Famously said to have started the ‘cocktail as martini’ craze, in the 1990s. All the later flavoured martinis have taken inspiration from this fruity flavour packed drink.
The credit to this drink goes two ways, first one to the celebrated bartender Allan Katz, who created the cocktail and second to the NYC restaurateur Keith McNally’s outlet the Balthazar where the drink gained more prominence.
A testament of the playful and fruity palette of people of the late 1980s era, the French Martini gets it prefix French by the addition of ‘Chambord’ which is a black raspberry liqueur to the mix of vodka and pineapple juice.
A perfect fit for a hearty brunch or a quick get-together or even a night out with your best pals. It’s advised to use the freshest of juice to get that extra creamy frothy texture.
- 2 ounces vodka,
- ¾ ounce raspberry liqueur, preferably Chambord
- 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, and shake well until chilled.
Serve in a chilled cocktail glass
Note: Serves 1