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The Creepy Lychee Eyeball Garnish
Halloween is filled with all things creepy and cocktails are no exception. There are many things that you can do to add a little fright to your drinks, and this eyeball garnish is one of my favorites.
This garnish idea came with the Mad Eye Martini, which is a brilliant blue, fruit-filled vodka martini that is perfect for many occasions beyond Halloween. When you add this skewered eyeball, the drink takes a sinister turn and really comes into the spirit of the holiday.
The eyeball is made using three simple ingredients: lychee, red fruit preserves, and blueberry. It is an easy garnish to construct and would make a perfect addition to many other fruit cocktails beyond its original martini.
What You Need
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- Canned lychee fruit
- Fresh blueberries
- Red fruit preserves (strawberry or raspberry work best)
- Small knife, spoon, or toothpicks
- Garnish skewers
02 of 05
Eyeball Garnish: Begin With Lychee
The first (and only) challenge with creating the lychee eyeball garnish is finding the lychee.
The lychee is a popular little fruit in Asian cuisine and it should be easy to find at your local international food market. Sometimes you can find the fresh fruit, but in this case, canned lychee is ideal and much easier to work with. Pick up a can or two more than you think you will need because sometimes the fruit are damaged in the canning process.
When you have your lychee, pour the can out it into a strainer to separate the fruit from the juice and allow the lychee to dry a bit. The lychee have a membranous feel to them and they're hollow so they're a little slippery to work with when can-fresh wet, so it's good to leave them out for at least half an hour.
You will also notice that they have a natural hole in one side and next we will fill this hole with our eyeball innards.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Eyeball Garnish: Fill with Fruit Preserves
This step is where the lychee eyeball construction begins. You will need a jar of red fruit preserves. In the example, we used red raspberry - which has a darker red look - and strawberry, cherry, or any other red preserve will work as well.
Using a small knife or another flat tool, fill the hollow lychee with preserves by scooping it into the lychee's hole. The lychee is delicate, so we found that an artist's palette knife works perfectly for getting the preserves inside the flesh because it also has some flex to it. Palate knives can be found at any craft or art store and are an inexpensive addition to the kitchen or bar that you will find come in handy on occasions such as this.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
Eyeball Garnish: Finishing Up with a Blueberry
The last step in the lychee eyeball garnish is easy. Begin by rinsing blueberries and then pick out a few of the most gruesome that will fit into the hole of your lychee.
Gently insert the blueberry in the hole, allowing the preserves to ooze out of the sides. Be careful not to go too far or you berry will be lost. Once the berry is in place, use your knife or a toothpick to spread the preserves out over the lychee eyeball to simulate more of the veins of an eyeball. Make any adjustments to the berry and preserves until you get the look you want.
Again, gently, poke a skewer into the back of your new eyeball and set it aside until your cocktails are ready. An empty ice cube tray works great for holding the finished eyeballs, which should be stored in the refrigerator until needed.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Eyeball Garnish: Finished Product
This garnish project is something that you can do a few hours before a party, even the night before, but we wouldn't prep them too much farther in advance. Once you get your system down, the construction goes pretty quick and you can make quite a few in less than an hour.