I realize that I’m focusing on fall a little early, but I hope you’ll forgive me. It’s my favorite time of year, and it seems to go by way too quickly.

In the fall, one of the most comforting flavor combinations (other than pumpkin with almost anything) is caramel and apple. As we head into autumn, I plan to gobble up as many of these fall flavors as possible.

Because of my love for all things fall, entertaining at this time of year is something I greatly look forward to. From the cooking to the decorating, hosting a get-together is an opportunity to do many of the things I love. And one of these is coming up with a unique cocktail.

Caramel Apple Martini | Inspired by Charm

Inspired by the season ahead, I developed a Caramel Apple Cider Martini for my first (and maybe every) fall gathering.

Caramel Apple Martini | Inspired by Charm

When it comes to cocktails, my rule of thumb is to keep things simple. Using only a few really good ingredients makes everything easy and allows the flavors to shine. I’m showing you this recipe with two different rims. One is caramel; the other is cinnamon sugar. While both are delicious, I prefer the caramel.

Caramel Apple Martini | Inspired by Charm

Caramel Apple Martini

Here’s what you’ll need to make one:
2 ounces Apple Cider
2 ounces Caramel Vodka
1 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps
Sliced fresh apple, caramel, and / or cinnamon sugar for garnish.

Rim your martini glass with caramel or cinnamon sugar. To get the cinnamon sugar to stick to the glass, dip the rim in a little apple cider, then the cinnamon sugar.

Combine the apple cider, caramel vodka, and butterscotch schnapps in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.

Pour mixture into the rimmed martini glass and garnish with a slice of fresh apple.


Caramel Apple Martini | Inspired by Charm

Simple and so-o-o good!

Caramel Apple Martini | Inspired by Charm

This has quickly become one of my favorite new drinks. It’s a little on the sweet side, so it would pair very nicely with a salty appetizer. It could even finish up a meal as a substitute for a sweet dessert.

Caramel Apple Martini | Inspired by Charm

You also could easily mix up a big batch of this and allow your guests to shake up a martini whenever they’re ready for another glass. I also like the fact that you could make this into a kid-friendly mocktail by just shaking up some apple cider and serving it in a rimmed glass. Great fun for the younger folks!

Now, go grab these ingredients and get shakin’!

Are you as ready for the colors, scents, and flavors of fall as I am? What excites you most about the golden days of autumn?

Inspired By Charm

For more IBC Cocktail Recipes, click the links below!

Apple Cider Sangria
Pear Martini
Rum Punch
Sweet Heat
Cherry Vodka Sparkler (a personal favorite!)

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  • Lisa Mackres at

    August 26, 2014

    Fall is my favorite time of year too. Pumpkins, apples, cool weather but not too cold- I enjoy all of it. I like this particular recipe because, in part, I like most of the ingredients. The exception is the sugared rim- I’m not a big fan of sugar. Yet, used to just rim the glasses- I can accept that. Thank you so much for the inspiration. This martini sounds delicious. Lisa Mackres

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I hear you Lisa and totally understand. However, you can just opt for the caramel rim and you’ll be all set!

      xo Michael

  • Peggy at

    Oh… My… Gosh… I’m totally making these! Michael, you make the BEST everything! I’m always sharing your posts and ideas. How about dipping the rim in cider, then the cinnamon sugar, and then the caramel? Would that work? You can never have too much goodness, right?

    Great idea, as always. Oh, and congrats on the About.com spot! ; )

  • Matthew Miller at

    This sounds delicious, I can’t wait to make it!

  • Dawn Melvin at

    Right up my alley, Mister. And…where did you get that Mason jar cocktail shaker?

  • danielle at

    It is never too early for all things fall – pinning and making ASAP! Time to get fall started.

  • 204 Park at

    Oh man, this is too much! I’m 7 months preggers and this looks so so good! I think I should just make it a ”mocktail’ with no alcohol and still drink it out of the pretty martini glass, no?!? Lol! xo, Sarah

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! You must. This is so good! Congrats on the baby! Wishing you all the best.

      xo Michael

  • Hope at

    I am seriously thinking of doing a “Martini Momma” segment on my blog and Youtube channel every Friday and this is perfect!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jane at

    This cocktail looks amazing, and I LOVE your martini glasses! Would love to have them both for my next party. Where did you get those glasses?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      They were from Crate and Barrel a few years ago. I don’t think they sell them anymore. 🙁

      xo Micahael

  • chardonnaylynn at

    I’ve made these several times and they are delicious!!! Perfect for fall and winter.

  • Sabrina at

    what beautiful photography, like the recipe too, Butternut Schnapps? Had no idea it existing so thank you for that and the recipe!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! And yes! It’s butterSCOTCH schnapps. It’s great stuff!

      xo Michael

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