Toast fall with a crisp Cinnamon Apple Martini made with vodka infused with Red Hots candies. This sweet, cinnamon apple cocktail is also a festive choice for holiday parties or Valentine’s Day.
If you love Hot Tamales or Red Hots candies, join me at the bar for a Red Hot Cinnamon Apple Martini.
I originally shared this recipe using Red Wolf Cinnamon Apple Vodka from Tobacco Road Distillers, but it seems the company no longer produces this delicious vodka.
But no worries because you can make Red Hots infused vodka at home in no time. No need to postpone cocktail time, because this infusion is ready in minutes!
The bright red pretty infused vodka would make a wonderful homemade holiday gift. And you’ll need it to make these cinnamon apple cider slushies.
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How to Make Infused Vodka
Place the powdered candies into a mason jar and top with inexpensive, unflavored vodka. (See the recipe below for the exact ingredients.)
Cap the jar and shake to blend. Allow to sit until the powdered candy dissolves. You can leave it for a few hours, if you like.
Red Hot Cinnamon Apple Martini
I love this cinnamon apple martini because it tastes like a liquid version of Hot Tamales candies (my favorite!) with an apple twist. (OK, technically, I guess it tastes like Red Hots!)
I was first introduced to this pretty cocktail on a trip to the North Carolina mountains. While we were there, my husband and I discovered a quiet wine bar/cocktail lounge. They had a cinnamon apple martini on the menu. I may have ordered a couple.
Afterwards, I was on a quest to recreate it at home.
After a little experimenting, I finally cracked the code. And it’s so simple to make, even accounting for the homemade vodka infusion.
While cinnamon apple is a popular fall combination, you don’t have to limit your enjoyment of this cocktail to autumn. Make up a batch for your Christmas party or save it for New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. (It is red hot, after all!)
How to Make a Cinnamon Apple Martini
To make the cinnamon apple martini, combine the 1 1/2 parts infused vodka, 1 1/2 parts apple vodka and 1/2 parts triple sec in a cocktail shaker over ice. Add a splash of cran-apple juice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Here’s the recipe:
Toast fall with a crisp Cinnamon Apple Martini made with vodka infused with Red Hots candies.
- 2 cups vodka
- 1 cup Red Hots candies crushed to a powder
- 1.5 ounces Red Hots infused vodka
- 1.5 ounces apple vodka
- 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
- Splash Cran-Apple juice
- Pink or red sugar optional
Pour Red Hots candies into a bag and crush lightly. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until the candies become a fine powder.
Place powdered candies into a mason jar and top with 2 cups of plain vodka.
Put the lid on the jar and shake to blend. Allow to sit until the powdered candy dissolves.
Use a fine mesh strainer to strain any solids from the infused vodka.
Pour the infused vodka, the apple vodka and the triple sec in a cocktail shaker over ice. Add a splash of cran-apple juice.
Shake to mix.
Strain into a martini glass rimmed with pink or red sugar.
Garnish with an apple slice or apple peel.
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