For those looking for an upgraded, spirit forward appletini, look no further. I created this martini for the sophisticated drinker in mind. It uses Caorunn Gin from Scotland that perfectly compliments with Calvados, Dry Vermouth and a splash of Yellow Chartreuse. Every component of this martini was carefully chosen, and I’m here to explain why!
I’ve been blessed enough to work with the team at Woodman’s Wine and Spirits Agency, here in Toronto. Part of their distribution lineup is the Caorunn Gin coming out of the Highlands in Scotland. I had never really seen this gin before, so I was very intrigued and I assumed it would have a similar profile to The Botanist gin which I already knew and loved. When it comes to the history and passion behind this brand, they predominantly use 5 Celtic Botanicals. Those include Bog Myrtle, Dandelion, Heater, Coul Blush Apples and Rowan Berries. It is clear that the Rowan Berries is a major feature with this gin, and I knew that without having tried Rowan Berries.
I immediately started to google what Rowan Berries were, because I had never heard of it myself. From my research, I gathered that it is a very astringent and bitter fruit that almost looks like red currant, but slightly larger in size. It’s not particularly favoured on its own, but once broken down or paired with sugar, it really balanced out. I also found a ton of recipes that pairs this berry with apples, which lead me to my next decision with this cocktail.
I had no idea what kind of martini I would make, but I wanted to make sure that the gin was abundantly clear and highlighted. Due to its modern London Dry Gin style, which I find to be a touch more subtle and smooth, I didn’t want to mask it with aggressive spirits, and that’s where the Calvados and Dry Vermouth came in. I love the delicate nature of Dolin’s Vermouth, and I know the floral notes would compliment this martini in so many ways. Plus with the addition of Calvados, I knew we would have a perfect marry of
So where did the Yellow Chartreuse come from? Well, I wanted to add a touch more bite and compliment the dandelion that plays a crucial role in this gin, and what better way than with Yellow Chartreuse! The subtle essence of herbs and chamomile just brings this martini together, and I binded it with a simple dash of orange bitters. I’m sure you are getting thirsty at this point, so lets move on to this cocktail!
Caorunn Gin Appletini
Look no further if you are looking for a sophisticated apple martini. This delicious imbibe combines Caorunn Scottish Gin, Calvados, Dolins Dry Vermouth and Yellow Chartreuse.
- 1.5 oz Caorunn Gin
- 1/2 oz Calvados
- 2/3 oz Dry Vermouth
- 1/3 oz Yellow Chartreuse
- 1 dash Orange Bitters
In a mixing jar, combine all ingredients and stir until WELL chilled (at least 20 seconds)
Strain into Nick and Nora Glass and garnish with Honeycrisp Apple Fan