Lychee Martini Cocktail Drink

Lychee Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you want to make a standout cocktail, our Lychee Martini recipe has you covered! With just a few ingredients, this drink is delicious and incredibly easy to make.

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Indulge in our Lychee Martini recipe for a taste of tropical elegance! This luscious cocktail is a must-try for any special occasion, made with vodka, lychee juice, and a splash of Triple Sec.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

266 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Vodka
  • ½ oz lychee Liqueur
  • ½ oz lychee juice
  • ½ oz lychee syrup
  • ½ oz white Vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Lychee fruit, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your Martini glass in the freezer to chill.
  • Add Lychee Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz lychee syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lychee Juice: Measure and pour ½ oz lychee juice into the shaker.
  • Add Liqueur: Add ½ oz lychee Liqueur to the mix.
  • Add Vermouth: Add ½ oz white Vermouth to the mix.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka into the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Strain: Fine Strain the mixture into your chilled Martini glass.
  • Garnish: Drop a lychee fruit into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: Gin makes a great alternative if you're out of vodka. I've tried it, and it adds a botanical twist to the drink.
  • Lychee Juice: No lychee juice? You can use peach or pear nectar. It won't be the same, but it's still delicious.

Making a Pitcher of Lychee Martini:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 12 oz of vodka, 8 oz of lychee juice, and 4 oz of Triple Sec.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the vodka, lychee juice, and Triple Sec. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual chilled Martini glasses, garnish with lychee fruit, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka and vermouth Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic option available in the market.
  • Lychee liqueur: use a lychee puree or add a touch of simple syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Ingredients: Most of the ingredients in the cocktail are already vegan. However, always check the labels to ensure no animal products or by-products are present.
  • Garnish: Use organic lychee fruit for garnish to ensure it's free from non-vegan pesticides.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
266
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Sugar
 
31
g
34
%
Potassium
 
15
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.01
g
0
%

 

Lychee Martini Cocktail Drink

Lychee Martini Recipe Card

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in our Lychee Martini recipe for a taste of tropical elegance! This luscious cocktail is a must-try for any special occasion, made with vodka, lychee juice, and a splash of Triple Sec.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 266

Ingredients
 

  • oz Vodka
  • ½ oz lychee Liqueur
  • ½ oz lychee juice
  • ½ oz lychee syrup
  • ½ oz white Vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Lychee fruit - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your Martini glass in the freezer to chill.
  • Add Lychee Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz lychee syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lychee Juice: Measure and pour ½ oz lychee juice into the shaker.
  • Add Liqueur: Add ½ oz lychee Liqueur to the mix.
  • Add Vermouth: Add ½ oz white Vermouth to the mix.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka into the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Strain: Fine Strain the mixture into your chilled Martini glass.
  • Garnish: Drop a lychee fruit into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: Gin makes a great alternative if you're out of vodka. I've tried it, and it adds a botanical twist to the drink.
  • Lychee Juice: No lychee juice? You can use peach or pear nectar. It won't be the same, but it's still delicious.

Making a Pitcher of Lychee Martini:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 12 oz of vodka, 8 oz of lychee juice, and 4 oz of Triple Sec.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the vodka, lychee juice, and Triple Sec. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual chilled Martini glasses, garnish with lychee fruit, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka and vermouth Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic option available in the market.
  • Lychee liqueur: use a lychee puree or add a touch of simple syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Ingredients: Most of the ingredients in the cocktail are already vegan. However, always check the labels to ensure no animal products or by-products are present.
  • Garnish: Use organic lychee fruit for garnish to ensure it's free from non-vegan pesticides.

What is a Lychee Martini?

A Lychee Martini is a cocktail featuring vodka, lychee juice, and a touch of vermouth. While the traditional Martini leans on gin and Vermouth, the Lychee Martini opts for fruitier ingredients, making it a popular choice for those looking for something different. The drink has gained a following for its unique flavor profile, blending vodka’s crispness with lychee’s exotic sweetness.

A side shot of a Lychee Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a silver coaster with a shaker, a bar spoon and lychee fruits around placed on a red table in front of a white wall.

What is Lychee Martini made of – The ingredients

To prepare your Lychee Martini, collect these ingredients:

  • Vodka: Provides an alcoholic base and clean, neutral flavor.
  • Lychee Juice: Adds the signature exotic sweetness and fruitiness to the cocktail.
  • Lychee Liqueur: complements the lychee juice enhancing the overall flavor.
  • Vermouth: Adds complexity to the mix with its botanical notes
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the ingredients to make the drink refreshing.
  • Lychee Fruit: Serves as an optional garnish, enhancing the drink’s visual appeal and lychee flavor.

Vodka, Lychee Liqueur, Lychee juice, Lychee Syrup and White Vermouth laid out on a white bar table.

How to make Lychee Martini?

Join us in making a Lychee Martini by following our easy guide:

1
<p>For the best experience, first chill your Martini glass adding some ice cubes.</p>

For the best experience, first chill your Martini glass adding some ice cubes.

2
<p>Pour the lychee syrup into your shaker.</p>

Pour the lychee syrup into your shaker.

3
<p>Add the lychee juice to the glass.</p>

Add the lychee juice to the glass.

4
<p>Pour the lychee liqueur into the shaker.</p>

Pour the lychee liqueur into the shaker.

5
<p>Add the dry vermouth for an extra layer of flavor.</p>

Add the dry vermouth for an extra layer of flavor.

6
<p>Add the vodka to the shaker, serving as the alcoholic base for the cocktail.</p>

Add the vodka to the shaker, serving as the alcoholic base for the cocktail.

7
<p>Fill your shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill your shaker with ice cubes.

8
<p>Shake the ingredients vigorously in the shaker for 15-20 seconds to blend them well.</p>

Shake the ingredients vigorously in the shaker for 15-20 seconds to blend them well.

9
<p>Remove the ice from your chilled Martini glass and strain the shaken mixture into it, leaving any ice out of the drink.</p>

Remove the ice from your chilled Martini glass and strain the shaken mixture into it, leaving any ice out of the drink.

10
<p>Drop a lychee fruit into the glass as an optional garnish to enhance the drink’s flavor.</p>

Drop a lychee fruit into the glass as an optional garnish to enhance the drink’s flavor.

11
<p>Enjoy your Lychee Martini cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Lychee Martini cocktail!

What is the difference between a Martini and a Lychee Martini?

A traditional Martini features gin or vodka and dry Vermouth as its main ingredients, while a Lychee Martini adds the sweetness of the lychee to the formula. The classic Martini leans towards a more herbal or dry profile, often garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. In contrast, a Lychee Martini offers a sweet, fruity flavor, typically garnished with a lychee fruit. The Martini is a classic cocktail with a long history, whereas the Lychee Martini is a modern creation that gained popularity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. While a Martini is often stirred and can be served “up” or “on the rocks,” a Lychee Martini is usually shaken with ice and served “up” in a chilled Martini glass. 

Lychee Syrup

Brands like Monin and Torani offer high-quality lychee syrups that capture the fruit’s exotic sweetness without artificial aftertaste. These syrups are widely available online or in specialty food stores. Monin’s version is noteworthy for its authentic lychee flavor and versatility, making it my top pick.

A shot of a Lychee Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a silver coaster with a shaker, a bar spoon and lychee fruits around placed on a red table in front of a white wall.

Lychee Liqueur

Lychee liqueur is another way to infuse your Lychee Martini with that signature exotic flavor. Unlike lychee juice or syrup, the liqueur comes with its alcoholic kick, usually around 15-20% ABV. Brands like Soho and Kwai Feh are popular choices, offering a concentrated lychee taste and a subtle sweetness. Soho is known for its vibrant fruitiness, while Kwai Feh leans more towards a natural, less sugary lychee flavor. If you opt for lychee liqueur, consider reducing or skipping the Triple Sec to avoid making the cocktail too sweet. 

Best Vermouth for Lychee Martini?

With its herbal and sometimes floral notes, Vermouth can add complexity to the cocktail’s sweet and fruity profile. If you decide to go this route, opt for a lighter, sweeter vermouth like Dolin Blanc or Cocchi Americano. These options have nuanced flavors that can complement the lychee without overpowering it.

A close shot of a Lychee Martini cocktail in a martini glass with a lychee fruit as garnish on a red table, in front of a white wall.

History and Origins of the Lychee Martini

The Lychee Martini doesn’t have a long, storied history like some classic cocktails, but it gained prominence in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, particularly in cosmopolitan cities and upscale bars. The drink likely originated as a fusion cocktail, blending Eastern and Western flavors to create something new and exciting. Lychee, a fruit native to China, became more widely available in Western countries, and bartenders started experimenting.

The cocktail became popular partly due to the rise of flavored martinis, which took off in the 1990s and early 2000s. The Lychee Martini stood out for its exotic, sweet flavor profile, contrasting with the more traditional, often bitter or herbal, martini variations. Its popularity also got a boost from celebrity culture and high-end Asian fusion restaurants, where it often appeared on the menu as a sophisticated yet approachable option.

A side shot of a Lychee Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a silver coaster with a shaker, a bar spoon and lychee fruits around placed on a red table in front of a white wall.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Lychee Martini?
A typical Lychee Martini contains around 200-250 calories, depending on the brands of alcohol and juice used.
How strong is a Lychee Martini?
The strength can vary, but it's usually around 20-25% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) or 40-50 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Lychee Martini?
Vodka serves as the primary alcohol in a Lychee Martini.
In which glass is a Lychee Martini served?
A Lychee Martini is traditionally served in a Martini glass.
What does a Lychee Martini taste like?
It has a sweet, fruity flavor note balanced with the complexity of vermouth.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Lychee Martini?
The typical ratio is 1.5 oz of vodka, 0.5 lychee juice, 0.5 lychee syrup, 0.5 lychee liqueur, and 0.5 of dry vermouth.
How is a Lychee Martini served in terms of ice?
The cocktail is shaken with ice but strained when served, meaning it's served "up" without ice in the glass.

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