Summer Vodka Martini Recipe: Lychee Martini

by Pamela

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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.

Fresh-Lychees Freshly Peeled Lychees

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.

Fresh-Lychee-Martini Fresh Lychees

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


  1. 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).
  2. Add in the simple syrup, vodka and some ice.
  3. Cover the shaker and shake until it’s too cold to hold on to anymore.
  4. Strain into martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a pick of 2 fresh lychees.
  6. Serve.

Quick notes

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)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)


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ohmydish June 8, 2015 at 8:01 am

I have to try this myself, thanks for sharing !

Pamela June 11, 2015 at 8:02 am

I think you’ll really like the flavors! ENJOY!!

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious May 15, 2012 at 9:25 am

Love this! I am a new fresh lychee convert! I just put your martini in my fresh lychee post here

Debi Shawcross August 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Well I might just have to break my no drinking on a weeknight (except for vacation and special occasions) rule, and mix up one of these. Friday seems too far away!

Jo@jocooks August 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Wow, this looks awesome!! I’ve never had lychee martini, I’ve never had lychee anything other than just eating the fruit. Gotta try this. Looks good!

Sippitysup August 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

I think you need a few more rings in the clothing/career guide. I keep coming up rap star… GREG

Pamela August 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

Next time I will make a pie chart.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' August 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Fresh lychee – the only way to go! That opening photo is flat out sexy – how do you do that?!

Pamela August 13, 2011 at 6:34 am

Thanks Priscilla – you just made my day! I had the idea for the shot in my head, then played with it a bit before taking the final shot.

rebecca subbiah August 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

love this have a fun weekend

rebecca subbiah August 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

fun drink have a fun weekend Pamela

Nelly Rodriguez August 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Delicious! I will need to find some fresh lychees asap!

Pamela August 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Peeled my first fresh lychee last week and was instantly hooked.

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