The Apple Cider Martini and Martini Glass




About: Rob Douglas

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
5 Cloves

A Pot
Wooden Spoon

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.

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    12 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks tons for the apple idea! I live outside a nursing home, and I think this would be a huge hit with my friends at New Years and even Christmas or Thanksgiving! Would have to make it plain cider, but it will be a hit none-the-less! Thanks again!

    Mistie Ann


    8 years ago on Introduction

    How much is 5 cloves. I only have ground cloves & I couldn't find any at Wal-Mart.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    i am going to make this for my pumpkin carving i always carve something other than pumpkins


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It looks like something kids would absolutely adore on New Year's Eve - and the parents too especially if the kids get served the boozy version and clonk out early in the evening.  Kidding!!!  The cider looks delicious, and the apple goblet/martini glass is quite novel.

    What exactly is the sticky factor on this?  I get all freaky-outtie when it comes to sticky stuff on my skin.
    3 replies

    good question. Imagine a lollipop before it's licked... it's dry, so as long as no cider is spilled, nothing is sticky! That sounds really perverted... haha no hidden meaning here people.

    You're convincing me even further that kids would adore this...  in a bathroom with shower caps on and away from linens and clothes and people.  :-P

    And adults would like to just drink it.  ;-)

    Instant party favorite for all ages!

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I adore the martini glass with the cinnamon stick stem.

    However I may simplify this considerably by just cutting a flat bottom for the apples and leaving the stems and feet off. I think it depends on how big/coordinated your crowd is and how good you are at gluing fruit and cinnamon sticks together with caramel.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    LOL - forgot one condition - or how drunk they all get :-D

    The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that it'd be a good idea to save the stem and foot for a very small and lightly drinking crowd!!