Caramel Apple Martini

This post was originally published in 2012. We’ve updated it with more information and new photos.

I’m trying to remember the first time I tried a caramel apple martini. I think it was at my 25th birthday party. I had a sip of Rachel’s and then promptly got my own. And that’s partly why, to me, caramel apple martinis are a party drink.

Now, I wouldn’t judge you if I showed up at your house on a Tuesday night and you were reading a fantasy novel and drinking a caramel apple martini. No judgment from me.

But I think most often a caramel apple martini comes in handy as a fun party drink. Plus, they are super easy to make.

This caramel apple martini only has three ingredients and a 2:1:1 ratio of vodka (or gin), sour apple schnapps, and butterscotch schnapps.

You can add a drizzle of caramel sauce to the martini glass, or skip it. This dessert cocktail is plenty sweet without it, but I sort of love the look. Ha.

Pro tip: chill your martini glass before shaking up a cocktail by either storing it in the refrigerator or popping it in the freezer for a few minutes before serving.

Make some festive drinks this season. Cheers! xo. Emma

Caramel Apple Martini

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel apple martini, martini
Servings 1 drink
Author Emma Chapman


  • 1 oz sour apple schnapps
  • 1 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 2 oz vodka
  • caramel sauce optional


  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the ingredients. Shake well, until the cup feels very cold in your hands.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass. If using caramel, drizzle inside the glass before pouring the cocktail in.


You can use gin instead of vodka if you like. 
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • OMG can’t wait to try this!

  • This looks amazing! Totally want to make it 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.


  • ohmygoodness, now i REALLY want to try making these! 🙂 will save them for a girl’s night out when i turn 19 (and legal!) in a couple months! hehe 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, this is one yummy looking and sounding drink. I just may have to re-think my whole frozen Margaritas Saturday! Thanks for sharing.

  • Wooowww these look soo good! I will definitely have to try making these at some point.

    Also. Butterscotch schnapps. Never heard of this before. Have. To. Get. Some!

  • I’ve heard of apple martini but caramel takes it to another level! Yum!!


  • This looks so good! I love apple martinis! I would add some whip cream on top. 🙂


    Shopaholic Undercover

  • These sound absolutely fabulous for this time of year!!!

  • I’ve never tried one of these, and now I’ve read this, I’m having a hard time trying to figure why the hell not! You are making me want to curl up with a fantasy novel with a caramel apple martini right now, on a Friday afternoon, while my littlest girl watches Pappa Pig … please don’t judge!

  • This recipe looks delicious! Always looking for new drink ideas. Loving all of your fall/pumpkin inspired projects, it puts me in the mood for pumpkin carving, cinnamon spice lattes, and fall scented candles!

  • Yum! Do you have a pumpkin-flavored cocktail up your sleeve somewhere? I’m throwing a joint birthday party for me and friend, and she requested “pumpkin anything,” and I think it would be fun to have a special cocktail for the night. Ideas??

  • Mmmm sounds delicious. Will definitely try this. Escpecially because it’s finally a drink without citrus fruits, to which I’m allergic. So thanks for this recipt 🙂

  • These would be perfect for a bonfire party, they sound really good.

    Zoe x

  • those look beautiful! so beautiful in fact that they might even be worth the hangover!


  • Just bookmarked this, I can’t wait to have my girls over for dinner and serve them this.

  • there is a drink at my work that i think you would totally love… martini…st.germaine elderflower and absolut pear vodka. thats it! the count is more vodka than st.germ. but so tasty and smells wonderful.

  • Oh My! These sound amazing! Love the caramel swirl idea too. So whipping up these next cheese night with the girls 😉

    Becky, K.

  • Mmm I think JD from the show Scrubs would love this. As would I!

  • I don’t drink, but this looks DELISH!

    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Hi Emma! I love martinis and have to try this one. Thanks for the recipe! I’d love to read more recipes with apples, I went apple picking and now have more than I can eat. xoxo.

  • These look amazing, especially with the caramel drizzle swirled around the sides. Perfect fall drink, besides a pumpkin spice latte of course! The crumbled kraft paper is a great photographers touch.

  • I actually drink martinis randomly throughout the week with my neighbor. We’re classy ladies. haha
    These look amazing!

  • I’m going to try this drink! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  • oh my, these seem so delicious! Perfect autumn drink. I’ve never tried these before, but i definitely will be making it sometime soon this autumn. Thanks for sharing Emma!

  • Oh. My. Yum. Apples + booze = heaven.

    On a side note, I love how I can always tell if it’s an Emma post from the first paragraph, no matter what the subject.
    You’ve got such a fun tone to your posts!

  • Oh my god this is life altering- I would eat caramel on anything- half tempted to put it on my dinner sometimes, Elf style. Also I will use any excuse to break out my martini glasses- birthday, holidays, wednesdays, when asos have a sale- you know, important celebrations.

  • I think that apple martinis sort of got a bad rap in the past few years. I don’t know why. They are delicious, especially one with caramel and the “apple” makes it seem almost healthy, like a smoothie! Ha.

  • This looks and sounds AMAZING. I know I have tried an apple pie shot before, so I assume this is along the same line. Plus, I am not much of shots person anymore, so a nice calm martini (AND MAYBE A FANTASY NOVEL) will work just fine! ;)Thanks Emma!
    xo Hannah

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