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Jan 27, 2011 02:00 PM

Lychee martini recipe?

There are a bunch of recipes out there all very different. I would love to get your favorite recipe.

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  1. A very high quality cocktail which tastes like lychee was created by bar manager Don Lee of PDT (Please Don't Tell), in NYC. The Vieux Mot (old witty saying) combines gin, elderflower liqueur, and lemon. There is no actual lychee in it, but the complex flavors of elderflower liqueur really taste like lychee. This is a fascinating drink, much, much better than the lychee "Martini" recipes I found on line. The full cocktail and attribution is in Kindred Cocktails, but here's the recipe:

    Vieux Mot
    1 1/2 oz Gin, Plymouth (although I use other gins)
    1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
    3/4 oz Lemon juice
    1/4 oz Simple syrup

    Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass

    The St. Germain liqueur is pretty widely available these days. It is made of the delicate elderflower, harvested once a year. I suggest keeping the bottle in the refrigerator to prolong its fragrance and freshness.

    For the more adventurous, the Bitter Elder is very similar, but contains a touch of Campari. And I adore the name.

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    1. I would think that the presence of gin takes away from the lychee and can overpower it. Granted this wouldnt be a true martini but how many "tini's" actually are true martini's nowawdays. I've only had this once or twice but I'm pretty sure the recipe for it was equal parts soho lychee liquor and vodka, a dash of lychee juice. Mix well and strain into a cocktail glass and top off with a piece of lychee inside. :D

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        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Sister, share your lychee recipe that you made the other night for me. Divine!

          1. re: invinotheresasister

            I think it was just gin, canned lychees (including the juice) and lemon juice.

            I like that you like gin. Is rare for someone so young.

            1. re: invinotheresverde

              Gin may be my favorite, every drink I've ever had with it I've loved. I just never think to order it.

      1. I have to agree with Dan that I prefer some lemon or lime juice to balance out sweet flavors. I've tried a lychee martini with just vodka and lychee juice with a canned lychee garnish, and I didn't like the flavor. A Vieux Mot is much tastier in my opinion. St Germain really does have a nice lychee flavor to it. A softer gin like Plymouth or Bluecoat should go nicely with the lychee flavors, but you could always swap it out for vodka if you prefer.

        If you still want to go the vodka + lychee juice or liqueur route, I would add at least 1/2 oz of fresh lemon or lime juice to balance things out. Just like better Cosmos use fresh lime juice.

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        1. re: nickls

          That's the way I made it the first time, just vodka, lychee juice, and a canned lychee garnish, didn't care for the drink, but loved the lychee. I've seen everything online from adding peach schnapps to vermouth.

        2. Roarasaur u r correct.... 1.5 Premium Vodka, .5 St Germain (its the best but u pay for it - at least double of others around $38 for 750ml), .5-.75 Lemon Juice, .5-.75 Lychee Liquer (fresh muddled too is great - *note: if you use canned it will not taste the same, when they can it, it loses most of what you buy it for, the floral sexiness) and a lemon twist! That's it folks... these knock you on your rear and taste amazing!

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          1. re: JamesJames

            Please take that attempt at a recipe back to 2011...

            1. re: JMF

              Please give a better version if you have one... Trying to perfect this... Thanks

              1. re: JamesJames

                Actually there was a different thread on this that had some decent responses awhile ago. But... I refuse to call a lychee cocktail a martini.

                1. re: JMF

                  Good point... I'm based in Dallas currently and Wolfgang Pucks 5Sixty restaurant at reunion tower has this thing perfected. I'm not into drinks like this normally, but this darn thing is delicious. And potent. Two-things... Is it worth buying St Germain over a knock off and two is that lichado liquor worth trying through experience? I have to figure this out.

                  1. re: JamesJames

                    Bartenders are usually very free with Recipes. Have You tried asking?