I wanted to make this a pink cocktail; I like the subtle contrast with the white lychees. The grapefruit with this drink makes it oh so refreshing and it looks pretty sexy!
The lychee fruit tree is native to southern China but there are Organic lychees grown in the States. I prefer buying the non-canned lychees, fresh is always better and this time of year, they are pretty easy to come by.
There are actually a number of health benefits to the lychee and they are low in calorie so besides the vodka this cocktail could be a “skinny” drink.
Recipe: Makes 1 Martini
Profile: Sweet, Citrus, Creamy ~ Original
- 1 1/2 oz Fresh Lychee Puree
- 1 oz Fresh Juiced Grapefruit Juice
- 1 oz Vodka (Hangar One is what I like for this)
- 1 Dash of Angostura Bitters
- Splash of Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Garnish: Grapefruit twist with Lychee rolled into
If you are using fresh lychees which I highly recommend you will need to peel and deseed before pureeing.
For one drink you will need about 4-5 lychees. Put all the prepared lychees in the food processor, pulse until very smooth then strain through fine mesh strainer and set aside.
Next juice your grapefruit and also strain then add all of the ingredients except the champagne to a shaker, shake with ice for a few seconds.
Pour and top with champagne.