Vodka, raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice make the perfect classic French martini refreshing and stylish. With just 3 ingredients, anyone can make this easy cocktail in their own home. No more paying expensive bar prices you become the bartender – let’s get mixing!
Why you’ll love this easy cocktail recipe
What ingredients do I need?
You’ll need all the ingredients shown in the photograph below.
How to make a French martini with step by step instructions
It’s easy to make a French martini if you follow our simple instructions
A full printable recipe and the measurements in both US customary and metric are available in the recipe card below.
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, and add vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice.
Secure the lid to the shaker and shake vigorously for approximately 30 seconds.
Strain the French martini into a chilled martini glass, making sure that you give time for the foam to strain through.
Garnish with fresh raspberries, serve and enjoy – cheers!
We hope you love making and drinking our French martini and would love to know how you got on with making it.
Please leave a comment below and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Recipe notes and expert tips
Just one sip. That’s all it took for us to be hooked on this refreshing yet sweet French martini cocktail. You’d better run to the store because you’re going to want to make this!
Even though there are so many cocktail recipes around, we just can’t get enough of martinis.
And they are SO popular now!
There are so many variations and our favorites (apart from the French martini recipe).
Another fruity and refreshingly sweet martini that we love is the passion fruit martini.
What is a French martini?
A French Martini is a simple 3 ingredient cocktail that’s made with vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord liqueur.
It’s a modern day classic, thought to have been devised in the late 1980s in New York.
The martini really took off and was on most New York bar menus by the mid 1990s and continues to be very popular.
You’ve got to give it a try!
Why is it called a French Martini?
Because one of the key ingredients is French!
French Martinis were named after Chambord, the French liquor which is made from juicy blackberries and raspberries along with Cognac.
Chambord is a very old company that has been producing raspberry liqueur since the late 1600s.
Is it shaken or stirred?
Remember James Bond asking for his martini to be shaken and not stirred?
Well, our French martini is exactly that – shaken!
You shake it in the cocktail shaker, so the flavors combine and the drink is chilled.
Nobody wants a warm cocktail!
I don’t have a cocktail shaker, can I still make it?
Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
And while what we’re suggesting isn’t perfect, it will get the job done until you can get your hands on a cocktail shaker.
Simply use a large mason jar with a lid – that’s it!
And you’ll need something to fine strain your cocktail with.
Just use a tea strainer!
What’s an alternative to Chambord?
Chambord is a French black raspberry liqueur with a distinctly flavored.
You could use creme de cassis which is a black currant liqueur.
Or you can use Creme de mure which is a blackberry liqueur.
If you use either of these liqueurs, then we’d recommend using raspberry vodka to get that raspberry flavor.
Naturally, the flavors will change the taste of your French martini, but you’ll still enjoy it.
Can I use gin in a French martini
Yes, you can use gin!
Naturally, it’ll have a botanical twist to it, but it’ll work just fine.
More easy martini recipes for you to enjoy
If you like our flavored martini recipe, then you should try these martini recipes!
French Martini cocktail recipe
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add vodka, Chambord, or creme de cassis, and pineapple juice and shake vigorously for approximately 30 secondsIce cubes, 2 oz Vodka, ½ oz Chambord or creme de cassis, 1 oz Pineapple juice
- Strain into your cocktail glass, add a raspberry for garnish, serve and enjoy!
Use fresh pineapple juice and your martini will taste so much better
Use a chilled cocktail glass, it keeps your martini cooler for longer, just put it in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes, but preferably a couple of hours before you need it
No fresh raspberries?
Use a lemon twist or citrus peel to garnish instead
Use a high quality vodka if you can, buy the best you can afford, and it does make a difference
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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