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Ahhh, the delicious lychee fruit. So many Americans have probably never encountered it. It’s like a sweet eyeball that you just can’t help but roll around your mouth.
At Trip of Love we have a trio of sisters who have seen our show a combined total of 85 times. The Gentleman Caller and company have affectionately monikered them “The Trip-lets of Love”. One of the sisters, Christine, apparently thinks we’re wasting away and brings us delicious snacks. A few weeks ago she handed me a can of lychee fruit. They are of Asian heritage, so it makes perfect sense.
I got home with that can and said to myself,”What can I do with this?” I popped open that can, and it was perfectly clear.
I present to you the PERFECT Lychee-tini, Gentleman Caller Style.
What you need:
Put a martini glass in the freezer. Not one of those big boys. You want to be able to stand later. Also put your martini shaker in there.
After things are cooled off, into the shaker with some big ice cubes measure:
- 1/2 oz lemon juice (from a lemon, not reconstituted.)
- 1 oz lychee syrup (you should get the can that says lychees in heavy syrup.)
- 1 oz “enhanced” triple sec (see below.)
- 2 oz Hendricks gin
- dash of bitters
- lemon peel (use your carrot peeler on the lemon to cut a thin peel.)
- Shake it shake it shake it!
Into your chilled glass put a single lychee fruit and the lemon peel. Pour. Live your life. xoxo
**Enhanced triple sec: get a reasonably priced bottle of triple sec and peel an orange like I instructed you to peel the lemon: with a vegetable peeler. Pour out at least an ounce of triple sec and use it in a margarita or something. Insert all the peels. Let stand for a few weeks. It will rock your world.