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Mix up a fruity French martini, then check out our passion fruit martini, espresso martini, vesper martini and more easy martini recipes. We also have more retro cocktail recipes here.


Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your French martini to the next level.

What is a French martini?

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.

French martini ingredients

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.

Bar hacks

Shake the cocktail well to ensure a smooth and creamy mouthfeel to the drink. Use a chilled martini glass.

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Make it a non-alcoholic French martini

Swap the vodka for a non-alcoholic white spirit.


French martini recipe

Ingredients

  • 50ml vodka
  • 15ml raspberry liqueur
  • 40ml pineapple juice
  • 1 raspberry, to garnish

Method

  • STEP 1

    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.

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