Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Lychee Martini
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?
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 ounce lychee syrup
- juice of a lime quarter
- Fill shaker halfway with ice and pour in gin, vermouth, lychee syrup and lime juice.
- Put the top on and give it a good shake.
- Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a piece of lychee.