BookTini’s January 2019 Cocktail: Apple Pie Martini

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How many times have you heard the phrase, "As American as apple pie?"

It's used to describe things typical of and derived from American culture, like baseball and rock & roll. Can it also be used to describe an African American marriage disrupted by the justice system?

While you ponder that, check out our Apple Pie Martini recipe for a sweet vanilla, apple cider, and cinnamon combo, to be sipped and savored during our Drinks & Discussion of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.


1 serving


1 - 1/2 oz vanilla liqueur

1 oz premium vodka

2 oz apple cider

1 tsp ground cinnamon

dash of fresh lime juice


Easy as 1-2-3: pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake it. Shake it some more. Strain into glass.


  • Unsure which vanilla liqueur to works best? Try Tuaca (skip the lime juice), Galliano L’Autentico, Licor 43, or the very sweet Bols Vanilla.

  • Belvedere or Grey Goose are great vodka choices. You can also select a vanilla vodka to enhance the flavor.