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I hope you are in the mood for Chinese food, because that's what's on the menu for this month's Cooking with Astrology "Sagittarius"! I bet you're dying to know why.....right? First up in our meal is a delicious Lychee Martini followed by Paper Wrapped Chicken as an appetizer, Chicken Chow Mein as the main course, Almond Cookies for dessert and Egg Foo Young for breakfast!
The inspiration for this entire "Chinese" meal, came from seeing this pin on Pinterest.....
No, Ian Somerhalder is not Chinese but he is a Sagittarius AND the hottest vampire on the planet.....so let's just go with it shall we? How about I start you off with a Lychee Martini this evening? Why yes, thank you, that would be lovely.....
How to make a lychee martini:
Fill cocktail half full with crushed ice. Add vodka, lychee juice, and orange liqueur.
Place lid on shaker, hold firmly, and shake to combine.
Pour martini into glass and garnish with lychee fruit on a stick/toothpick.
I actually made a Lychee Martini several years ago for a Chinese New Year's party, but it wasn't all that spectacular. I knew I just needed to tweak it a bit and make it perfect.....and I did! It needed orange liqueur to balance out the flavors of the vodka and the lychee juice. If you can find Lychee Liqueur that would be spectacular, but it is not easy to find...especially in Iowa!
What is a lychee?
It is a tropical tree native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China, where cultivation is documented from 1059 AD. They are also found in India, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, and Israel.
It is a tall evergreen tree, that bears small fleshy fruits. The outside of the fruit is pink-red, roughly textured and inedible, covering sweet flesh that is used in dessert dishes and martinis.
If you cannot find Lychee Liqueur, then the next best option is to use the liquid/syrup used in canned lychees.
You should be able to find lychees in the ethnic food section of your local grocery store or at an Asian market.
I realized after I chose this meal (and this drink) that the body party ruled, is the liver. So don't over do it Sagittarius, we don't want you to mess up your liver with too many martinis or fried foods! I also did not realize at the time that Ian is vegan...oops!
Sagittarius tend to be very philosophical, intelligent, idealistic, highly ambitious, and enthusiastic. They are on a quest to gain knowledge, explore the world, and are driven by adventure! Sounds like Brad Pitt right?
More delicious recipes in this meal:
- 3 ounces premium vodka
- 1 ounce lychee juice or lychee liqueur if you can find it
- 1 ounce orange liqueur cointreau, triple sec
- 2 lychee fruit
- crushed ice
- Fill cocktail half full with crushed ice. Add vodka, lychee juice, and orange liqueur.
- Place lid on shaker, hold firmly, and shake to combine.
- Pour martini into glass and garnish with lychee fruit on a stick/toothpick.