The Sparkling French Martini and More

Learn how to transform your everyday cocktails by adding Champagne AND get our sparkling twist on the French Martini.
Learn how to transform your everyday cocktails by adding Champagne AND get our sparkling twist on the French Martini.

This Sparkling French Martini is just a tiny riff on the classic French martini. A French martini is made by shaking together vodka, Chambord (a French black raspberry liqueur) and pineapple juice with ice. It’s a sweet, tart flavorful drink. To make it sparkling, add dry sparkling wine after pouring it into the glass.

In fact, you can make any of your favorite cocktails into sparkling cocktails just by adding bubbly to the glass at the end. Well, maybe not ANY cocktail. You wouldn’t want to add sparkling wine to a Bloody Mary, right? Ha ha. But any cocktail that’s on the sweet side will work.

Definitely try adding sparkling wine to a classic margarita. It’s also great added to appletinis, mojitos and cosmos. Here’s how you do it:

If the cocktail traditionally has a fizzy non-alcoholic ingredient, like the soda water found in a mojito, substitute a dry sparkling wine for that.

If the cocktail doesn’t have a fizzy mix ingredient, you can still add some bubbly. For instance, to make a sparkling cosmopolitan, do the usual cranberry juice, vodka, cointreau and lime and mix that in your martini shaker. Pour it into a large martini glass, then top it with sparkling wine. It will be pink, sparkly and delicious.

What I haven’t tried is adding sparkling wine to the classic strong cocktails that have made such a comeback lately. But you’ve gotta bet that there’s a Sparkling Old Fashioned in my very near future.

Sparkling French Martini

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Chambord
  • 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • Ice
  • 1 oz. sparkling wine

Directions:

  1. Measure the vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker. Add a couple handfuls of ice. Put the lid on and shake it up. Strain it into a martini glass.
  2. Top with the sparkling wine and garnish with fresh raspberries or pineapple if desired.
This post originally appeared in December, 2015 and was revised and republished in December, 2016.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.