This French Martini is made with just three ingredients: Chambord liqueur, vodka, and pineapple juice. What could be easier to make, to look at, and to drink?
Because Chambord is probably my favorite of all liqueurs, I thought it would be fun to try this cocktail. I had a few doubts about the pineapple juice, but those doubts were erased after I made my very first French Martini. How does it taste? It’s fruity and sweet, but not in a cloying way…the pineapple and black raspberry flavors play off of each other incredibly well. The vodka seems to intensify the vanilla, berry, and herbal flavors of the Chambord.
The color, a pinkish gold, is so pretty, and after you shake up everything over ice and pour it in your glass, there’s an impressive foamy white top. I took these photos up to ten minutes after making this drink, and the foamy top is still gorgeous.
I added two blackberries to a favorite martini pick for garnish. Chambord is made from blackberries, raspberries, black currants, cognac, vanilla, and herbs, so blackberries or raspberries are the perfect fruit to skewer for this cocktail. I think a lemon twist would be a nice garnish too.
The Chambord website itself is beautiful, with striking graphics and easy recipes. Chambord’s recipe for the French Martini can be found here. I tinkered with Chambord’s recipe just a tad, adding a bit more pineapple juice and Chambord and bit less vodka. Here’s my printable version of the recipe for the French Martini:
- 2 and ½ ounces pineapple juice
- 1 ounce vodka
- ¾ ounce Chambord
- Pour all three ingredients into a shaker.
- Fill shaker halfway with ice
- Shake for 45 seconds
- Strain into martini glass
- Garnish with one or two blackberries or raspberries on a pick or skewer.
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