French Martini

The French martini is a triumph! This classy cocktail is perfectly balanced with vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liqueur.

French martini

Here’s a sophisticated cocktail that’s calling your name: the French martini! This martini is hardly related to the classic dry martini at all. It’s a fruity and balanced, featuring a fancy French black raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. Each sip is so intriguing and nuanced, it’s hard to put the glass down! This one’s become a favorite over here. Here’s how to make the perfect French martini!

What’s in a French martini?

The French martini is a fruity spin on a vodka martini made with raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. It might seem like a retro classic cocktail, but it was invented in the 1980’s by New York bartender Allen Katz. It’s gone on to become a sort of modern classic! This cocktail makes the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. That means it has an official definition of how to make it. The ingredients in a French martini are:

  • Vodka
  • Pineapple juice
  • Chambord (or other raspberry liqueur)

Don’t want to spring for Chambord? The Clover Club is a similar cocktail made with raspberry syrup and gin!

How to make a French martini

How to make a French martini (2 basic steps!)

It’s so easy to make a French martini, there’s barely anything to it! This drink follows the basic “shake and strain” model for cocktails:

  1. Shake in a cocktail shaker. Take the vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord, and shake it together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. (Don’t have one? Use a mason jar!)
  2. Strain into a glass and add garnish. Strain the drink into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a raspberry for a little flair.

What’s Chambord? Is it worth buying?

The French martini is a drink for adventurous home bartenders because it requires a special ingredient: Chambord! It’s got a beautiful gold and purple round bottle that makes you feel like a professional bartender. But what exactly is it? Here’s what to know:

  • Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur made in France. It’s been made there since 1685, so it has a long history.
  • What does Chambord taste like? It tastes rich and fruity, with raspberry and citrus notes.
  • How much does Chambord cost? A small bottle costs about $20 (in the US).
  • Is it worth buying? Yes, if you’re an adventurous home mixologist! No if you’re a minimalist. You can make other cocktails with Chambord, but most aren’t classics. Make it into a Chambord and Champagne cocktail, or try it with champagne and soda water as a spritz.
Chambord

More martini recipes: dry and flavored!

The French martini is a flavored martini: it’s nothing like a classic! The classic martini is made with gin and dry vermouth. It’s extremely dry and and can be polarizing to some. Flavored martinis are a modern invention: built on the vodka martini. Most of them drop the vermouth…so they’re hardly a martini at all! Here are some of our favorite martini recipes, both classic and flavored:

  • Dirty Martini Serve it “dirty” with olive juice, and it rounds out the sip with a briny tang.
  • Vesper Martini Invented by James Bond, it’s become a true classic! Crisp and herbal, it stars Lillet Blanc with gin and vodka.
  • Gibson Cocktail The same as a classic martini…except for the garnish!
  • Pomegranate Martini or Watermelon Martini These jewel-toned drinks are tangy and light: the perfect fruity variation.
  • Lemon Drop Martini This ultra tangy martini is made with vodka, Cointreau and lemon, with a lemon twist and sugar rim.
  • Espresso Martini Made with coffee, Kahlua, and vodka. Perfect for coffee lovers!
  • Cucumber Martini A crisp, cool take with the refreshing scent of this hydrating vegetable.
French martini

French cocktails

If you love a French martini, you might like these France-inspired cocktails! Here are a few more to know:

  • French Gimlet A French spin on the gimlet! Three ingredients (St Germain, lime and gin) combine make a refreshing and chic cocktail.
  • French Connection Equal parts Cognac and amaretto make a sophisticated slow-sipper! Dubbed for the 1970’s movie of the same name.
  • French 75 Cocktail A classic cocktail made with gin, lemon and champagne!

When to serve a French martini

This French martini is sophisticated and memorable. It’s great as a:

  • Signature drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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French martini

Classic French Martini


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The French martini is a triumph! This classy cocktail is perfectly balanced with vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liqueur.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Chambord or other raspberry liqueur
  • For the garnish: raspberry (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake it until cold.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. If desired, garnish with a raspberry.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: French martini

More vodka cocktails

Here are more of the best vodka cocktails to use up the rest of the bottle:

  • Vodka Gimlet A variation on the classic gin gimlet with a smoother flavor! It’s got just three ingredients: vodka, lime and syrup.
  • Vodka Tonic This two-ingredient cocktail is bubbly, citrusy, and refreshing.
  • Vodka Sour A classic sour cocktail: refreshingly sweet tart with a frothy egg white foam on top.
  • Classic Moscow Mule Vodka, lime and ginger beer in a copper mug. Try all the variations!
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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