Reading a drink menu at a local restaurant I notice that most of the martinis are made with vodka. Exactly none of them contain the old school gin and vermouth. In our drink lab, we decide to test the Appletini with gin instead of vodka.
We choose New Amsterdam in which we noted citrus-y botanicals during our gin tasting lab. We combine approximately equal parts of gin, sour apple schnapps and triple sec. Stir over ice to chill and then pour into a martini glass. The result is a beautiful looking green cocktail that tastes pretty good too!
The juniper aspect of New Amsterdam is lower than some of the other gins we tasted such as Tanqueray, allowing it to blend more harmoniously. The sour apple schnapps contributes the verdant green color and fruity flavor. The sweetness level of this Appletini can be adjusted by changing the amount of triple sec.
Tomato with fresh mozzarella is a great appetizer to accompany our evening cocktail. Summer is abundant with farm fresh tomatoes. Thick slices of tomato are dressed with fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced red onion, Italian herbs, and balsamic vinaigrette and garnished with a few Kalamata olives.