* 1 1/2 ounces Citadelle apple vodka
* 1/2 ounce triple sec
* 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
* Dash of simple syrup
* Lime wedge for garnish
Combine the liquid ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake until cold, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
I’m not normally a fan of apple vodka. I’m not familiar with Citadelle but I’ve had a bottle of apple Smirnoff sitting in the back of the liquor cabinet for years and I never touch it. I wouldn’t normally drink regular Smirnoff vodka at all, and I really dislike their sickly-sweet flavored varieties, but this bottle was part of a case of Smirnoff I got free back in 2003 and it’s been gathering dust since. I dug it out for this recipe because it sounded like it could be interesting.
Being unfamiliar with the apple vodka this recipe calls for, I can’t judge how sweet this drink is suppose to be. On the one hand, it’s got lime juice which will offset some sweetness, but it’s also got a dash of simple syrup as well. I do know how sweet this Smirnoff is though so I made a decision up front to skip the sweetener. Otherwise following the recipe, it was still too sweet for my tastes and only by doubling the lime juice to one ounce did I get a good balance. Once I did, though, this drink actually isn’t half bad. It’s still a bit sweeter than I normally like, but the added tartness from the lime gave it a more interesting flavor.
Recipe from The Art of the Bar.