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"This cocktail grew in popularity after featuring on the menu for Keith Mcnally’s Balthazar bar in New York’s SoHo in the late 80’s and becoming a mainstay throughout the 90s.."

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French Martini

The French Martini is a gloriously 80’s cocktail, a pastel pink mixture, with a sweet candy-like flavour an overall great and fun cocktail.

Method

Chill a martini glass/coupette in the freezer or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice to the shaker.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using the Boston tin or lid, before shaking VERY hard for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold.

Get your coupette, empty of ice, and double strain mixture into the glass.

Garnish with a fresh raspberry

Serve and enjoy!

History

There are conflicting accounts behind the birth of the French Martini. Some claim the twist on the classic Martini was invented at one of Keith McNally’s New York bars in the 1980’s. Others insist that it was created by Chambord as an elaborate marketing stunt. Dale DeGroff considers this the cocktail that kicked started the new Martini phase – cocktails called ‘Martinis’, but that are in no way true to the classic Martini.

Despite various claims that this drink was created as part of a marketing campaign for Chambord, Simon Difford of Difford’s Guide, assures us that the drink was in fact created for Keith McNally’s Balthazar bar in SoHo New York.

Allergens
No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!
Ingredients

25ml Vodka

25ml Chambord

50ml Fresh Pineapple Juice

Fresh Raspberry to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

186 calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Chill a martini glass/coupette in the freezer or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice to the shaker.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using the Boston tin or lid, before shaking VERY hard for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold.

Get your coupette, empty of ice, and double strain mixture into the glass.

Garnish with a fresh raspberry

Serve and enjoy!

History

There are conflicting accounts behind the birth of the French Martini. Some claim the twist on the classic Martini was invented at one of Keith McNally’s New York bars in the 1980’s. Others insist that it was created by Chambord as an elaborate marketing stunt. Dale DeGroff considers this the cocktail that kicked started the new Martini phase – cocktails called ‘Martinis’, but that are in no way true to the classic Martini.

Despite various claims that this drink was created as part of a marketing campaign for Chambord, Simon Difford of Difford’s Guide, assures us that the drink was in fact created for Keith McNally’s Balthazar bar in SoHo New York.

Allergens
No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!
Recommended

The French Martini is a gloriously 80’s cocktail, a pastel pink mixture, with a sweet candy-like flavour this is a great, fun cocktail for a summery bar hire or for those looking to serve a range of vodka based cocktails.

The French Martini combines vodka, pineapple juice and the French raspberry liqueur, Chambord, from which it takes its name. This cocktail grew in popularity after featuring on the menu for Keith Mcnally’s Balthazar bar in New York’s SoHo in the late 80’s and becoming a mainstay throughout the 90s. This is a delicious and moreish cocktail but for those planning on serving it, it may be a good idea to provide some dryer, less sweet drinks alongside it.

If you want to feature more cocktails that bear a similarity to the French Martini there are loads of great fruit flavoured, martini style drinks that you could add to your menu. One hugely popular option is the Porn Star Martini, this drink combines vodka, vanilla and passion fruit with a touch of prosecco for a similarly sweet though slightly more well rounded cocktail.

If you’re interested in serving a French Martini as part of your cocktail menu and would like to know more about what drinks could sit alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser or check out some other vodka based, fruit flavoured and martini style cocktails from our list.

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