Margaret Pearman is a certified sommelier under the Court of Master Sommeliers and is responsible for curating the award-winning wine list at Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte. Here is her sipping suggestion for December:
‘Tis the season for festive cocktails! The French martini satisfies our yearning for tropical weather, while maintaining an elegant balance of fruit, spice and alcohol. It’s the cocktail that started a renaissance of sorts behind the bar in the ’90s. The original featured plain vodka at the famed New York restaurant Balthazar. Enjoy one by the fire with loved ones this holiday season.
2 parts Vanilla Vodka
1 part Chambord Liquer
1 part fresh pineapple juice
Twist of lemon
Directions Combine the first three ingredients in a martini shaker, add a scoop of ice, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.