Today is a beautiful fall day and we are going leaf peeping this afternoon. The leaves are at their peak and I do not think they will last another week. Hopefully I will have some great pictures to share in the upcoming days. In the meantime, I am sharing a basic recipe for a crisp and refreshing Apple Martini. This would be a great cocktail on those hot summer days! This is a low-calorie version since I used basic ingredients resulting in about 120 calories per drink. I love using lemon sparkling water in my cocktails because it imparts some flavor but does not add any calories! Consider using an apple vodka, apple liqueur, or apple juice to add more of an apple flavor. There are a lot of variations based upon ingredients you might have in the house. Just remember if you substitute ingredients you might be adding calories. I worked from the recipe that you can find here.
1 small Apple, peeled and diced
3 oz Vodka
1/8 cup Lime Juice
1/2 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Lemon Sparkling Water
In a measuring cup, place apple, vodka, lime juice and sugar. Stir well; refrigerate until chilled. Add some ice into a martini shaker and then add your ingredients that are chilling in the refrigerator and the sparkling water. Shake well and then pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a slice of apple.