I'm found of Apple Cocktails. I'm fond of apples. I'm not fond of applesauce. In fact, I kind of hate applesauce, but a friend gave me some of her homemade applesauce (more like a quart) and I had to find a way to use it and not hurt her feelings. So I came up with this recipe for an Apple Cobbler Martini. It uses a quarter of a cup of applesauce for each cocktail so I managed to use up that applesauce gift pretty fast. Now I'm hoping I get the applesauce as a gift again, lol.
Inspired by my Baked Apple Tarragon Chicken Breast recipe this cocktail recipe includes apple vodka, lemon, some spices, sugar, some sautéd apples and, of course, applesauce.
The Caramelized Apple Garnish:
APPLE COBBLER MARTINI
1-1/2 Oz. Apple Vodka
1 Oz. Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Applesauce
2 Tart Apples
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 Oz. Salted Butter
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Tarragon
1 Teaspoon Each of Nutmeg and Cinnamon
Make the Caramelized Apples:
Peel and slice the apples. Melt the butter in a saute pan, add the apples and saute for 5 - 8 minutes or until almost cooked through. Add the sugar, half the spices and reduce until the sugar gets well caramelized. Set aside to cool while you prepare your cocktail.
Make the Martini:
Blend all but 3 or 4 of the caramelized apples into the applesauce and add 1/4 cup to each cocktail you're making. Save the unblended ones for the garnish.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add the applesauce, apple vodka, orange juice, lemon juice, the rest of the spices and shake until smooth.
Pour into your chilled glass (do not strain, it's futile), garnish with a couple of the caramelized apples and serve.