Love martinis but finding yourself wanting to go beyond the classic recipe? If you’re craving something more exotic in your go-to tipple, it’s time you discover the lychee martini. This drink puts a tropical spin on the cocktail classic—making it perfect for unwinding in the evenings or serving at your next tiki party.
Whether you’re a cocktail newbie or a home bartending pro, this simple lychee martini recipe is easy to master (just like these other mixed drinks).
What is lychee?
Never heard of lychee? They’re mouthwatering tropical fruits from Southeast Asia. Lychees have an exquisite perfumed aroma and a fairly unique flavor. They taste a bit like a cross between tart grape, pear and a dash of rose water. They’re sweet but with a hint of tartness that makes them perfect for cocktails.
How do you prepare lychee?
Fresh lychees are easy to peel. Start by removing the skin. Then, make a cut in the flesh of the fruit and squeeze out the pit. Now you’re ready to make some lychee martini magic!
I’m a fan of fresh lychees for this recipe, but alas, they aren’t always available. Canned lychees work, too. And you can even add some of that lovely syrup to your lychee martini for amplified flavor.
The spirit of the cocktail
While you can use either gin or vodka to make a classic martini, you’ll definitely want to opt for vodka in this recipe. With its fairly neutral aroma and flavor, vodka allows the lychee to shine as the star of this drink.
How to Make a Lychee Martini
This recipe makes one serving. Be sure to sip, because it packs a punch!
- Ice cubes
- 7 lychees, peeled and pit removed
- 3 oz. vodka
- ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
- A few dashes of orange bitters
Step 1: Muddle and mix
Whether you’re using fresh or canned, muddle six of the lychees in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add the vodka, lemon juice and bitters (we like these). Shake well.
Step 2: Pour and garnish
Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the remaining lychee and enjoy!
Editor’s Tip: If you’re using canned lychees or happen across some lychee juice or liquor, you can add a 1/2 ounce to supercharge the gorgeous flavor of this cocktail.
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