I was introduced to lychee liquor in a Chinese restaurant in Japan. It was served with sparkling grapefruit juice and it was really delicious. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so when we came home, it didn’t take us long to seek it out at the liquor store. We came home with a bottle of Soho Lychee Liquor and got to work experimenting with it in cocktails. If you’ve never had a lychee fruit, it is really unusual. It tastes kind of like a pear crossed with a grape and it looks kind of fleshy (for lack of a better explanation). They are not the most beautiful of fruits! You can buy them fresh, but I’ve never seen them anywhere around here. We buy our lychees in a can at Mitsuwa. Even if you don’t try the cocktail, I highly recommend the lychees!
We came up with the CAP* cocktail after experimenting with the lychee liquor and a variety of juices. Once we found what we thought was a good combination, we served it to our friends who found it super-drinkable (as in, they drank way too many!) and delicious. We’ve served it for both of our birthdays for the past two years and for other cocktail occasions.
*CAP is an acronym for a little joke in our home: Caucasian Asian Persuasion. (What can I say? We celebrate our inter-cultural marriage.)
1 oz pomegranate juice
1 oz vodka
1 oz Soho lychee liquor
Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in a martini glass and top off with a little bit of sparkling water. Drop in a lychee fruit for garnish.
I know this cocktail is a lot more “cosmo” and a lot less “old-fashioned” but trust me…it’s a nice little treat.
UPDATE: Last night, we replaced the vodka with gin (my favorite, Clearheart, which is slightly more flowery than a London dry gin) and ohmygoodness!!! So good! I can’t believe it took us so long to try this–now we need a name for the gin version! Any suggestions?