classic french martini
Cocktail Hour Sips,  RECIPES

Cocktail Hour ~ Classic French Martini

I’ve shared many photos of my drink experiments on my personal Facebook and Instagram accounts, as my friends and family will tell you.

Sometimes I even get requests for them. Especially if I haven’t posted one for a while.

Apparently I have fans, and they have expectations, and/or needs…haha

However, oddly enough, I have never shared any of them here on my blog.

Lucky for you, that’s all about to change, starting with one of my faves.

Tonight’s selection for cocktail hour is the French Martini.

I love this drink!

classic french martini

It’s referred to as a contemporary classic because it was invented in the 1980’s rather than during the Prohibition era like many other well known cocktails.

And it’s an easy one. Just 3 ingredients. Anybody can master this, I promise you!

I like it because, despite the pineapple juice, it’s not overly sweet.

Actually it packs a bit of a punch and one is all you really need. LOL!

The recipe below is the one I like best, but it’s not written in stone you know…

Make it sweeter by using more Chambord or more pineapple juice. Or, make it less strong by using just 1 to 1 1/2 oz of vodka. Go ahead and play with it!

Now, if you’re using a large martini glass, you might be looking at it and thinking that there’s still room for more. No worries…may I suggest topping up your drink with some Champagne or Prosecco…

VoilĂ , you’ve just made yourself a Sparkling French Martini.

And yes, its as delish as it sounds.

Classic French Martini

Classic French Martini

Servings: 1


  • 1/2 oz Chambord Liqueur or other raspberry liqueur
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2-3 fresh raspberries for garnish optional


  • Add a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker.
  • Pour Chambord, vodka and pineapple juice in to shaker, close it up and shake for about 30 seconds until contents are very cold.
  • Strain into a martini glass, add a couple of raspberries skewered through a stir stick and serve.


If your glass is large, you can top up your drink with some Champagne or Prosecco and call it a Sparkling French Martini

Enjoy. Drink responsibly. Cheers!

*Chambord is definitely the preferred choice for this drink, that’s what makes it French! However you can get very similar and great tasting results with other raspberry liqueurs if that’s what you have at home…don’t be afraid to experiment.

*if you’re not familiar with Chambord check out their website for some interesting info and to get other great recipe ideas! Here’s the link….

Chambord Liqueur

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