The Martini is a classic drink known for its strength and alcoholic content – but everyone loves a good twist on a classic.
The French Martini is a lighter version of its older sibling; although it retains the vodka, the vermouth is swapped in favour of Chambord and a good slug of pineapple juice is added to give it a fruity hint. That isn’t to say that the booze flavour is gone – it isn’t – but this cocktail is the epitome of delicate and could easily be overpowered by even strong food, never mind any other drinks that might be available at the time.
It is a fun, fragrant drink though and certainly flamboyant (that shade of pink is what you get when you invent a drink in the 80’s!) so I would definitely give it a try even if it’s just for the sake of saying that you have. If nothing else, the French Martini is perfect for a summer’s eve or even an adult picnic – I can imagine this would go down a treat with some sandwiches or even a light cake (or two). Maybe I just want an afternoon tea, who knows!
Just make sure you pick quality pineapple juice that has the least amount of bits in it to avoid unsightly glass issues which, as you can see in the image below, I was a victim of. RIP glass clarity, gone too soon.
♦ 1 ½ ounces vodka
♦ ½ ounce Chambord
♦ 1 ounce pineapple juice
Shake all the ingredients together – vigorously! – and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Enjoy!