Pineau des Charentes has been considered a secret weapon ingredient of many bartenders throughout the world and we are increasingly seeing it incorporated in cocktails. Modern bartender icon, Ms. Franky Marshall, is a Pineau des Charentes educator who has been spreading the beauty of this beloved French beverage in an official capacity since 2017. The Martinelle cocktail, created by Marshall, is definitely a cocktail that should be on your radar.
Ms. Franky Marshall shares, “Pineau des Charentes is one of my favorite spirited wines from France. Made of two components: grapes and eau de vie de Cognac, this beverage is bright and crisp – just like the Charentes region where it’s made!” Clearly she has a tremendous love and respect for Pineau. Of the Martinelle cocktail, Marshal explains, “This is a Martinez variation that places Pineau front and center. While Martinez has gin, sweet vermouth, and Maraschino liqueur, the Martinelle has Pineau des Charentes, a little bit of gin, and Genepy.”
Martinelle Recipe & Directions
- 1 oz Pineau des Charentes White
- 1 oz Gin
- 0.5 oz Génépy des Alpes
- 1 drop Orange Citrate Bitters
- 2 dashes Absinthe
Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Stir with ice until cold and strain into Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with a manicured lemon twist expressed into cocktail and placed on side of glass.
For more information on Pineau des Charentes, visit Pineau Academy at pineauacademy.com and on Instagram at @pineau_academy
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