Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Lychee Martini

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I’ve found myself at a local Asian market, Uwajimaya, several times in the last few weeks.  The last time I went, I took some time to wander around.  It’s a great place to find some new ingredients to work with, if you grew up with more European influenced foods.  While in the canned goods aisle, I found lychees in syrup. Right away, I knew they would be great in a cocktail! If you’ve never had lychee, it’s a fruit native to China.  It is about the size of an apricot and has delicious white and juicy flesh.  It has a similar texture to the inside of a grape but is much sweeter, with hints of floral notes. I wanted to make a cocktail that wouldn’t obscure the lovely flavor of the lychee so I decided to go with a martini.

Let’s get to it!

Start by filling your shaker halfway with ice. Now pour in the gin, vermouth, lychee syrup and lime juice.

Lychees have a large pit, so I chose canned lychees that were already pitted.  You’ll have leftover fruit and syrup.  I bet it would be tasty in yogurt, or maybe chopped and put in a smoothie? Now put the top on your shaker and give it a good shake.

Pour into your favorite martini glass and garnish with a piece of lychee.  Enjoy!

What other ways do you use lychee?


Lychee Martini
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  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce lychee syrup
  • juice of a lime quarter


  1. Fill shaker halfway with ice and pour in gin, vermouth, lychee syrup and lime juice.
  2. Put the top on and give it a good shake.
  3. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a piece of lychee.





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  1. i’d have to use vodka! not a gin fan. :)

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