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Happy Hour: French Martini

In honor of tomorrow being Bastille Day (France's equivalent to the 4th of July), I say that we all make (or order out at your local French lounge) French Martinis. In France, a French Martini is typically made with Lillet and served as an aperitif, but like most things, the cocktail has been Americanized. The lillet has been replaced by vodka and the result is a very tasty, somewhat girlie drink, in a decadent shade of raspberry. If you've never tried one please do, it's beyond divine. You know you want the recipe, so

French Martini
From David Lawrence

2 ounces of good vodka
1 ounce of Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
4 ounces of pineapple juice

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, tumble in a handful of ice, and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a frosted martini glass.

Serves one.

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crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Very pretty drink.
asdaffodil asdaffodil 9 years
This is my favorite cocktail!! So yummy! But now that I'm pregnant, it will be quite a while before I have another one.
celeblover celeblover 9 years
Looks good!
calamityjen calamityjen 9 years
This sounds really good! I LOVE anything with pineapple juice in it.
katiecake katiecake 9 years
MMMMM...this is actually MY drink ! It is quite delightful ! It has a very distinctive appearance/color, so every time I have one, somebody will always come up and ask me what it is. One time at a work -related conference I had a whole bunch of women that I just met drinking them!
tati33 tati33 9 years
Vive La France!!!! Thanks Yum!
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
Looks good.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
I had a different version of this drink...or they probably just called it French Martini. The one I had was a concoction of vodka, triple sec, and Hypnotique.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Sure thing CiaoBella! Let me know how it tastes with the lillet I've only ever had the vodka version.
jamiegirl jamiegirl 9 years
I've had this before I didn't know it was a french martini. I was wonderful :cocktail:
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
This sounds très bon! Viva La France! PartySugar, if I was to use Lillet instead of vodka, would I use 2 oz if?
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Sounds like a yum to me.
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