Lychee Martini – Recipe & History

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Lychee Martini

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American






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How to make a Lychee Martini.


  • 1 oz 1 Lychee Juice

  • 2 oz 2 Vodka

  • 1 oz 1 Soda Water


  • Technique: Saxe Soda Shake
  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except for the soda water.
  • Add one medium or two small ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake until the ice fully melts.
  • Without a strainer, pour the chilled and aerated drink into a glass.
  • Top with soda water.
  • Garnish:
  • Lychee fruit

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History Of The Lychee Martini

There isn’t much published on the lychee martini, nor is it even mentioned in any articles till around the mid-1990s when it started to pop up in a few New York-based periodicals. Many of the 90s recipes I found were all over the place. No two recipes were the same. One was vodka, dry vermouth, and lychee juice. Another was just vodka and lychee juice, some had lychee liqueur, and others had guava or lime juice. Around 2010 it appears that two recipes became the dominant norms.

Recipe #1

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Lychee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lychee Juice

Recipe #2 (Skinny Girl Recipe)

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Lychee Juice
  • 1 oz Soda Water

Most lychee martini recipes you will find today tend to be one of these two recipes. Personally, between the two, I prefer the Skinny Girl style. While I always love a strong drink, the combination of lychee liqueur and lychee juice (the syrup inside a can of prepared lychees) is too sweet and strong, and not in a good way. The combination of lychee juice and soda water makes for a much more refreshing cocktail. It gives the vodka a lovely light and bubbly essence of lychee flavor rather than a heavy, sweet, and strong lychee flavor.

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