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Harvest Hoe (Apple Butter Martini)

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Harvest Hoe (Apple Butter Martini)


 Harvest Hoe

A crisp and delicious Apple Butter Martini.  The Harvest Hoe is the Hoochie with a smoochie. 

Attractive, and definitely easy- just like our Apple Butter Cocktail.

Fresh from the farm, this Apple-Butter Martini gives you the festive taste of Fall, and the zest of apple, ginger, and cinnamon. 

Savor the Fall Season and pour a little Autumn into your Martini glass.  Cozy and  delicious – you can’t go wrong with an apple butter and vodka cocktail.  So grab that cocktail shaker and belly up to the FU – BAR (F#cked Up Beyond All Recognition)



Ginger Simple Syrup

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Ginger


  • Ginger Simple Syrup
  • Apple Butter
  • Fireball
  • Vodka


  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Cinnamon Stick

Martini Glasses


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What is in a jar of Apple Butter?

Apple butter is concentrated applesauce.  Milled, pureed, or finely chopped and then cooked for a longer period. 

The sugars in the apples caramelize, giving the apple butter its rich, sweet flavor and dark color. 

It’s flavors feature cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, nutmeg and other seasonal warm spices.   Take a sip – It’s perfect on a cool Fall day.




Is there Butter in Apple Butter?

There is no “butter” in apple butter recipes. The name comes from its smooth, buttery texture. 
You may hear a term about ‘dropping copper pennies in apple butter’.  There is an old tradition of putting pennies in the bottom of an apple butter kettle.  Pennies were intended to scrape the bottom of the kettle and to prevent the apple butter from burning. 

What do I do with leftover Apple Butter?

If you don’t use all of your Apple Butter in your beverage – There are many ways to enjoy.  It is delicious on toast, and in muffins, and pancakes!



Is Apple Butter a Midwestern thing?

While their are plenty of orchards in the Midwest, Apples, Apple Butter, Apple Cider, and Apple pie- are beloved American things.  All the way back to Johnny Appleseed folklore, and an annual bounty of festivals that celebrate the apple.
This American fruit is a significant part of American Taste memories and local food cultures.  Apple Butter makes a delicious Fall Cocktail.

Cocktails and Apple Season

Mixologists are inspired by Apple Season and are creating beautiful Fall drinks:  Apple Butter Martini, the Apple Cider Martini, the Apple Martini, Apple Butter and Bourbon Cocktail,  even an Apple Old Fashioned.
It is a great time to enjoy apple cocktails, and apple bourbon seasonal cocktails. 

What if I don’t want to make my own Simple Syrup?  New Cocktail Syrups are trending...

If you don’t have time to make your own simple syrup there are many new and delicious brands to chose from. 
Most bartenders still prefer to use their own sugar syrups in cocktails.  That is changing, as mixologists recognize the need for consistency, and variety.  
Innovation in cocktail syrups with botanical and organic ingredients in bold and unusual flavors is expected to provide opportunities for new cocktail innovation.
Several companies have been using natural ingredients and reducing the use of artificial flavors and colors. 
Imaginative syrups can sweeten and add interest and complexity to cocktail recipes – and home experimentation is so much fun!


Here are a just a few interesting and trendy cocktail syrups:

  • Monin Lychee, Cotton Candy, White Chocolate, or Toasted Marshmallow
  • Small Hand Pineapple Gomme, Passion Fruit, Tonic Syrup
  • Giffard Apertif
  • Raft Pineapple Tamarind Syrup, Grapefruit Smoked Salt Chile Syrup
  • Fabbri Mixybar Orzata Syrup

Make this Apple Butter Martini

martini made with fireball, apples, and cinnamon. rimmed with sugar and chipotle powder
4.99 from 68 votes

Harvest Hoe (Apple Butter Martini

Apple Butter Martini
Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Butter, Apple butter cocktail, Apple Butter Martini, dessert martini, Fall Martini, Fireball, Thanksgiving Martini
Yield: 1
Author: Inno Jakshitz and Nora Spect


Ginger Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Ginger


  • 1 oz Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Apple Butter
  • 1 oz Fireball
  • 2 oz Vodka


  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Cinnamon Sugar for the rim


Rim your Martini glass

  • Fill a plate with water
  • Fill a plate with cinnamon sugar (to taste)
  • Turn your Martini glass upside down and dip the rim into the water
  • Dip the rim into the plate of cinnamon sugar
  • Repeat for each glass and set aside

Prepare Ginger Simple Syrup

  • Combine water and sugar, ginger to a medium pot
  • Turn on medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved
  • Set aside and chill

Prepare Cocktail

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, simple syrup, apple butter, Fireball, and vodka
  • Strain and Pour the Martini into a rimmed Martini glass
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick



Apple Butter Martini 


  • As soon as your ginger syrup boils, remove from heat. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Cool the syrup before muddling into a cocktail.
  • Syrup can last in a covered container in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks(If cloudy, discard).  You will love the simplicity and freshness of our Ginger Simple Syrup.



Lots of choices for Simple Garnishes

Garnish with apple slices, Cinnamon sugar, Cinnamon sugar with a touch of smoked Chipotle, a cinnamon stick, or dried orange slice. 

Edible Fall flowers can also make a statement.  Squash blossoms.  Marigolds, even Honeysuckles can give an elegant vibe on the rim.


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FAQ’s for Dessert Martini’s

What the FAQ?



What is a Dessert Martini?  

These aren’t your Father’s Martini’s!  There are hundreds of new Martini recipes springing up.  Put your favorite dessert flavors in Vodka.  What could be better?  We feature several of our Dessert drinks on this site.  Enjoy a flight of Martini Pie flavors.  Key Lime, Pumpkin, Pecan Pie


Why will I love a Dessert Martini?

Dessert Martinis are becoming popular and trendy.  They are smooth, creamy, and often taste like our favorite pies and desserts.  Popular dessert Martinis include Chocolate, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Key Lime Pie, Apple Butter, and so many more.  What’s more – It seems every Holiday features new and imaginative creations, such as the ‘Hallow Weenie Martini’, or the ‘Santa Clausmopolitan’.  

Do you put ice in a Dessert Martini?

No, Martini’s typically feature chilled Martini glasses, and cocktails that have been shaken with ice and strained.  A Martini without ice is often called “Dry”.


What kind of alcohol is used in a Dessert Martini?  

Martinis feature Vodka, but dessert Martini’s may contain additional flavors and liqueurs.  In addition they generally feature imaginative and tasty rims.


What do you pair with a Dessert Martini?

Since Dessert Martini’s are generally sweeter, they tend to go beautifully with appetizers that are salty.  In fact, Dessert Martinis are often served with Charcuterie Boards.


Can a Dessert Martini be dirty?

Dirty Dessert Martinis are unlikely. ‘Dirty’ usually refers to olive brine, which is not very complementary to Dessert Martini flavors.  So your Dessert Martini cannot be Dirty- but you and your crazy antics could be an entirely different story!


What do Dessert Martini’s feature as a garnish?

We love to pour a dessert cocktail into the prepared glass.  While the traditional Martini may garnish with only an olive, Dessert Martinis get creative.  You can dip the rim in flavored sugar, cookies, finely crushed graham crackers, even crushed pieces of candy.  The rim of the cocktail glass allows you to introduce texture, contrast, even spice.  You can also position a fruit wheel or attractive flourish on the edge of the glass.

Try a flight of Dessert Martinis:

Hallow Weenie Martini
pumpkin spice martini sits in front of straw pumpkin decorations
Pumpkin Spice Martini
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Shameless Tart (Key lime Pie Martini)
key lime pie flavored martini
Sweet/Tart Creamy Key lime cocktail with a Graham Cracker rim
Check out this recipe
Tini Indiscretion (A Pecan Pie Martini)
pecan pie flavored martini with pecan and carmel coated rim
Pecan Pie Martini
Check out this recipe

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7 Responses

  1. I had a jar of apple butter in left over from a recipe and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. This martini was perfect for using it up. I made it two nights in a row it was so delicious.

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