Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, October 2020, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 60

by Amer A. Vargas


Nutty Apple Martini re-creation

Happy October, dear readers!

Fall is already here in the Northern hemisphere, and this month we are paying tribute to the season of rain and yellow and brown leaves, a perfect time for quiet, cozy afternoons snuggled under a warming blanket.

On such an occasion I propose that you could indulge yourselves with a Nutty Apple Martini, a delicious cocktail with a beautiful mix of nutty aromas provided by Pecan-flavored vodka, a bit of cinnamon, and the kick of apple cider.

These are the ingredients you will need to prepare it:

For the glass rim:

  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar (white, brown or both)
  • ¼ tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • Maple syrup

For the cocktail:

  • 90 ml./3 oz. apple cider
  • 60 ml./2 oz. Pecan Vodka
  • 15 ml./½ Ginger Liqueur

Garnish: Apple slices rubbed with lemon juice and cinnamon sticks.

Before mixing the liquid ingredients, make the rim frost by mixing sugar and cinnamon in a shallow plate. Pour some maple syrup on a small shallow plate and dip the rim of the martini glass in it, turning to coat. Then dip the rim into the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Then put ice, the apple cider, the flavored vodka and the ginger liqueur in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds.

Pour the mix into the prepared glass and garnish to your taste.

I had the pleasure of trying this concoction at a friend’s cocktail bar a few days ago and he even referred me to his source for the recipe: The Beach House Kitchen, a website with “easy recipes for casual entertaining” as hostess (and Nutty Apple Martini creator) Mary Ann Dwyer puts it. You can enjoy some light reading and the original recipe by clicking here:

Cheers and Happy Fall!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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