Green Apple Martini
If you don't have a juicer, you can substitute one-third cup of store-bought unsweetened apple juice for the fresh apple juice in step 2. Repeat this recipe in batches, as needed.
Makes two 6-ounce martinis.
1 cup sugar
1 medium green apple, about 8 ounces, peeled (peels reserved)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 ounces best-quality vodka
Bring sugar, 1 cup water, and 3/4 of the apple peel to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. (Reserve the remaining apple peel for garnish.) Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Transfer syrup to a medium bowl set over an ice bath; let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool. Pour through a fine sieve into another bowl; discard solids.
Cut apple into chunks; press through an electric juicer into a small bowl. Pour through a fine sieve into another bowl; discard any solids, and set juice aside
Cut remaining peel into thin, 4-inch-long strips. Tie each strip into a knot; set aside in a bowl of water with lemon juice.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, 2 ounces syrup, and 1/3 cup apple juice; shake. Divide between 2 martini glasses; garnish with apple knots.
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