I’m not going to bore you with a big long post today. It’s the weekend people…get off your butts and enjoy these last few days of warm, ok hot weather. Sure, you might be bitching now but think about how f’ing miserable you are in the middle of winter when it’s snowing on your ass and is 15 degrees below 0 with the damn windchill. I’m sure, like my parents, you’ll forget but, I’m here to remind you…just like I do to them. Hey, at least I’m good for something!
Oh, I guess I’m good for a couple of things besides being a righteous pain in the ass. One of those things you’ll have to ask Craig about. It’s his “thing” to share or not share and the other thing I’m good at, that I will share…is making drinks. And this lychee martini KICKS ASS! I’m not just saying that because I haven’t had any alcohol all week either (please see fatassapalooza for more details). It really is just that good.
I’ve made a bunch of vodka martini recipes and even a few this summer, but I think this one is my favorite. If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating a fresh lychee, I suggest you make the effort to try and find them – so worth it. I live in Southern California, so I can find them at farmer’s markets (sometimes), but I get mine from an Asian market. Yes, you can buy canned lychees (and they will work fine in this recipe) but the fresh lychee has a bit better flavor.
You may have already had a lychee cocktail of some sort. There’s a lychee liquor as well as lychee syrup that many bars use to make various lychee cocktails. But as you know from my infused vodka recipes that I’ve shared, I’m a big advocate for using the fresh fruit when making a cocktail.
This lychee martini uses fresh lychees, fresh ginger, some simple syrup and orange vodka to make a delicious vodka martini that’s a great way to celebrate your weekend with.
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Recipe: Vodka Martini: Fresh Lychee Martini
- 2 Ounces Orange Vodka
- 6 Fresh Lychees (peeled)
- 3/4″ – 1″ Piece of Fresh Ginger (sliced into disks)
- 1 Teaspoon Simple Syrup
- In a shaker add the ginger and 4 lychees. Muddle until the ginger is broken up and the lychees have given up their juice and pits (remove the pits).
- Add in the simple syrup, vodka and some ice.
- Cover the shaker and shake until it’s too cold to hold on to anymore.
- Strain into martini glass.
- Garnish with a pick of 2 fresh lychees.
You can also use canned lychees in this recipe. Just remove them from the can and leave as much syrup in the can as possible.
Preparation time:7 Minutes
Cooking time:0 Minutes
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)