The 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails #3: Three French Martinis

by Mike Reyes

On the third day of my Christmas, my bartender made for me…

Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails French-martiniBonjour, Mixers! Not rain, or snow, or work day, or mail will stop us from plugging along with “The 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails!” (which is actually Day 20 or so of our “30 Holi-DAYS of Cocktails and Movies.) Today’s pick is a favorite of my girlfriend’s mother, as whenever we go to our local brick oven pizza joint she orders up one of these puppies! And let me tell you, this place knows how to mix their drinks. All you have to do is order one on a particularly cold night and you’ll be warm as a gentle fire. So prepare your berets and have some Brie on hand as an amuse bouche* to go with this festive pick.

We don’t have hens around the office, thankfully, so voila, it’s…  the third day of  “Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” and we give to you…

The Drink:

Three French Martinis


  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
  • 1/4 ozfresh pineapple juice
  • 1 twist lemon peel


  • Pour each of the above into a tall bar glass.
  • Shake with ice.
  • Pour into a cocktail or martini glass, and serve.

Trust me when I tell you, it’s a beaut! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find my French translation notes from High School. Someone’s sent me a rather urgent looking note involving this week’s Take Out Theater column… at least, that’s what I think this note says. Mon dieu!**

*amuse bouche – a bite sized hors d’oeuvres, served at the Chef’s whim, without any ordering from the patrons.

** Mon Dieu – “My God!”

So, here we are in the final stretches of 2013. We’ll have 9 more of these cocktails before taking a break for the final week of the year to recharge our batteries. Please help us grow in 2014! Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, share us with your friends and remember: “Don’t watch bad movies unless you have good cocktails.”