French Martini Cocktail Drink

French Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This French Martini recipe has all the ingredients for a top-notch cocktail. It’s simple to make and delivers a smooth and delightful taste.

Best French Martini Recipe

Indulge in the elegance of a French Martini recipe! With vodka, pineapple juice, and a splash of Chambord, this cocktail is a must-try for your next soirée.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

157 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Vodka
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • ½ oz Chambord
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist or raspberry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Martini Glass
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your Martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice to chill.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka into the shaker.
  • Add Chambord: Measure and pour ½ oz Chambord into the shaker.
  • Add Pineapple Juice: Add 1 oz pineapple juice to the mix.
  • Prepare Shaker: Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Vigorously: Seal the shaker and shake the ingredients well.
  • Strain: Remove the ice from your Martini glass and fine-strain the shaken mixture.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon twist or some raspberries skewered onto a stick for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: If I run out of vodka, I find that gin makes a nice alternative. It adds a more botanical profile to the drink.
  • Chambord: If Chambord isn't in the cabinet, I've used Creme de Cassis or a raspberry-flavored liqueur. The flavor changes a bit, but it's still delicious.
  • Pineapple Juice: I've used orange juice as a last-minute substitute. It’s a different flavor but blends well.

Making a Pitcher of French Martini:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 12 oz of vodka, 8 oz of pineapple juice, and 4 oz of Chambord.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Martini glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka alternative, which you can find in some specialty stores.
  • Chambord Substitute: Make a raspberry simple syrup by boiling raspberry juice and sugar.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a non-alcoholic French Martini.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Ingredients: Ensure that the Chambord and other ingredients are vegan. Chambord is generally considered vegan, but always double-check.
  • Garnish: Use a vegan-friendly garnish like a lemon twist.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
157
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Potassium
 
42
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

French Martini Cocktail Drink

Best French Martini Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in the elegance of a French Martini recipe! With vodka, pineapple juice, and a splash of Chambord, this cocktail is a must-try for your next soirée.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 157

Ingredients
 

  • oz Vodka
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • ½ oz Chambord
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist or raspberry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Martini Glass
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your Martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice to chill.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka into the shaker.
  • Add Chambord: Measure and pour ½ oz Chambord into the shaker.
  • Add Pineapple Juice: Add 1 oz pineapple juice to the mix.
  • Prepare Shaker: Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Vigorously: Seal the shaker and shake the ingredients well.
  • Strain: Remove the ice from your Martini glass and fine-strain the shaken mixture.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon twist or some raspberries skewered onto a stick for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: If I run out of vodka, I find that gin makes a nice alternative. It adds a more botanical profile to the drink.
  • Chambord: If Chambord isn't in the cabinet, I've used Creme de Cassis or a raspberry-flavored liqueur. The flavor changes a bit, but it's still delicious.
  • Pineapple Juice: I've used orange juice as a last-minute substitute. It’s a different flavor but blends well.

Making a Pitcher of French Martini:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 12 oz of vodka, 8 oz of pineapple juice, and 4 oz of Chambord.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Martini glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka alternative, which you can find in some specialty stores.
  • Chambord Substitute: Make a raspberry simple syrup by boiling raspberry juice and sugar.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a non-alcoholic French Martini.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Ingredients: Ensure that the Chambord and other ingredients are vegan. Chambord is generally considered vegan, but always double-check.
  • Garnish: Use a vegan-friendly garnish like a lemon twist.

What is a French Martini Cocktail?

A French Martini is a vodka-based cocktail with Chambord and pineapple juice. Though the name suggests a connection to the classic Martini, the French Martini sets itself apart with its unique blend of flavors. A French Martini is straightforward to enjoy despite its elegance and leaves a lasting impression. The drink is officially listed and classified under “New Era drinks” by the International Bartender Association(IBA).

A French Martini cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a black stone plate placed on a white table with red raspberries around and a bar spoon.

What is a Perfect French Martini made of – The ingredients

To begin making your French Martini, gather these ingredients:

  • Vodka: Serves as the base spirit, providing the cocktail’s foundational kick.
  • Pineapple Juice: Adds a tropical fruitiness that balances the cocktail.
  • Chambord: Raspberry liqueur that elevates the drink with a berry sweetness.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the ingredients, making the cocktail refreshing.
  • Lemon twist or Raspberry: Optional garnish that adds a subtle zest or a berry note to the finished drink.

Vodka, liqueur and pineapple juice laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a French Martini?

Follow our detailed yet simple step-by-step guide to make a French Martini:

1
<p>First, chill your Martini glass by placing it in the freezer or filling it with ice.</p>

First, chill your Martini glass by placing it in the freezer or filling it with ice.

2
<p>Pour 1½ oz of vodka into the shaker, setting the stage for the cocktail’s primary spirit.</p>

Pour 1½ oz of vodka into the shaker, setting the stage for the cocktail’s primary spirit.

3
<p>Measure and pour ½ oz of Chambord into the shaker, contributing a raspberry sweetness.</p>

Measure and pour ½ oz of Chambord into the shaker, contributing a raspberry sweetness.

4
<p>Add 1 oz of pineapple juice to introduce a tropical flavor profile.</p>

Add 1 oz of pineapple juice to introduce a tropical flavor profile.

5
<p>Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Seal the cocktail shaker and shake the ingredients vigorously, ensuring a well-mixed drink.</p>

Seal the cocktail shaker and shake the ingredients vigorously, ensuring a well-mixed drink.

7
<p>Remove the ice from your martini glass and fine strain the shaken mixture from the shaker, leaving any ice shreds behind.</p>

Remove the ice from your martini glass and fine strain the shaken mixture from the shaker, leaving any ice shreds behind.

8
<p>Add a lemon twist or raspberry garnish for a final touch of elegance or a berry note.</p>

Add a lemon twist or raspberry garnish for a final touch of elegance or a berry note.

French Martini with Gin

Most people opt for vodka as the base spirit. But switching it up with gin can add an exciting layer of complexity to this modern classic. Unlike vodka, gin brings in botanical notes that can complement the fruity flavors of pineapple and raspberry liqueur. If you want to try gin in your French Martini, use a less juniper-heavy brand. Something like Bombay Sapphire offers a milder flavor profile that won’t overpower the cocktail’s other elements. Another solid choice could be Hendrick’s, known for its floral and cucumber notes. My suggestion for a seamless blend of flavors would be Tanqueray No. Ten. It’s smooth, citrus-forward, and plays well with fruit and liqueurs. 

French Martini Mixer

French Martini, pre-mixed cans and bottles have become increasingly popular. You’ve got choices like Clubtails, offering a portable French Martini in a can, and Monaco, which delivers a balanced and fruity experience in a stylish can. But the cream of the crop has to be On The Rocks. They offer a bottled French Martini made with top-shelf vodka and genuine Chambord. It’s the closest you’ll get to a freshly mixed French Martini without doing the work yourself.

A French Martini cocktail, shot close from a side, in a martini glass and garnish with three red raspberries on a white red background.

French Martini Variations

Feeling a bit adventurous? Try a cocktail from our large selection of Martini variants:

  • Peachy Keen: Sweet and aromatic peach schnapps bring a ripe, peachy flavor to this cocktail. The schnapps enhance the fruity taste, making it a refreshing and summery choice.
  • Tropical Twist: Mango juice is introduced here, elevating the tropical flavor. Its rich, exotic sweetness is perfect for a lush and flavorful experience.
  • Black and Blue: Featuring blue curaçao, this cocktail adds a colorful and citrusy twist. The blue curaçao provides unique visual appeal and a delightful citrus note, making it visually striking and flavorful.
  • Violet Martini: Crème de violette is used to bring in floral notes. It adds an elegant and aromatic quality, creating a sophisticated and fragrant profile.
  • Kiwi Crush: Including kiwi juice, this cocktail introduces an exotic tartness. The kiwi juice brings a fresh and tangy edge, ideal for those who enjoy a vibrant and slightly sour taste.
  • Cherry Bomb: Cherry liqueur gives this drink a rich cherry flavor and deep red hue. The liqueur provides a bold and fruity character, perfect for cherry lovers.
  • Sour Pucker: A mix of lime juice with pineapple juice adds a tangy edge to the sweetness. Lime juice contributes a zesty kick, balancing the sweetness with refreshing tartness.
  • Golden Elixir: Goldschläger cinnamon schnapps create a warm, spicy experience in this cocktail. The cinnamon schnapps adds comforting warmth and spice, ideal for those who enjoy a bit of heat in their sips.
  • Minty Fresh: Muddled mint leaves offer a refreshing twist in this drink. The mint provides a cool and crisp flavor, making it incredibly refreshing and perfect for cooling down on a hot day.
  • Spicy Kick: A dash of chili-infused vodka adds surprising and delightful heat. The chili-infused vodka brings an exciting spicy element, ideal for those who like a bit of a kick in their sips.
  • Raspberry Martini: Sweet and tart flavors of raspberries feature in this cocktail. The raspberries add a fruity and slightly tangy taste, creating a delightful balance of sweet and sour.
  • Pineapple Martini: Tropical sweetness of pineapple is included here. The pineapple brings a juicy and vibrant tropical flavor, perfect for a sunny day.
  • Blackberry Martini: Infusing the deep, rich flavors of blackberries, this cocktail is a great choice for berry enthusiasts. The blackberries add a lush and slightly tart taste.
  • Pear Martini: Incorporating the subtle and sweet flavors of pear, this martini offers a gentle, sweet essence, providing a smooth and sophisticated taste.
  • Apple Martini: Crisp and refreshing taste of apples feature in this cocktail. The apples provide a clean and fruity flavor, making it a popular choice for its light and refreshing qualities.
  • Mango Martini: Exotic and sweet flavors of mango are included, adding a tropical and rich sweetness, perfect for those who love bold and fruity flavors.
  • Strawberry Martini: Classic sweetness of strawberries infuses this cocktail. The strawberries bring a familiar and beloved fruity taste, ideal for a light and enjoyable sip.
  • Blueberry Martini: Sweet and slightly tart flavors of blueberries are incorporated, adding a subtle and delightful fruitiness, creating a smooth and enjoyable experience.
  • Passion Fruit Martini: Exotic and tangy taste of passion fruit features in this cocktail. The passion fruit adds a unique and vibrant tropical flavor, making it a standout choice for its distinctive taste.
  • Peach Martini: Sweet and aromatic flavors of peach are included. The fragrant and juicy profile of the peach martini makes it a delightful and uplifting choice.

History and Origin of the French Martini

The French Martini burst onto the cocktail scene in the 1980s when bartenders and mixologists sought to innovate and experiment with flavors. Keith McNally
, the owner of Balthazar in New York City, often receives credit for its creation, although various versions might have existed previously. McNally’s aim was to craft a drink that combined elements of a classic Martini with more exotic and fruity components.

The cocktail quickly gained popularity, especially in trendy New York bars and restaurants, where patrons appreciated its sophistication and unique blend of flavors. Unlike a traditional Martini, which typically involves gin and dry vermouth, the French Martini stood out with its mix of vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord. Interestingly, the name “French Martini” comes from including Chambord, a French raspberry liqueur, rather than any historical connection to France.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a French Martini?
A standard French Martini contains around 150 to 200 calories, depending on the specific brands of ingredients used.
How strong is a French Martini?
The alcohol by volume (ABV) usually ranges from 20% to 25%, making the proof between 40 and 50.
What type of alcohol is used in a French Martini?
Vodka serves as the base spirit in a French Martini.
In what type of glass is a French Martini served?
A French Martini is traditionally served in a chilled Martini glass.
What does a French Martini taste like?
It has a sweet, fruity profile with a hint of tartness from the pineapple juice and the rich berry notes of Chambord.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a French Martini?
A classic French Martini has a ratio of 3:2:1, which is vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord, respectively.
How is a French Martini served with ice?
The cocktail is shaken over ice but strained into the glass, serving it "up" without ice.
What's the difference between a French 75 and a French Martini?
A French 75 combines gin, champagne, lemon juice, and simple syrup, while a French Martini features vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord.
What are the three types of Martinis?
The three main types of Martinis are the Classic Martini, made with gin and dry vermouth; the Dirty Martini, which includes olive brine; and the Vodka Martini, which swaps out gin for vodka.

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