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Feeling fruity? A French martini is a simple, fragrant blend of raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice and vodka. Garnish with a single raspberry
Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your French martini to the next level.
Emerging in the late 80s and 90s, the French martini exemplifies the era’s vogue for fruity and sweet vodka cocktails. It’s not what you’d classically call a martini – made with pineapple juice, vodka and raspberry liqueur, it’s smooth and easy drinking.
Be restrained with your use of liqueur and pineapple juice (use the freshest you can find) to ensure the drink doesn’t become too sweet. Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur is classically used here, but try playing around with other berry liqueurs such as crème de cassis. Use a good-quality vodka – we’ve tried and tested the best ones here.
Shake the cocktail well to ensure a smooth and creamy mouthfeel to the drink. Use a chilled martini glass.
Take your skills to the next level with this handy cocktail kit from the olive shop. Completed with easy-to-use cobbler shaker, double jigger, fine mesh strainer and bar spoon, it has everything you need to make next-level drinks at home. Buy here.
Swap the vodka for a non-alcoholic white spirit.
Put everything in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake really well (this creates a foamy layer on top of the drink). Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a raspberry.