This French Martini is a bursting with flavor from fresh pineapple juice, vanilla vodka, and Chambord liqueur. It's the perfect way to kick off happy hour or wind down after a long day.
It's finally Friday - my favorite day of the week. It means the weekend is here, and it's time to relax and enjoy some family time before the chaos begins again.
So to celebrate the weekend, I thought I would start a new series on Delicious Everyday to celebrate, called Fun Fridays. (You can find all my cocktail recipes here.)
To kick off Fun Fridays, I'm sharing one of my favorite cocktails - a classic French Martini Cocktail - with a little bit of a twist.
This is a drink my husband often makes for me to celebrate the end of the week. He's a keeper, huh?
While I'm sure we've all heard of "shaken, not stirred" martinis, thanks to James Bond, you may not have heard of a French Martini.
What's in a French Martini?
What is Chambord?
Chambord is a delicious liqueur made from black raspberries, honey, vanilla and herbs.
First produced in 1685, the liqueur was apparently introduced to Louis XIV during a visit to the Château de Chambord.
Chambord invented the French Martini cocktail, as part of a global advertising campaign for the liqueur. It was obviously successful, given the popularity of the drink today.
How to Make a French Martini
To make a French martini:
- Combine ice, vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord liquer in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake and strain into a glass.
Make it a Vanilla French Martini
While the classic French Martini cocktail recipe is a simple combination of vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord - I like using vanilla vodka which adds a wonderful depth.
Don't have any vanilla vodka on hand? Simply split a vanilla bean and add the seeds from half of the vanilla bean to the cocktail shaker.
Place the leftover vanilla pods in vodka and leave them to infuse for your own homemade vanilla vodka. Yum!
If you love this martini, check out these other reader-favorite cocktail recipes:
- cocktail shaker
- 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
- 1 oz Chambord
- 2 oz pineapple juice fresh
- In a cocktail shaker, add the Vanilla Vodka, Chambord, pineapple juice, and a few cubes of ice. Shake vigorously. (The vigorous shaking will froth the pineapple juice and give you a nice foamy topping to the cocktail.)
- Strain into the martini glass, and serve with a wedge of fresh pineapple or a couple of fresh raspberries.