French Martini Recipe

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The French Martini is a contemporary classic cocktail made with vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice. It’s a unique and fruity cocktail with tropical vibes thanks to the pineapple and raspberry liqueur.

A French Martini garnished with a raspberry pictured on a marble table.

The French Martini is technically a spinoff of a classic vodka martini (see Tuxedo No. 2 cocktail for a better twist on the classic gin martini). While the original martini was made with gin, vodka is often used in its place.

The French Martini was created in the 1980s by New York bartender Allen Katz. It’s an interesting cocktail that’s fruity and balanced if made properly. You’ll still appreciate this cocktail even if you aren’t a vodka lover.

If you enjoyed this cocktail, also try some of my other vodka recipes such as the Cosmopolitan cocktail, the popular pear martini, and my delicious blueberry martini and limoncello martini.

Ingredients

French Martini cocktail ingredients on a wooden table.
  • Vodka: the base spirit for this recipe. This can be easily adjusted by using more or less to make the cocktail boozier or sweeter.
  • Pineapple Juice: I like Dole 100% pineapple juice sold in small cans. It’s perfect for cocktails and less wasteful. Make a Piña Colada with the leftover pineapple juice!
  • Chambord: a French raspberry liqueur made from red and black raspberries, Madagascar vanilla, citrus peel, honey, and cognac. It’s a nice blend of flavor, booze, and raspberry sweetness.

Cocktail Variations

If you browse online you’ll find numerous variations of this cocktail with differing parts for each ingredient. The key to the perfect French Martini is striking a balance between the pineapple juice and Chambord. You want to be able to appreciate both without one overpowering the other.

I experimented with several variations and came up with a cocktail that is right down the middle in terms of flavor, sweetness, and a subtle boozy backbone. I encourage you to explore adding more or less to see what you like the best.

How to Make a French Martini

Step 1.

Combine vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord in a cocktail shaker with a large cup of ice.

Vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice in a clear cocktail shaker.

Step 2.

Shake vigorously for 15 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe or Nick and Nora glass.

Double straining a French Martini into a chilled Nick and Nora glass.

Step 3.

Float a halved raspberry on top of the foam and serve. The pineapple juice should create a foamy collar strong enough to hold a halved raspberry.

Garnishing a frothy French Martini with a halved raspberry.

Expert Tips

  • Chill your glasses ahead of time in the freezer to keep your drinks cooler for longer. This is one of my favorite tricks in the summer.
  • This cocktail is best served in a small coupe or Nick and Nora glass.
  • Always double-strain shaken cocktails through a fine mesh strainer. This removes tiny ice chips that will dilute the cocktail as it warms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there egg white in a French Martini?

No, the pineapple juice tends to get foamy as it’s shaken, resembling a cocktail made with egg white.

What’s the difference between a martini and a French Martini?

A French Martini is a vodka martini made with raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. A classic martini is typically gin and vermouth.

What is the difference between a French 75 and a French Martini?

A French 75 is a gin-based cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, and Champagne.

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French Martini Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
The French martini a fruity cocktail with notes of vanilla, orange, and pineapple. It’s made with vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice.

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice, I like Dole 100% pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • raspberry garnish, sliced in half

Instructions 

  • Combine vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord in a cocktail shaker with a large cup of ice.
  • Shake vigorously for 15 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe or Nick and Nora glass.
  • Float a halved raspberry on top of the foam and serve.

Notes

Chill your glasses ahead of time in the freezer to keep your drinks cooler for longer. This is one of my favorite tricks in the summer.
This cocktail is best served in a small coupe or Nick and Nora glass.
Always double-strain shaken cocktails through a fine mesh strainer. This removes tiny ice chips that will dilute the cocktail as it warms.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 19.3gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSodium: 2mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 17.7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
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About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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  1. Love this recipe. I just bought some coupe glasses to make it even more festive!
    I can’t get the rating to work but this is 5 stars!
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