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Vanilla, Apple and Thyme Martinis

Australian Gourmet Traveller cocktail recipe for Vanilla, Apple and Thyme Martinis

By Jason Crawley
  • Serves 2
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Vanilla, Apple and Thyme Martinis
“This is great at summer weddings. Everyone generally likes vanilla and apple. This is balanced so it can function as a delightful apéritif or as something to sip on through the afternoon. Even grandma gets into this one.” - Jason Crawley


  • 2 granny smith apples, halved
  • ½ lemon
  • Sprig thyme, plus extra to garnish
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar or white sugar
  • 45 ml vanilla vodka


  • 1
    In a shaker, add 3 apple cheeks, lemon, thyme and sugar and muddle.
  • 2
    Add vodka, half-fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  • 3
    Strain into a chilled martini glass. Cut 2 thin slices from remaining apple, float in glass, top with a sprig of thyme and serve.
  • Author: Jason Crawley