The Honey Ryder (Upgraded Appletini) Recipe

JL Studios

The Appletini has become synonymous with everything that is wrong with cocktails during the 80's and 90's. This re-imagined version turns to a classic for inspiration: the Vesper Martini, à la James Bond.

Recipe Details

The Honey Ryder (Upgraded Appletini) Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 48 hrs
Serves 1 serving


  • For the Apple-Infused Gin:
  • 1 red apple, cored and sliced
  • 10 ounces gin, Bluecoat preferred
  • ½ ounce unfiltered apple cider
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 2 ounces Zu Bison Grass Vodka
  • 1 ounce Apple-Infused Gin
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • Garnish: Lemon twist


  1. For the Apple Infused Gin: Place apple pieces inside resealable jar, cover with gin, seal and infuse at room temperature for 36 to 48 hours. Liquid will turn golden and look a bit like apple juice. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer set in a sealable glass jar. Discard solids. Add apple cider and seal. Infused gin keeps in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

  2. To Make the Cocktail: Pour Bison Grass Vodka, Apple Infused Gin, and Lillet Blanc in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, large mason jar

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