Time for a taste of true elegance with this week’s Friday cocktail, the French Martini.
Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur produced in France. It’s infused with fresh raspberries and blackberries and blended with French cognac, extracts of vanilla, and other herbs to create a silky smooth liqueur. Legend has it that King Louis XIV visited the Chateau Chambord where he enjoyed the chateau’s creation in 1685. The French Martini was created by the company that produces its key ingredient: Chambord.
What you’ll need: Vodka, Chambord, and Pineapple Juice.
Pour 1 1/2 ounce of vodka, 1/2 ounce of chambord, and 2 ounces of pineapple juice into a shaker over cracked ice. Shake vigorously–this allows the pineapple juice to froth up nicely–then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Bonus if garnished with either fresh raspberries or blackberries.
How I like it: I tell everyone they must try this drink; it’s one of my absolute favorites! I mixed the pictured one up with Bee Vodka (Grey Goose is another excellent choice) and, for a little twist, Pineapple Orange juice. Unlike some martinis, this one must be shaken, not stirred. It’s best when the juice froths up on top.
Vivez! and drink responsibly!
I’ve since learned that crème de cassis, a black currant flavored liqueur, may be used in place of the chambord. At least, that’s what they used in France!