Spring Lychee Martini

Whether you’re a lychee lover or just curious about this spiky little fruit that seems to be taking over the internet, we’ve got the scoop — and a simple recipe

This tropical fruit has an ever-growing fanbase, particularly in the mixology crowd. The lychee martini is gaining quite the cult following — including Kim, who counts this concoction as one of her favorites. It’s easy to see why… the syrup’s dainty floral flavor combined with punchy booze and the chewy decadence of a lychee berry is refreshing in the best way possible. 

And since it’s a fruit, dare we say you could add this martini to your stack of healthy recipes? We’re kidding. But in all seriousness, when you try a lychee you may find more uses for this tasty treat outside of happy hour. 

Hand holding lychee berries over ocean

The Flavor of Lychee

Although it’s native to China, the lychee fruit is also grown in tropical regions in the United States like Florida and Hawaii. It’s quite easy to peel, and beneath the red rough skin you’ll discover a white, glossy berry that has a texture similar to a peeled grape. The lychee also has a smooth seed nestled within the berry, and you’ll want to discard this and the exterior husk when you’re making your lychee libations and snacks.  

If you haven’t tried lychee, the flavor is somewhere in the realm of a pear, a ripe citrus fruit, and rose water. It’s fantastic on its own or in combination with other tropical flavors. (Hello, tropical fruit salads!) 

Woman at restaurant with lychee drink

Scouring Local Grocery Stores and Beyond

Before you start testing recipes, you need to know where to get your hands on these beloved berries. Unfortunately, this is the tricky part. 

If you live in a tropical area you may find fresh fruit at local supermarket during the lychee’s summertime harvest season. It’s also frequently found in Asian markets. With fresh fruit, you can quickly make homemade lychee liqueur, simple syrup, or lychee puree.

Outside of these times and areas, fresh lychee isn’t all that common. The good news is that canned lychee and lychee juice are becoming more readily available. For lychee syrup, you can check a well-stocked liquor store, and online sellers like Amazon often carry the canned fruit and boxed juice.

Berries are best consumed immediately; however, you can keep them for up to a week in the fridge and six months in the freezer. (Fun fact: Eat it straight from the freezer for a sorbet-like treat!) Just remember it doesn’t take long for this exotic fruit to begin to ferment and lose its unique flavor, so keep martini glasses chilled for when you do land some lychees!

Simple Lychee Martini Recipe

Ready to mix up this spectacularly tropical twist on a classic martini? Here’s our favorite recipe and how-to video for a lychee martini. (For quick reference — and a dash of cuteness — be sure to download our free PDF instructions here.) 


  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces lychee juice or simple syrup
  • A splash of dry vermouth
  • 1-2 lychee for garnish (fresh lychee fruit or canned)
  • Ice cubes


  • Fill cocktail shaker half-way with ice
  • Add vodka, lychee juice or simple syrup, and vermouth
  • Shake, shake, shake!
  • Strain into chilled martini glass or coupe glass
  • Garnish with lychee(s)

Perfect! You now know these aspects of our spring lychee martini. Let me share to you a secret on where you can find the best lychee martini glasses to complete your cocktail experience.

Friend, the right martini glass can elevate the drinking experience plus it adds an element of sophistication and style to your libation!

First is choose the right martini glass’s shape and size. A traditional martini glasses feature a long, slender stem and a wide, shallow bowl. The glasses with a capacity of around 6 to 8 ounces to accommodate the generous pour of your Spring Lychee Martini. Imagine it in a beach bar or a classy cocktail lounge, these glasses will surely catch the eye and enhance the tropical vibe to make it more exciting.

Next, martini glasses are typically made from glass, but you can also find options crafted from crystal or acrylic. Glass glasses offer a classic look and feel, while crystal glasses add an extra touch of elegance. Acrylic glasses are a durable and lightweight alternative, perfect for outdoor entertaining or poolside sipping with your friends.

Now with the design, friend, consider aesthetic designs. Nowadays, aesthetic is life of the party! It should feature a clean, minimalist design, while modern variations may incorporate unique shapes or decorative accents giving that tropical vibe.

You don’t want to end it without extra touch of luxury. Opt for martini glasses that are specially designed to retain their chill. Double-walled glasses or glasses with a frosted exterior will help keep your Spring Lychee Martini refreshingly cold from the first sip to the last.

Lychee martinis pair nicely with best friends, your “fancy” flip flops, and fresh caught red snapper. So, grab your girlfriends and enjoy — we’re certain this will become one of your go-to classic cocktails! 

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