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This simple Lychee Martini recipe is made with lychee liqueur, vodka, orange liqueur, and garnished with fresh or canned lychees. It is a sweet and fruity cocktail with light floral notes that is super easy to make.
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The inspiration for this entire "Chinese" meal, came from seeing a pin on Pinterest of Ian Somerhalder aka Damon Salvatore eating Chinese takeout in bed. He is a Sagittarius AND the hottest vampire on the planet.....so let's just go with it shall we?
🥡 Sagittarius recipes in this meal
Original image with "newer" canned lychees. The lychees used in the new images have been in the pantry for too long, so they are much darker than normal. Oops!
I have been trying to buy fresh lychees for months, but I cannot find them anywhere. The canned version are sold out as well, so I used the old ones...but I did find the lychee liqueur!!
🍸What you will need
- Cointreau or your favorite brand of orange liqueur.
- Lychee liqueur or the liquid from canned lychees.
- A good quality vodka, you can taste the difference.
- Crushed ice to shake your cocktail with.
- Fresh or canned lychee fruit to garnish.
Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below
🍸How to make a lychee martini
Fill cocktail half full with crushed ice. Add vodka, lychee liqueur (or 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 bamboo cocktail pick.
I originally made a Lychee Martini several years ago for my Chinese New Year's party, but something was missing. 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.
🙋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.
🍸 Tools used to create this recipe
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- Martini Glasses - the ones that I used are sold out, these are the shorter ones shown in the blood orange martini image below.
- Cocktail Shaker
- Bamboo Cocktail Picks
♐ About Sagittarius
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!
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?
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- 3 ounces premium vodka
- 1 ounce lychee liqueur or the lychee juice out of the can if you can't find it.
- 1 ounce orange liqueur cointreau, triple sec
- 2 lychee fruit fresh or canned
- 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.