The French Martini - Fun Cocktail Review & Simple How To


I have the pleasure to introduce you to a French Martini. Let's take a look at the 3 ingredients and 5 easy steps to making this shaken not stirred cocktail.


This cocktail was such a delight to drink. So much so, I topped up our supplies as soon as they ran out.

If you are assuming this drink tastes anything like a standard Martini then, my friend, you are wrong. As a cocktail fan many people presume I will be beaming with joy when they buy me a traditional Martini. Yet, sadly I don’t drink it like a Bond girl and it wouldn't be high on my list of enjoyable cocktails.

If you struggle to drink the legendary Martini cocktail, you may like this alternative.

You can get this delicious liquid in your glass by mixing the following ingredients:

  • Chambord ½ fl oz

  • Vodka 1 ½ fl oz

  • Pineapple Juice 2 fl oz

I used Smirnoff vodka, but Chambord recommends Finlandia Vodka. Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur.

If you are having trouble working out the amounts, it might help to know that shot glasses tend to hold 2oz. Make two drinks at once with 2 shots of Pineapple Juice, 1 ½ shots of Vodka and ½ a shot of Chambord.

Basic barman/ barmaid skills at the ready:

  1. Chuck ice into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add your ingredients, in no particular order.

  3. Close it up and shake it like a Polaroid picture.

  4. Pour over ice.

  5. Drink up.

If you don’t get froth, shake the remaining liquid and ice – give it some welly.

Glass: Martini glasses are clearly the best choice. My picture is with a Margarita glass because I do love their shape. Plonk it in a mug if you must.

Shaking: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could take all three ingredients as individual shots and use your mouth as a shaker. However that would be damn-right daft so to be a little more conventional and use a food mixer or even a container (with a lid!). It is worth the effort to get the cool taste and impressive froth.

My review: I'd recommend this for anyone who fancies being fooled into thinking they are relaxing on a tropical beach. The vodka dims the sweet taste of the liquor and pineapple, while the ice settles the vodka so you have a nice medium strength taste. The froth is simply a bonus, for that swish look.

I have also quizzed the Mr on his thoughts. His review: It has a sharp and tangy taste with a nice combination of flavours mixing classic with the Caribbean. It’s smooth and an all round drinkable cocktail.

Well we must dash, we have cocktails to finish off.

Hopefully I MayInspire you to shake up your life (and drink responsibly)!

MORE VODKA: For more vodka cocktail inspiration check out the Blue Lagon cocktail, also known as the Fruit Tingle cocktail.

SHOW ME GIN: For Gin lovers, check out The Gin Amazon, created by Arthur Lowe.

RUM TASTING: If you are more of a rum drinker, make sure to check out these 5 steps to rum tasting.


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