Introduction: The Apple Cider Martini and Martini Glass
The ingredients and instructions detailed will demonstrate how to make a martini glass out of a single apple and a cinnamon stick, as well as spiced/spiked apple cider.
If you do not want a martini glass, just omit the cinnamon stick and base part.
* I personally hate things that are sticky, so to my surprise, this project was not sticky. Hardened sugar does not stick.
Step 1: Ingredients/Supplies
6 red apples (red delicious)
1 Large Granny Smith Apple
5-6 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Teaspoon of Allspice
1 Teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice
1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
Step 2: Make Juice
Depending on which juicer you have you will need to cut the apple up so that it can fit in through the juicers input.
My juicer had a large opening, so I cut the apples up into fourths, I did not pit them, but you can if you want... again, that depends on the power of your juicer.
Put a pot under the juicer, push the apples through and collect the apple juice. Taste it, if it doesn't taste like apple juice, then you should probably check to see if you cut off any of your fingers by accident.
A thick foam will appear on top of the juice, spoon it off so that you are left with just the juice.
Step 3: Make the Cider
Take the fresh apple juice and place it on the stove on medium heat.
Throw in all the spices (1 Teaspoon of Allspice, Pumpkin Spice, Cayenne pepper, 3 Cloves, and 4 Cinnamon sticks.
Mix in the ingredients and stir every five minutes. Let the juice boil, this will allow for a more concentrated, and sweeter flavor. Let the juice boil for about 40 minutes.
Taste the cider and if it needs a little more kick, add some cayenne pepper. Cover the pot and let sit for an hour, or if you want serve it up while its hot.
There will be some of the spices left over, so as you pour the cider into a glass, you can use a mesh grate to filter out the cloves, sticks, and spices.
You can also add some vodka after the cider is taken off of the flame
Step 4: Make the Glass
Take the large granny smith apple and cut it along the top, at about 2cm from the top of the apple. This will become the base of the glass.
Take the bottom half of the apple, and scoop out the innards, be careful not to make any holes.
Once you carve out a nice cup, put both the bottom, and the top into the freezer. This will harden them for the assembly stage.
Step 5: Glass Assembly
Heat up about 3 cups of sugar, turn it into caramel. Once the sugar turns into caramel, take it on and off of the flame intermittently to avoid burning. Take the apple top and bottom out of the freezer.
Place the smaller apple portion on a dish so that the skin of the apple is facing up and so that the flat surface is against the dish.
You will need to be quick here.
Spoon the caramel onto the base, and quickly hold a cinnamon stick in an upright position on the caramel. The caramel should dry in about 20-30 seconds. Once dried, the cinnamon stick should be essentially glued onto the base of the apple.
Once that has dried. Take the larger portion of the apple, turn it so that the scooped out side is against the plate, and pour caramel on the crevice. Quickly take the glass's stem and hold it against the hardening caramel. Make sure it stands up straight. Allow 20-30 Seconds to cool.
Now you will need to coat the inside of the apple in order to prevent leaks, and add flavor. Pour about a half a cup of the caramel into the apple, and quickly whirl the apple as to spread the caramel over the innards of the apple. After that dries, take the apple and dip the top of it in the hot caramel in order to add a sugar rim to the glass.
Once assembled set aside and grab the cider.
Step 6: Presentation
I drizzled the remaining caramel onto a plate and sprinkled it with cinnamon. That was kind of unnecessary, but it looks good.
Pour the cider into the now assembled glass. Try to avoid pouring the cider everywhere. The glass should hold up for quite some time, as long as you keep liquids away from the crucial joints.
Add as much vodka as you would like. This recipe has a lot of kick in it, so a little vodka could only help.