A couple of years ago, my blogging girlfriend and I realized that we love apple martinis and we had to find out how to make the perfect one. At any bar, or while waiting for a table at P.F. Chang’s, I would create some rapport with bartender. Casually, so as not to alarm him/her and have him withhold any information, I would inquire “What do you make these with?” The bartender would always reply with some variation of vodka, Sour Apple Pucker, and sweet and sour (or Sprite).
After settling on all the right brands we began experimenting with measurements. Here are the staggeringly fantastic results … 3 oz. Grey Goose vodka, 1 ½ oz. DeKuyper's Sour Apple Pucker, and 1 ½ oz. sweet and sour mix.
Instructions: Fill a martini shaker with chopped or shaved ice and pour the three ingredients in. For best results make one at a time, otherwise you will get a more watered down drink as the ice melts. Shake well and serve in a chilled (from the freezer) martini glass.
-- Hank Bedford