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May 23, 2011 01:52 PM

Soho Lychee liqueur - opinions please?

Sounds interesting, but is it worth $25?

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  1. I have had it in the airline bottles. Its very sweet and makes great lady type cocktails/martinis. Bevmo had it for a while but I have not looked recently for it. I would suggest trying it that way first. if Bevmo doesnt have it, check in asian liquor stores

    1. Depends on what you like to drink....

      I don't really like liqueurs that taste mostly like the real thing, like lychee, honey (Barenjager), because I would have just used the real thing to start with.

      1. I love the flavor of lychee, and bought some to try and develop a lychee cocktail with it. It is extremely perfumey to me, quite unpleasant and not very lychee-flavored at all. I still have a couple unopened bottles that I have no idea what to do with.

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        1. re: mrs bacon

          Ok thanks I will likely nix it, even though i found another place that has it for $17 - I would assume the same goes for the cheaper brands I see, Bols and Monin.

          1. re: ncyankee101

            canned lyches in the asian stores are not that expensive and come in a syrup that you can use - or you can always go for fresh

            better than lychee: i like rambutan fresh, plus they look gangster when you eat them in front of can get those also in a can in a simple syrup

            might try messing around with those two

            1. re: Dapuma

              Ditto the canned lychees. They're cheap and easy and taste way better than the Soho. Plus, you have a built-in garnish. I'd use fresh but I can't easily source them near me.

        2. I saw a mixed drink recipe that required 1/2 ounce of Lychee Liqueur and it added a nice element to the drink. This is a category of spririts that, unless you are having a big Lychee party, it is going to sit in your liquor cabinet for years.

          I made the mistake of drinking it straight after running out of everything else one weekend, and that experience ruined the taste for me.

          1. ncyank - I suspect you already have or have tried St. Germain. If not, I find it to have a lychee-like flavor. While it probably has been overused, that doesn't detract from the appeal for someone who hasn't been exposed to it. I keep it in the fridge to extend it's shelf life. I wish it came in 375ml bottles, because I tire of it a bit before I use up a whole 750ml. It also comes in 50ml nips.

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