French Kiss Martini: A Twist On The Classic (Without Pineapple Juice)

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The French Martini is a delightful cocktail known for its vibrant pink color and sweet, fruity flavor. Traditionally made with vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liqueur, it’s a popular choice for happy hour or a fun night out. But what if you’re not a fan of pineapple juice? Don’t worry, you can still create a delicious French Martini with a simple substitution. This recipe offers a delightful twist on the classic, swapping the pineapple juice for a different fruit-based liqueur or syrup, resulting in a refreshing and unique drink.


Ingredient Classic French Martini - Bake Play Smile
Ingredient Classic French Martini – Bake Play Smile

2 ounces Vodka

  • 1 ounce Raspberry Liqueur (such as Chambord)
  • 1 ounce Flavored Liqueur or Syrup (see options below)
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh raspberries (optional, for garnish)

  • Flavored Liqueur or Syrup Options:

    Peach Schnapps: Creates a delightful summery twist with notes of ripe peach.

  • Lychee Liqueur: Offers a more exotic flavor with a hint of floral aroma.
  • Elderflower Liqueur: Adds a touch of floral sweetness and a subtle citrusy edge.
  • Passionfruit Liqueur: Creates a tangy and tropical variation.
  • Raspberry Syrup: Intensifies the raspberry flavor for a more pronounced berry taste.

  • Directions:

    1. Chill your martini glasses. Fill them with ice and water, letting them sit for a few minutes. Discard the ice and water before assembling your drink.
    2. Combine the vodka, raspberry liqueur, and your chosen flavored liqueur or syrup in a cocktail shaker.
    3. Fill the shaker with ice. Aim to completely fill the shaker for optimal dilution and chilling.
    4. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. You want the drink to be well-chilled and frothy.
    5. Strain the cocktail into your chilled martini glasses.
    6. Garnish with fresh raspberries (optional).

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: Approximately 160-200 (depending on the chosen flavored liqueur or syrup)

  • Carbohydrates: 10-15 grams (depending on the chosen flavored liqueur or syrup)
  • Sugar: 8-12 grams (depending on the chosen flavored liqueur or syrup)
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional breakdown and can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.


    The French Martini, even without pineapple juice, is a vibrant and flavorful cocktail perfect for any occasion. The versatility of this recipe allows you to experiment with different liqueurs and syrups to discover your favorite flavor combination. So ditch the pineapple (if you don’t like it!), grab your shaker, and whip up a delightful French Martini with a twist!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use a different type of vodka?

    Absolutely! Any type of vodka you enjoy will work in this recipe. Flavored vodkas can even add another layer of complexity to the drink. Just be mindful of the overall flavor profile and adjust the flavored liqueur or syrup accordingly.

    2. What if I don’t have a cocktail shaker?

    No problem! You can use a tightly sealed jar or even a travel mug in a pinch. Just make sure it’s sturdy enough to withstand the shaking.

    3. How can I make this drink non-alcoholic?

    For a mocktail version, simply omit the vodka and use a splash of lemon or lime juice for a touch of tartness. Adjust the amount of flavored liqueur or syrup to your preference.

    4. Can I make this drink ahead of time?

    The prepared cocktail will lose its frothiness over time. However, you can pre-combine the vodka, raspberry liqueur, and flavored liqueur or syrup in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Shake well before serving.

    5. What other garnishes can I use?