That is Not a French Martini By Lorraine Penn

On a recent short cruise from Sydney to Moreton Island with my sister, I encouraged her to try my latest alcohol beverage a French Martini prior to our evening meal on the first day of cruising.

Thankfully she was willing, so I ordered us a French Martini prior to our meal in the magnificent dining room of Carnival Spirit Ship. Both of our taste buds were primed for what is, in my opinion, one of the best Martinis, comprising of Vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice are shaken not stirred and of course, served in a cocktail glass.

It arrived; I sipped mine, not that great was my impression. My sister sipped hers; she didn’t have anything to compare her French Martini. She smiled with approval. “That is not a French Martini,” I bleated out. The waiter looked horrified and asked why? “It doesn’t have the acquired attitude needed for a real French Martini”

After our dinner and not being happy with my chosen choice, I decided that we would try one of the bars outside the dining room. And to my delight, the first chosen bar’s cocktail waiter said, “what would you ladies like?” “A real French Martini, make that two please”

“No problems ladies I make them with attitude” His French Martinis were perfect and he won our custom for the entire cruise.

in Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia


Born in Kogarah, NSW semi-retired on the North Coast where I am giving back to the community as a mentor, board director, former president of Coffs Harbour Writers Group & turning my life into a book.

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