Saturday, February 20, 2010

Vanilla + Lychee Lemonade

The can of lychees hid in the back of our crowded cupboard for an inordinately long time. I thought about them; I had a vague idea to add them to champagne one day when something celebratory was called for, but it just never happened.

Lychees are funny, flowery, perfume-y little things. Stripped of their tough outer layer, they look a little transparent and a lot naked. It's best to blend them up and add a couple of flavors that enhance their oddness. Lemon and vanilla worked well and created a new flavor that you can't find even in the best juice aisle.

Vanilla + Lychee Lemonade

1 can of lychees
Half a lemon, juiced (thin slices reserved)
Squeeze of agave
2.5 ounces of vanilla vodka

Strain lychees and discard the syrup. Blend them with about 1/4 cup of water until smooth. Pour the lychee juice, lemon juice, agave, and vodka into a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into two glasses, and add a very thin slice of lemon so it floats. This is a great way to start the weekend.


Ellen said...

That sounds dreamy!
Definately giving that one a go!

Kelly W said...

This cocktail is perfection! It became an instant favorite!!!