I hope everyone had a fun St. Patrick's Day! I'm not Irish, nor is my husband so St. Patrick's day generally comes and goes without much thought! I can't even remember the last time my husband and I spent the day drinking with friends! We decided to take advantage of this nice sunny day shopping for spring/summer stuff for the little guy and grilling some juicy filets and shrimp for dinner! The weather has been unusually warm this last week (since when did early March mean turning on the air conditioner?!) so I decided to treat myself to a cocktail with dinner! This is a recipe I've posted before, but since a lot of my old posts no longer have the original pictures (since we switched servers), I thought I'd revisit it!
I LOVE tropical fruits. One of my favorites are longans (which are essentially the same thing as lychees, but since more people know what lychees are, I'm going to stick with that term for this drink! ) To me, longans may be smaller, but they are more crisp than lychees (I am all about crisp fruit!) I'm sure you could google the two and see what the actual differences are, but after they've been peeled and pitted, the only difference that I can tell is the crisp-ness and the fact that longans may be sweeter than the lychees, but that's about it!
I had just opened up a can of longans this week to snack on, so I figured the lychee cosmopolitan would be a great treat with dinner! I like the cosmopolitan version better than the traditional lychee martini since it includes grapefruit juice, so it's got a bit more flavor and sweetness.
- 2 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz grapefruit juice (I used ruby red grapefruit juice this time, but a blended one would be good as well!)
- 1 oz lychee syrup (If you are using canned lychees/longans, just use the juice that it comes with)
- 1-2 lychees for garnish