Last updated November 23, 2014

I love making simple syrups to complement holidays. It’s an easy, entertaining way to add excitement to the bar.

This Thanksgiving, I prepared an apple ginger simple syrup by steeping green apples and ginger in water and sugar.

Shake a little of this syrup with some vodka, and you have a dangerously tasty holiday cocktail.

Apple Ginger Martini

Apple Ginger Martini


  • 1 green apple, chopped
  • 1-inch ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • pinch kosher salt

Place all ingredients into a saucepot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Strain the liquid to remove the fruit. Allow the mixture to cool.

Fill a shaker with ice. Add 1 part apple ginger syrup and 1 part vodka. Shake and strain into a martini glass.