The French martini is a collision of lush pineapple juice and the smooth flavor of black raspberry liqueur, intermingled with crisp vodka and served straight up. The “French” part of the equation comes from the use of Chambord — a vanilla-infused berry liqueur — that is produced in France and works deliciously in this cocktail. For the best results, use freshly squeezed pineapple juice when creating this zingy libation.
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce raspberry or black raspberry liqueur
- 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 lemon
While the lemon twist is the classic garnish for this cocktail, you can also use the elements of the drink for embellishment.
Cut a small triangle wedge of pineapple. Thread a raspberry onto a decorative cocktail pricker, then spear the piece of pineapple. Slip the garnish onto the slide of the cocktail glass before serving.
For a variation on taste, use 2 ounces of vanilla-flavored vodka in place of plain vodka. This blends especially well when mixing with Chambord because it brings out and highlights the vanilla notes in the liqueur.