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Perfect Date Drink: Chambord French Martini

By: Joe Thompson
2.9.2012

Valentine's Day is less than a week away and you're still looking for ways to make it special. Fortunately for you, we've offered up some great tips along the way. For a delicious dish fusing savory flavors with chocolate, we featured some recipes from Top Chef Master Anita Lo. For pre-dinner drinks—whether you're looking to stay in or just have a quick nip before heading out—we've got two killer cocktails. The first is the Chambord Fleur De Lis, a simply mixed beverage featuring tangy berry goodness with a bright lemony punch. (You can find the Chambord Fleur De Lis recipe here.) Today's cocktail is the equally delicious Chambord French Martini.

With dark berry flavors followed by a burst of tropical pineapple, the Chambord French Martini tastes sophisticated and exotic, but couldn't be easier to make, both at a moment's notice or in advance. Enjoy (but, again, we ask you to do so responsibly).

CHAMBORD® FRENCH MARTINI
1 ½ oz. Chambord Flavored Vodka
½ oz. Chambord Liqueur
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.

NOTE: Shot glasses are anywhere from 1-2 ounces, so use one of those to make a sample drink in advance, taste it, then adjust the ingredients accordingly. The cocktail should offer a nice berry burst at the top but be quickly followed by a floral pineapple flavor. Warning: This potent cocktail is very easy to drink.

SUGGESTED PAIRING
•A nice blue or salty Parmesan cheese
•Small square of honey on the comb
•Roasted garlic (if you both eat it, kissing won't be a problem)
•Prosciutto
•Water crackers, so you don't get too many flavors going at once

SOPHISTICATION IS MODERATION. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. ©2012 CHAMBORD FLAVORED VODKA, 37.5% ALC. BY VOL., IMPORTED BY BROWN-FORMAN BEVERAGES, LOUISVILLE, KY.

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