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The French Martini; aka NOT a Martini

The French Martini; aka NOT a Martini

Other than *one* ingredient, there is nothing French about the French Martini.  Worse to my mind, there is nothing Martini about the French Martini.

I don’t know who came up with this cocktail, but I can tell you this: s/he was a Sadist.

This is another one of those deceptively simple-looking cocktails that is easy to screw up.  And when screwed up, it’s horrible.  I mean horrible. I’m talking Hamlet-level:

Horrible.  Horrible.  Most Horrible.

But when done right, the French Martini is smooth, slightly sweet, and wickedly potent.

Still, as I noted at the top: this is not a Martini.  Unlike a Vesper, this cocktail bears ZERO resemblance to its root cocktail.  I can’t even imagine how “Martini” made it into the name.  Anyway…

Because the original recipe is so incredibly easy to mess up, I’m made my own tweaks to it.

The French Martini (with the BoozeGuru’s tweaks)

  • 2 ounces neutral Vodka (Tito’s or Green Mark)
  • 1/4 ounce Chambord
  • 1/4 ounce Combier/Cointreau/Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice

Add ice to your shaker.
Add all ingredients to the shaker.
Shake until your hands hurt from the cold; then shake for ten seconds longer.
Strain and serve Up in a chilled cocktail glass rimmed.
Garnish with a slice of lemon (if you like)

Enjoy your non-martini Martini!