Sure, you could make the French Martini with vodka, but why would you? It’s much better with gin. One could describe this martini cocktail as well balanced, with just enough berry flavor and just enough sweet and tart from the pineapple.
This martini sounds fancy enough, so logically, it was created in France…but NO. New York is the city of origin, in the 1980’s, no less. There are rumors that Chambord actually created this cocktail are seemingly rampant and untrue at the same time? And does it really matter? Not really sure, and it’s still delicious.
The French Martini with Gin
- 2 Oz. Gin
- .5 Oz. Chambord
- 1 Oz. Pineapple juice
- Raspberries or Blackberries for garnish
- Simple! Start your martini glass chilling.
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into your martini glass.
- Garnish with fresh berries. Blackberries, raspberries, or both.
Some thoughts on the French Martini with gin.
I typically start with a simple London dry gin for cocktails that add a lot of other flavors, like this one. Bombay is one that we like, and even Seagram’s has a subtle and reliable gin that works well in these types of drinks. I tend to save the spicy, floral, and fruity gins for cocktails that highlight the gin.
The Chambord adds just a smidge of raspberry flavor. Half an ounce seems to do the trick to add a hint of berry. Use more if you love berries, or if you want a super pink drink and give zero poops at to how it tastes. Use less if you only want the mere thought of a berry in your martini.
Be wary of what type of pineapple juice you use for this drink. It might just be too sweet, so look for brands without added ingredients. If you end up with some super tart juice, add some sugar to your cocktail. Simple is good, so is turbinado sugar if you want to be super fancy. Your call.