Vodka and Chambord shaken with pressed pineapple juice garnished with a raspberry. This modern classic is sweet and fruity, a great choice for anyone planning an easy-drinking cocktail menu.
Vodka, Chambord, Pineapple Juice.
*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.
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.
For a vodka based menu that features the French Martini some more balanced accompaniments could include cocktails like the Cosmopolitan, a tart dry mixture of vodka cranberry and lime or even a classic vodka or dirty Martini for those wanting a full spectrum of vodka drinks.
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.
Some claim the French Martini was invented at one of Keith McNally’s New York bars in the 1980’s. Other accounts are that it was created by Chambord as a marketing promotion. Dale DeGroff considers this the cocktail that kicked started the new Martini phase – cocktails called Martinis but that are not true to the classic Martini.
Myths & Legends
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.
“And despite what you may have heard, the French Martini wasn’t invented by Chambord as part of a marketing campaign, although it would be hard to deny that the French Martini has done a lot to promote the black raspberry liqueur. It emerged in the late 1980’s in New York where it was popularised at restaurateur Keith McNally’s bars.”
- Simon Difford, Difford’s Guide
Ingredients & Equipment
The French Martini is such a simple cocktail that the quality of your ingredients will affect it greatly, The vodka you use doesn’t matter that much but there is no substitute for Chambord. When using pineapple juice try to pick the best juice you can find. We recommend using Eager Juice, Eager juices are specially designed for use in mixology, they’re made from whole fruits and are 100% natural. If you can’t get hold of Eager try to use the best quality pineapple juice you can find.
- 50ml Vodka
- 15ml Chambord
- 50ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
- Fresh Raspberry to Garnish
- Hawthorne Strainer
- Fine Strainer
- Martini Glass or Coupette
- Cubed Ice
- Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
- Take your Boston glass or small tin
- 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
- Shake VERY hard for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
- Remove your glass from the freezer or empty it of ice
- Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain the cocktail into your chilled Martini glass or coupette
- Garnish with a fresh raspberry
- Serve and enjoy!
For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.
Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.