How to make Alex’s Appletini


I made an appletini for the first time years ago. I wanted something sweet and different and no limes or lemons or coffee or creamy drinks. So I found a cocktail recipe online for an appletini and thought…yeah that’s it!

So trying to find an apple flavoured liquor in my local bottle shop..pfft. Yeah right. I had to drive to a liquor superstore and yesssss they had DeKuyper’s Sour Apple Pucker.

How cute is my new old silver drinks tray.
I picked it up at Waverley Antique Bazaar
(if you haven’t been there GO there!! so much awesome stuff)

AlexsAppletini03It worked and it was great and then I forgot all about it. That was about 4ish years ago.

That urge hit me when I was at the same store buying Cachaça for my Cairpirinha recently so I picked up a bottle.

When I decided that I wanted an apple martini it was already 8pm and I found a recipe online that I could use but…ahhh I didn’t have any apple juice or apple cider. Improvise time.

Below is my recipe and it rocked. We may or may not had 3 of these each and it was very very easy to drink. I used Bickfords Cloudy Apple cordial – yeah..ok WTH am I doing with apple cordial in the pantry but I saw it and had to try it and I am glad I did.

The magic ingredient I think is the San Pellegrino – sparkling San Pellegrino. This was my mistake that ended up being a big win! I opened the bottle and then realized that I had an already open bottle of soda water but decided to use the San Pellegrino anyway and BAM…awesome cocktail.

AlexsAppletini01Alex’s Appletini

Serves 2

60 mls Bickfords Cloudy Apple Cordial (available in some supermarkets)
120mls San Pellegrino
60mls DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
30mls Vodka

Mix or shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and then pour into a martini glass. Add a thin slice of apple that has been cut side ways – so you get the cute little star in the middle of the slice of apple.

Drink responsibly and enjoy



How to make a Long Island Iced Tea

By Friday, January 31, 2014 0 , , , , Permalink 0


My first post for 2014, I know it’s a bit late but I have been busy doing NOTHING!!!

We have just finished school holidays in Australia. The kids are back at school and my oldest child has just started his very first year of school and I am so freakin excited for him. I thought I might cry but nah!!!

So, I have a few cocktail posts leftover from last year and I have to get through those before I can start adding newer stuff. I got super lazy & sick towards the end of last year and we have had some pretty hot weather in Melbourne (hmm sit in front of a computer or go out and enjoy life? hmmm I choose outside thanks!!) AND we also went away for a few days to an amazing part of my stunning country up on the border of Victoria & New South Wales, right on the mighty Murray River!

Ok so the infamous Long Island Ice Tea. Made right this drink CAN be amazing. I have had heaps of dodgy LIITs and a few that totally got me drunk – I mean…really really drunk (like…took me days to feel human again type of drunk – hey I was in my mid 20’s!!).


I had all the ingredients in my possession so thought why not. I never have cola in the house, we don’t drink it and if I buy a bottle it’s usually because I am hosting a party and want it on hand incase a guest asks for it. Sooo I had a bottle leftover from a party had to get rid of it so decided to whip up a Long Island Iced Tea.

My version was ok. It wasn’t mind blowing but I think that might be because I am not a huge fan of cola. I also made a few other cocktails at the same time so I was probably comparing the LIIT to the other drinks I made.


Long Island Iced Tea – Serves 2

30ml Light Rum
30ml Vodka
30ml Gin (mmm Bombay Sapphire, how I love thee!!!)
30ml Cointreau
30ml Tequila
Dash of lemon juice

In a tall glass add ice, rum, vodka, gin, cointreau, tequila. Top with the lemon juice & cola. Garnish it with a slice of lemon and wake up tomorrow morning with a shocking hangover!


Lemon Drop

By Monday, July 15, 2013 0 , , Permalink 0

Quick! I need a easy cocktail to make and I only have vodka and I want to drink something special but don’t want to have to buy other mixers.

The lemon drop is perfect. Simple. Easy to make. It does need a little early prep to make the sugar syrup but otherwise a quick tasty cocktail to make.

Sugar syrup is used in heaps of cocktails and can easily be made at home and left in the fridge – I wouldn’t keep it any longer than 2 weeks so don’t make too much of it.


Sugar Syrup (also known as Simple Syrup)

Equal quantities of sugar (caster or super fine dissolves faster) & water. Eg.

1 cup sugar
1 cup water


Combine both the sugar and water in a saucepan and over high heat allow the sugar to dissolve and bring to the boil for 5 mins. Turn off heat and allow to cool. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until you are ready to use it.

If it is still warm when you use it, adding ice to your cocktail mix will help cool it down.

You can flavour your sugar syrup with lavender, rosewater, citrus peel but note that all your cocktails will have that subtle flavour to it.


Lemon Drop

Serves 2
100 mls Vodka
50 mls Lemon juice
50 mls Sugar syrup
Garnish with a slice of lemon, lemon peel or a maraschino cherry for some sweetness.

Combine the vodka, lemon juice & sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker, use a teaspoon & taste to check for sweetness and add extra syrup or vodka or lemon juice to suit your taste. Add ice then the lid & shake. Pour into your glass & drink up.

A very quick & easy cocktail to whip up and enjoy.