wait to see which recipe you will make next.