The French Martini was invented in the 1980s, because of course it was. This is another one of those faux Martini drinks - like the Appletini and Espresso Martini - that were super popular in the late 20th century, and it makes for some very easy drinking. All you need is some vodka, pineapple juice, and the (French) raspberry liqueur known as Chambord. To brighten things up and help balance the sweetness, we also suggest a splash of lime juice. Never underestimate the power of fresh citrus.
Makes 1 French Martini
- Coupe, Martini glass, or Nick & Nora
- 1.5 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- .5 ounce Chambord
- .5 ounce lime juice
Step One: Lime Juice
To be clear, a traditional French Martini does not call for lime juice. But pineapple juice and crème de cassis are both pretty sweet, so this will help balance the drink. Add .5 ounce (fresh) lime juice to your cocktail shaker.
Step Two: Pineapple Juice
Feeling ambitious? Juice some pineapple. As a rule, fresh juice is always better. But if you don’t have the time for that, feel free to use the canned (or bottled) stuff. Either way, pour 1 ounce of pineapple juice into your cocktail shaker.
Step Three: Chambord
Next, you’ll need to add the black raspberry liqueur known as Chambord. You can find it at most liqueur stores - just look for a spherical bottle with some fancy gold accents. Throw .5 ounce Chambord into your cocktail shaker.
Step Four: Vodka
It doesn’t really matter which vodka you use here. Just pick something unflavored and reasonably priced, and put 1.5 ounces of this vodka into your cocktail shaker.
Step Five: Shake
Put a small handful of ice in your shaker (about 5 cubes), then shake vigorously for 20 seconds. And when we say vigorously, we mean it. That’ll help give this drink a thick cap of foam. Once you’re done, strain your French Martini into your glassware, and garnish with a few raspberries. If you did everything right, your cocktail should be frothy, vaguely orange, and highly drinkable.