French Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The French Martini is a modern classic cocktail that was created in the 1980s in New York City. It gained popularity in the 1990s and became a staple on cocktail menus around the world. The French Martini is known for its elegant presentation and smooth, fruity taste. It is often enjoyed as an aperitif or after-dinner drink.

  • The cocktail is said to have been popularized by Keith McNally, a famous restaurateur in New York City.
  • The French Martini is not a true martini, as it does not contain gin or vermouth. The name is derived from the use of Chambord, a French black raspberry liqueur.

How French Martini Tastes?

The French Martini has a rich, velvety texture with a sweet and fruity taste. The combination of pineapple juice, Chambord, and vodka creates a well-balanced flavor profile that is both refreshing and indulgent.

Interesting facts about French Martini

  • The French Martini is often credited with popularizing the use of Chambord in cocktails.
  • The cocktail is sometimes garnished with a raspberry or a lemon twist for added visual appeal and a hint of tartness.
  • The French Martini is typically served in a chilled martini glass, which helps to maintain its cold temperature and elegant presentation.


A few good options for French Martini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Used as the cocktail's base, 1.5 oz of vodka provides a clean canvas that supports the other flavors. It's like the foundation of your drink-house—without it, things would just flop. Too little, and the drink is weak; too much, and you’re one step closer to a paint stripper.

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Adding 0.5 oz of this raspberry liqueur gives a berry brilliance to the mix, with a hint of vanilla. Skimp on this, and your French Martini loses its je ne sais quoi. Swap it out for crème de cassis, and you’re waltzing more towards a Kir Royale vibe.

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Pineapple Juice

This is where the French Martini gets its tropical shirt on. The 1.5 oz makes it sweet and slightly tangy. Leave it out, and it's like leaving your umbrella at home on a rainy day—not the same. Use canned for convenience or go fresh for that ‘just picked’ punch.

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Fresh Raspberry

One raspberry as garnish screams 'I took effort!'. It adds a splash of color and a nibble of elegance. No raspberry, and it's like forgetting your bowtie at a black-tie event—still classy, but not quite complete.

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Lemon Twist (Optional)

A zest of lemon can add a twist of brightness—think of it as the drink's sunny disposition. Go without, and nobody will cry, but it’s like turning down a chance to wear a fancy hat. Why would you?

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Recipe. How to make French Martini Drink

  1. Chill a martini glass by placing it in the freezer for a few minutes.
  2. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker: Add 1.5 oz vodka, 0.5 oz Chambord, and 1.5 oz pineapple juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill and mix the ingredients.
  4. Strain the cocktail into the chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a fresh raspberry and an optional lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh pineapple juice for a more vibrant and fresh flavor.
  • Double strain the cocktail to remove any small ice shards or fruit pulp.
  • Chill your glass in advance to keep your cocktail colder for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Croquettes: Their crispy texture and creamy filling contrast with the fruity and refreshing quality of the French Martini.
  • Cheese Plate: A selection of cheeses, particularly soft varieties like Brie or goat cheese, complement the rich flavors of Chambord.


  • Chocolate Truffles: The sweetness of the cocktail pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate.
  • Fruit Tart: A dessert that mirrors the fruit components of the drink, like a raspberry tart, is an excellent match.


  • Asian Fusion: The tropical notes of pineapple can go nicely with the sweet and savory flavors found in Asian fusion dishes.

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What you could change in French Martini

  • Chambord: Can be substituted with any other black raspberry liqueur.
  • Vodka: Try it with gin for a different twist.
  • Pineapple Juice: Orange juice or cranberry juice can be used as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Island Martini

  • Ingredients: Substitute vodka with coconut rum, and add a splash of blue curaçao.
  • Recipe: Follow the original French Martini recipe, but use 1.5 oz of coconut rum instead of vodka, and add a 0.25 oz of blue curaçao. Shake well and strain into a glass. The drink will have a tropical island twist with a hint of coconut and a striking blue hue.

Berry Blast Martini

  • Ingredients: Add muddled mixed berries and a splash of soda water.
  • Recipe: Before adding the original ingredients, muddle a few mixed berries in the shaker. Follow the rest of the steps from the French Martini recipe, and top off with a splash of soda water for some fizz. This will add an explosion of berry flavors and a refreshing effervescence. Perfect for those summer soirées.

Spicy French Martini

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce.
  • Recipe: Along with the other French Martini ingredients, add a small slice of jalapeño (seeds removed to keep it tame) or a dash of your favorite hot sauce into the shaker. The capsaicin kick will provide a warming contrast to the fruity pineapple and luxurious Chambord.

In case you forgot basics how to make French Martini

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on French Martini

What glassware is typically used to serve a French Martini?

While the French Martini is typically served in a martini glass, it can also be served in a coupe glass if preferred.

What is the alcohol content of Chambord?

The alcohol content of Chambord liqueur is approximately 16.5%.

Can I make a French Martini if I'm allergic to pineapple?

Yes. While pineapple is a traditional ingredient in a French Martini, you could substitute it with another fruit juice if you're allergic to pineapple. Consult the specific cocktail recipe for alternatives.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the French Martini?

Yes. A non-alcoholic, or mocktail, version of a French Martini can be made by substituting the vodka and Chambord with non-alcoholic alternatives.

What is the best time to enjoy a French Martini?

The French Martini is versatile, but it is often enjoyed as a pre-dinner or cocktail hour drink.

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