Red Lotus Cocktail
The red lotus cocktail uses the flavor of the lychee fruit to add an Asian flavor to the drink. The taste of lychee has been described as a mix of grapes, watermelon, and strawberry. The next time you’re hosting an Asian-inspired event, or just want to try something new, mix up some red lotus cocktails.
1 ½ oz Lichido Liqueur
1 ½ oz vodka
1 oz cranberry juice
3 lychee fruit or 2 maraschino cherries for garnish
Pour the liqueur, vodka, and cranberry juice into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cold old-fashioned glass with ice, or a martini glass without ice, depending on preference. Garnish with three peeled lychee fruit on a skewer. You could also garnish with two or maraschino cherries or even an edible flower.
Lychee fruit, also called alligator strawberries or litchi, grow on trees native in tropical and subtropical countries such as Southeast Asia and Southern China. The fruit trees are cultivated in Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Malaysia, Brazil, Australia, Israel, India, and the southern U.S. Hence, drinks that use lychee fruit tend to originate from the Oceania and Asian countries.
Lichido Liqueur is a liqueur made of premium vodka and cognac, infused with flavors of white peach, guava, and lychee. Made in France, Lichido Liqueur should be available at your local liquor store. You may also order it online. The 750 mL bottle retails for around $28. It is 36 proof (18% alcohol by volume) and comes in a colorful purple, pink, and green glass bottle.