Food - Drink
The French Martini Features An Unexpected Tropical Taste
BY WENDY LEIGH
Reportedly invented in the 1800s, the martini is now an absolute classic beloved by drinkers and bartenders around the world. A classic martini is one of the least complex drinks to make, consisting of only gin or vodka, vermouth, and an olive garnish, but the more modern French martini puts a tropical spin on the cocktail.
A French martini also includes three ingredients, but with a twist: vodka, French Chambord black raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice give the drink its tropical flavor. The drink doesn't come from France, and was popularized in New York bars by restaurateur Keith McNally and named for the French Chambord liqueur.
When making a French martini, BBC Good Food recommends vigorously shaking the vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord to get a slight froth and garnishing the edge of the glass with a wedge of fresh pineapple. The drink is typically served in the same elegant V-shaped glass as its more classic counterpart.