French Martini Cocktail

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  • This classic French Martini recipe is a timeless cocktail perfect all year long with flavors of pineapple juice and raspberry liquor.

    french martini kiss in a martini glass with lemon twist

    Don’t let the fancy name fool you, with just four ingredients, this martini recipe is incredibly easy to make at home! 

    What is a French Martini?

    A true french martini is made with vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord. Chambord is the cornerstone of the cocktail and one of the reasons it got its name. 

    ingredients for french martini

    While it is usually served as a cocktail in a martini glass, it also gained popularity as a shot using the same recipe.

    What is Chambord?

    Chambord is a french liqueur from the Loire Valley region in France. It is a cognac based raspberry liqueur made from red and black raspberries, citrus peel, vanilla and honey.

    pouring chambord into a cocktail shaker

    It has a beautiful deep berry color and a sweet berry flavor which makes it a wonderful addition to any of your favorite cocktails. 

    PRO TIP: You can Chambord at most premium spirit stores. It is a great addition for your bar and is used to make many popular cocktails. 

    How to Make a French Kiss Martini

    Making a french martini is easier than it looks! Simply fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour the ingredients in. Shake and pour into chilled martini glasses. 

    overhead of french martini garnished with a lemon twist and fresh raspberry

    You’ll Need:

    • Vodka
    • Chambord Liqueur
    • Pineapple Juice

    Don’t forget to top with classic garnishes before serving! 

    Garnishing Ideas

    A french martini will taste great as it is, but if you want to take it up a notch you can add garnishes. 

    angle of two martini cocktails with garnish

    Traditionally, this martini is served with a lemon twist and fresh raspberry. 

    How to make a lemon twist 

    Making a lemon twist is extremely simple. Take a slice of lemon and cut around the rind. Then wrap the rind around a straw or toothpick and hold in place for about a minute. 

    side view of garnished french martinis

    The lemon rind will not affect the flavor of the cocktail the same way a squeeze of fresh lemon would. It just imparts a very subtle and mild zesty aroma that compliments the raspberry liqueur everytime you take a sip. 

    It is also a bartending trick to add something with high fragrance to the rim of the glass so you get a nice whiff while sipping. This can dramatically change the flavor profile of a drink.

    pouring martini out of a shaker

    French Martini Variations

    I love a classic french martini, but if you are looking to change things up you can make the following changes:

    1. Use flavored vodka. Try berry, raspberry or pineapple for an extra fruity punch of flavor. 
    2. Add champagne for a sparkling french martini. Simply follow the directions below, and then top your martini with 2 ounces of champagne or other sparkling wine.
    3. Flavor the rim of the glass with fruit. Drag pineapple, lemon or raspberry around the rim for extra flavor with each sip. 

    Pairing Suggestions

    This French Martini cocktail is absolutely delicious on it’s own, but if you are looking to serve it with food I have a few suggestions for you.

    french martinis with ingredients and garnishes

    When thinking about what foods to serve with cocktails, it is important to think of the flavor profile of the drink rather than the actual ingredients. 

    When you choose what dishes to serve, you should focus on either compare or contrast with the overall flavors of the drink.

    Complementary Pairing Suggestions

    Flavors that complement this cocktail would be sweet, deep, rich berry flavors or recipes that are sweet and contain raspberries or pineapple. 

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    French Martini Cocktail

    This classic French Martini recipe is a timeless cocktail perfect all year long with flavors of pineapple juice and raspberry liquor! So easy!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: French
    Keyword: french kiss, french martini
    Servings: 1
    Calories: 197kcal
    Author: Karen Affholter

    Ingredients

    • 2 ounces vodka
    • ½ ounce chambord liqueur
    • 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
    • lemon twist and raspberry for garnish , optional

    Instructions

    • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
    • Pour in the vodka, chambord and pineapple juice, replace the lid and shake until well mixed.
    • Pour into frosted martini glasses and garnish with lemon twist and fresh raspberry.
    • If you've tried this cocktail, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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