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French Martini Cocktail

This French martini is vibrant, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. All you need is vodka of choice, Chambord, and pineapple juice to make this sophisticated yet easy cocktail. It’s perfect for happy hour and dinner parties alike!

A coupe glass with an amber cocktail with raspberries as garnish

This is such an underrated cocktail. Most people don’t even know what I’m talking about when I say I’m going to make a French martini.

And while they may think its pale orange color is pretty once they see it, they’re not exactly convinced it’s going to be particularly good.

It’s true, the raspberry flavor is subtle, but in combination with vodka and pineapple juice, it creates a cocktail so scrumptious, you’ll want to make (and drink!) more than one.

In fact, this might even become one of the best-loved martini recipes in your cocktail repertoire, the way it did with mine.

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A short history of the French martini

Invented in the 1980s at one of Keith McNally’s New York City bars, the French martini quickly spread to his other bars, where it became a sensation and one of the most popular cocktails of its time.

Helpful tips

  • Want extra raspberry taste? Use my homemade, raspberry-infused vodka for a kick of extra flavor.
  • I’ve been known to garnish this martini with citrus peel, but lately I prefer to use fresh raspberries on martini picks.
  • Don’t have the budget for Chambord? No problem. There are plenty of more affordable raspberry liqueurs available that you can substitute.
  • Want your cocktail to stay colder a little longer? Use a martini glass that’s been chilled in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.

How to make the French martini recipe

Pre-step

Get a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Also get a measuring glass and your glassware. I use one martini glass and one coupe glass.

After measuring out the ingredients, add them to the cocktail shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – Black raspberry liqueur, like Chambord, vodka, and pineapple juice. (A)

Step two

Measure 4 ounces of vodka. (B)

Left - vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. Right - vodka measured out

Step three

Measure 1 ounce of black raspberry liqueur. (C)

Step four

Measure 2.5 ounces of pineapple juice. (D)

Chambord and pineapple juice measured out

Step five

Cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain, divide and pour the liquid into the glasses.

Step six

Place 3 fresh raspberries on each martini pick.

Step seven

Add the raspberry garnish to each cocktail.

A metal tray with two martini's on it with raspberries as garnish

Look at that color! Gorgeous.

two glasses filled with the French martini on a metal tray with raspberries as garnish

Here’s one vertical view.

Vertical view of the two martini glasses filled with the French cocktail with raspberries as garnish and on the tray

Mmm. It is so delicious!

I hope you enjoyed French martini cocktail recipe.

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Square photo of two cocktail glasses filled with a amber martini with raspberries on the tray and in the drinks

French Martini Cocktail

This French martini is vibrant, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. All you need is vodka of choice, Chambord, and pineapple juice to make this sophisticated yet easy cocktail. It’s perfect for happy hour and dinner parties alike!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: French martini cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 204kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Chambord
  • 2.5 ounces pineapple juice

Garnish

Instructions

Make It!

  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  • Add vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice.
    4 ounces vodka, 1 ounce Chambord, 2.5 ounces pineapple juice
  • Cap shaker and shake at least 15 seconds.
  • Strain into glass and add the raspberry garnish to each glass.
    6 fresh raspberries
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • Want extra raspberry taste? Use my homemade, raspberry-infused vodka for a kick of extra flavor.
  • I’ve been known to garnish this martini with citrus peel, but lately I prefer to use fresh raspberries on martini picks.
  • Don’t have the budget for Chambord? No problem. There are plenty of more affordable raspberry liqueurs available that you can substitute.
  • Want your cocktail to stay colder a little longer? Use a martini glass that’s been chilled in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 73mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 5.7mg
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26 Comments

  1. This sounds pretty yummy! I will have to try this one. This would be perfect for a small gathering of friends and a night in.

  2. This looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it with my new favorite vodka, Cirrus. It makes every cocktail I’ve had even smoother!

  3. I’m a recent convert to martinis so I shall give this one a try! I can totally see a cancan dancers skirt here. And what a wonderful reunion you had! Very lucky they found you ????

  4. This was such an easy and refreshing cocktail to make for the guests we had over this weekend! Everyone loved it!

  5. I made this refreshing martini a few weekends back and loved it! Decided we were going to make it again for an upcoming dinner party!

  6. Whenever I want a classic cocktail, I’m going to be reaching for this tasty drink. I love the pineapple juice in it.