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Lychee Martini

Updated February 23, 2016
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Like the Appletini, this variation on a vodka Martini has become a contemporary classic, with as many different recipes as there are establishments serving it. Lychee liqueur is often called for, but for those who don’t stock such exotic ingredients, we offer this simpler recipe.

1 serving

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 15 minutes

OccasionCocktail Party

Recipe Coursebeverage

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturefruity, sweet

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage, cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz syrup from canned lychees

Instructions

Place 1 or 2 canned lychees in a chilled cocktail glass. Pour vodka and syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake briskly, then strain into the glass.

FOR YOUR FURTHER DRINKING PLEASURE:

Use ginger-infused vodka (see page 128), or add a pinch of powdered or freshly grated ginger, for a Lychee Ginger Martini.

Some people also like to add a few drops of grenadine to give this cocktail the ruby glow of fresh lychees.

We have also encountered a lovely drink called the Lotus Flower, which is made like the Lychee Martini but uses orange vodka and, in addition to the lychee syrup, adds 2 tsp. pink grapefruit juice, a dash of orange bitters, and 2 dashes of sweet and sour mix.

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