Let's set the record straight. Our martini glasses are a little on the large side. Second, while we occasionally drink liquor neat, or at least with no mixers, only ice, we do not generally prefer rocket fuel. It's okay on the rare occasion when you have a really bad day and just want some scotch on the rocks. But for the most part, we prefer an enjoyable, sippable drink that at least lets you prepare a sensible meal and not talk in funny voices, or step on the cats. Of course, we're both such klutzes that it's a good thing that 1)dogs are not allowed in the kitchen and 2) the cats just instinctively know to avoid the kitchen when the humans are there.
All that being said, I saw a recipe for a French Martini on Foodbuzz this morning and couldn't find it this evening. I thought I saved it but even hunting through those didn't help. Connie hunted. I hunted. The blogger had said it is her favorite drink. I wanted to make it. A French Martini. It sounded as if it were volumnious enough to make a nice relaxing, sit and talk on the porch, type of drink. When we couldn't find it, Connie jumped in and found a drink called by the same name on drinksmixer.com.
One sip, plan B. Whoa. First it was tiny. Two ounces and you are done. And guess what? Vodka for 1 1/2 ounces of that. Not our taste. Rocket fuel. Sorry. Not to be daunted, we switched to plan B. Both drinks went back in the cocktail shaker and simple syrup and some more pineapple juice went in. Not surprisingly, there is no recipe for this, at least before now.
The Plan B French Martini (for two)
3 oz Vodka (we use Smirnoff)
1 1/2 oz Chambord
1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz simple syrup (2:1)
Add everything to a cocktail shaker, shake shake shake, strain into a chilled martini glass, kiss the one you love, and enjoy.
It turned out to be much more mellow than the first go-around and had enough volume to allow us to chill for awhile, or at least for what passes for that around here.
4 on our rather restrictive 1 - 5 scale, and totally acceptable.
Always have a Plan B.