You'll love this easy French Martini! This cocktail is made with vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord. That's right, it's only 3 ingredients!
The French Martini is one of my favorite martini recipes! This sweet cocktail was invented in New York City Bars in the 1980s and has been popular in the United States ever since! There are many variations today, but the original recipe has vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord.
This sophisticated cocktail might be a sweet drink, but it has a hint of tart pineapple balanced with the French raspberry liqueur and smooth vodka.
This amazing drink got it's name because of the addition of the berry French liqueur. The sweetness of the liqueur makes it one of the most classic sweet vodka cocktails.
We love this easy recipe for a girl's night, a game night with friends, or a pre-dinner date night cocktail! This cocktail is also great for entertaining since it's so easy to make!
You can make this a batch cocktail by making the drink and chilling without ice in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Here's why you'll love this easy cocktail recipe.
Refreshing - This French Martini is so refreshing. I love this on a hot day with an extra lemon twist! You could even add soda water and make it a spritz.
Unique - This cocktail is full of French ingredients that you might not have tried yet! Chambord is a sweet raspberry liqueur that adds the perfect amount of soft fruitiness to this drink. The subtle tartness pairs beautifully with the It's a great reason to add some variety to your liquor cabinet and impress your friends!
Easy - Although the flavor is complex, this drink is so easy to make! There are just a few ingredients and minimal steps to make this recipe. It will become one of your favorite cocktails in no time.
Here are the ingredients you will need for this classic cocktail:
- Vodka - I like Grey Goose, but you can use any high quality vodka you have on hand
- Pineapple Juice - Use the freshest pineapple juice you can! You can substitute with lemon juice or lime juice if needed.
- Chambord Liqueur - Or any other raspberry liqueur, such as Creme de Cassis. You can find these in the liquor aisle of most grocery stores or liquor stores.
- Lemon - Or dehydrated citrus, for garnish
Let's make this delicious cocktail recipe together!
Add the vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liquor in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 10 seconds, until chilled.
This cocktail is served like traditional martinis, up. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve with a lemon twist or dehydrated citrus slice.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Get Creative - Once you've tried a French Martini, you can experiment with different variations. You can use a vodka with raspberry flavor or vanilla vodka to add more flavor to the cocktail. You could also add some dry vermouth for a more classic vodka martini flavor.
Use Correct Glassware - We recommend serving this cocktail up. The correct glass to serve this in is a martini glass. We recommend serving in one for the best drink experience!
Juice - Use fresh pineapple juice for the freshest taste in your cocktail.
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Cocktail Shaker - I recommend this cocktail shaker. It won't get stuck and it's super high quality!
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Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this classic recipe.
Chambord Substitution - You can substitute Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur with Creme de Cassis or any other raspberry liqueur or black currant liqueur.
Sparkling Drink - Make a sparkling French Martini by topping with an ounce of sparkling wine.
Garnish - You vary the garnish by using fresh raspberries or some dried citrus.
Frequently Asked Questions
A French Martini earned it's name from the addition of French black raspberry liqueur to the cocktail.
The French Martini cocktail is a fruity cocktail with vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice. It is different than the French 75, which is an elegant cocktail made of gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and champagne.
Chambord is a raspberry liqueur that is made in the Loire Valley of France.
What to Serve With
Check out some of these dishes that pair well with this classic French Martini recipe!
- Tomato Crostini
- Margherita Pasta
- Simple Charcuterie Board
- Marinated Mozzarella Balls
- Summer Peach Panzanella Salad
- Broccoli with Whipped Goat Cheese
Other Recipes to Try
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Pineapple Juice
- ¾ oz Chambord or any raspberry liquor
- Lemon or dehydrated citrus to serve
- Add the vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liquor in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 10 seconds, until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with a lemon twist or dehydrated citrus slice.