How to Make a French Martini

By Candi Canncel

Start to Finish: 5 minutesServings: 1Level of Difficulty: Beginner

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.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce raspberry or black raspberry liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 lemon

Directions

The Martini

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Pour in the vodka, black raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice.

Shake the ingredients vigorously for 10 seconds.

Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish the drink with a twist of lemon.

The Lemon Twist

Bon Appetit notes that a well-crafted cocktail isn't complete without the right garnish.

Create the lemon garnish for this martini by using a vegetable peeler and peeling off a thin slice of the peel of the lemon with as little of the white pith as possible.

Alternatively, you can create a decorative spiral zest by using a V-shaped bar instrument called a channeling knife. Puncture the lemon with the knife then run it along the skin to peel off a thin zest of lemon.

Float either the peel or the spiral on the top of the drink.

Variations

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.