Fun Fridays: French Martini

How to make a French Martini
Friday’s are wonderful things.  They signal the end of the week as we welcome the weekend.  The weekend is a time to relax and enjoy before beginning the week all over again.  So, to celebrate the weekend, I thought I would start a new series on Delicieux to celebrate the Friday’s and the weekend, called Fun Friday’s.

For my first post for Fun Friday I wanted to share one of my favourite cocktails – a French Martini.  This is a drink my boyfriend often makes for me to celebrate the end of the week.

While I’m sure we’ve all heard of Martini’s, “shaken, not stirred” thanks to James Bond, you may not have heard of a French Martini.  A French Martini is a deliciously tart and sweet combination of fresh pineapple juice, Vodka and Chambord.

Chambord is a delicious liqueur made from black raspberries, honey, vanilla and herbs and has been available since 1685.  Interestingly it was the Chambord company who invented the French Martini, as part of a global advertising campaign for the liqueur.  It was obviously successful, given the popularity of the drink today.

While everyone has different tastes, I will share the way I like my French Martini.  Do you like French Martini’s?  How do you make yours?


Vanilla French Martini recipe

Delicieux’s French Martini


  • 30mls/1 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 30mls/ 1 oz Chambord
  • 45mls/ 1.5 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • ice



  1. In a cocktail shaker add the Vanilla Vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice along with a couple of cubes of ice.  Shake vigorously.  The vigorous shaking will froth the pineapple juice and give you a nice foamy topping to the cocktail.
  2. Strain into the martini glass and serve with a wedge of fresh pineapple or a couple of fresh raspberries.


For comparison sake,  I’ve included below Chambord’s French Martini recipe.  You might like to try both and let me know what you think ;)


Classic French Martini
Recipe from Chambord


  • 50 mL Finlandia® Vodka
  • 15 mL Chambord Liqueur
  • 100 mL Pineapple Juice



  1. Shake ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass.
  2. Garnish with raspberries.
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  1. Martini Maidens April 1, 2011  7:51 am Reply

    It looks wonderful! May have to make that a definite Friday Martini for tomorrow. Nice to add the variety. :)

    • delicieux April 1, 2011  8:00 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Martini Maidens. :D

  2. Trudy~Veggienumnum April 1, 2011  9:37 am Reply

    What a pretty cocktail, I love a classic gin martini complete with olive but this looks so very good!! Beautiful combination with the Chambord, vanilla vodka and pineapple juice, maybe too good to stop at just one :) hope you have a happy and fun Friday!!
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    • delicieux April 1, 2011  9:54 am Reply

      Thanks Trudy! :D This is such a lovely fresh cocktail and a nice change to a classic martini. Definitely worth a try.

  3. thepickygourmand April 1, 2011  9:50 am Reply

    I have never tried a French Martini before, but this looks really wonderful! Have a happy friday!
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  4. @IronChefShellie April 1, 2011  10:41 am Reply

    Looks fantastic! Pineapple makes all the difference :) x

  5. Stephanie April 1, 2011  11:59 am Reply

    I've never heard of a French martini but it sounds fabulous! I actually have half a bottle of Chambord that's been around forever, and I was just wondering what to do with it. I'll have to try your recipe!
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    • delicieux April 1, 2011  12:37 pm Reply

      Let me know what you think Stephanie. It's definitely one of my favourites. :) Just in time for the weekend!

  6. ann November 13, 2011  6:47 am Reply

    Hi, I overheard someone ordering this drink when I was out last week... I was driving so none for me.. I googled the recipe and came across your page with all your "artwork" I thought this is a great "basket" to make for a wedding shower I'm going to! I'll put the recipe in a beutiful frame, martini glasses and the the ingrediants!!

    Thanks for the recipe and the link!


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