The French Martini isn’t a drink that you’re going to find on too many craft cocktail menus right now, but there was a time when this drink was a huge favorite on the cocktail scene. The cocktail is a fruity, slightly sweet vodka drink that combines fresh pineapple juice and Chambord. Chambord is a a French liqueur – hence the name of the cocktail – made primarily from black raspberries, honey and vanilla. The liqueur is sweet and absolutely delicious when drizzled over ice cream and paired with a few fresh berries, if you happen to have a bottle and aren’t sure how to use it other than making this particular cocktail. It’s actually also a nice addition to a wide variety of spring and summer drinks, where a burst of rich fruitiness goes a long way.
The ingredients are combined in a shaker and shaken vigorously with ice to combine them. Pineapple juice foams up as you shake it, giving the drink a nice layer of froth that sits atop the pink cocktail. It’s surprisingly aromatic (thanks to some herbs that are used in making the Chambord), very smooth and with a finish that leaves you with pleasant notes of both pineapple and berry. It’s easy drinking when it is served ice cold.
Now, I used a vintage coupe glass and not a traditional v-shaped martini glass to serve my drink, but obviously a traditional martini is the ideal glass to serve this in. You don’t need any garnish, but a wedge of pineapple will look nice if you happen to have one around. I typically use canned pineapple juice (with nothing added), but I’ll definitely save a wedge if I have the whole fruit!
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz Chambord
2 oz pineapple juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass.