Impress your guests with this Classic French Martini Recipe, a delightful combination of vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liqueur
Before we dive into the deliciousness of this French Martini, we have to talk about Chambord. According to the mixologist gods, Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur, is required before a drink is officially a French martini. Other martinis such as the Espresso Martini or Lemon Drop are wonderful options, but when you want to do as the French do, bring out the Chambord.
Unlike some other cocktails, this one is a relative newcomer to the bar scene, having been created in the late 1980s in a restaurant in New York City (but we still call it a French Martini. Hey, I don’t make the rules). Its sweet, fruity flavor made the drink an instant favorite, and bars all over the world have been shaking and serving this cocktail.
Why You Will Love This Cocktail Recipe
Have you ever been to the beach and wanted to bottle some of it up to take home? Well, now you can. This drink is so refreshing and delicious, you’ll almost imagine your toes in the sand.
- A cocktail shaker
- A jigger or measuring tool
- A strainer
- 1.5 oz of vodka
- 1 oz of pineapple juice
- 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur e.g. Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
- Start by adding ice to your cocktail shaker.
- Next, mix the vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord into the shaker.
- Now, give the ingredients a vigorous shake.
- Strain your concoction into a martini glass.
- To finish, you can adorn it with a couple of raspberries.
Tips & Tricks for a Perfect French Martini
- Put your glass in the freezer to cool down for a few minutes before mixing and pouring your cocktail.
- Use high-quality vodka and raspberry liqueur.
- Use fresh pineapple juice if possible.
The answer is in the name: a martini glass!
A glass normally has 150-200 calories, depending on the amount of alcohol and pineapple juice. You can reduce those numbers with zero-calorie vodka and fresh pineapple juice.
Sure! Just use non-alcoholic substitutes for the vodka and raspberry liqueur. You could also blend pineapple juice and raspberry syrup with a zero-alcohol additions like sparkling wine or soda.
French Martini Variations Worth Trying
- Substitute the Chambord with a red raspberry liqueur called crème de framboise
- Use dark berry liqueurs like crème de mûre (blackberry) or crème de cassis (black currant)
How to Store
If you like to get things ready ahead of time, mix up your vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liqueur. Let it chill in the fridge until it’s party time, then toss in the ice, give it a good shake, and serve.
If you have some leftover cocktail mix, you can store it in the fridge for a few days. Make sure to shake before drinking to combine the ingredients.