This recipe begins with a muddle of sweet lychee fruits with sugar and lime. You'll then add the wonderful taste of Grey Goose's pear vodka, La Poire, and a shot of sake. It all comes together beautifully and offers a fresh, sweet, fruity taste that everyone who drinks it is sure to love.
Serve this Asian-inspired cocktail at a spring dinner party or enjoy it on the patio while watching the sunset. No matter the occasion or setting, it's fantastic.
Gather the ingredients.
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker place the lychee nuts, simple syrup, and a lime wedge. Muddle gently.
Add ice, sake, and vodka.
Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat.
Garnish with a sliced pear.
Serve and enjoy.
- Lychee can be found in cans or jars, typically in international food markets or that section of major grocers.
- You can also prepare fresh lychee when you find them. You will have to peel the bumpy "alligator skin" that covers the fleshy fruit and remove the stone before using them.
- If you prefer, use 1/2 tablespoon white granulated sugar rather than simple syrup.
- For the pear garnish, dip freshly cut pear in lemon juice. This will stop the fruit's flesh from turning yellow-brown due to oxidation.
- Lychee liqueur can be used as a substitute for the lychee nuts. In this case, muddle the lime and syrup, then add about 1/2 ounce of lychee liqueur along with the vodka and sake. You may only need half the syrup the recipe requires because the liqueur will add sweetness.
- Add a little sparkling wine, if you like. Strain the drink into an old-fashioned glass and top it with 1 or 2 ounces of wine for a refreshing spin. A beautiful rosé wine would be perfect for this mix because it tends to have strawberry flavors that perfectly complement lychee and pear.
- Both the lychee liqueur and sparkling wine are fabulous options if you want to transform the martini into a pitcher drink. The recipe will need some adjustments, though the flavor profile will remain the same. For instance, you might pour 1 cup each of pear vodka and sake, 1/2 cup lychee liqueur, 1 ounce simple syrup, the juice of 2 limes, and half a bottle of sparkling wine. Mix it up with ice and adjust it to taste. Its alcohol content will be similar to wine, about 16 percent ABV, perfectly casual for a party.
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