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Cranberry and lychee martini

A quick recipe for a great drink. In your cocktail shaker put:

3 shots of vodka
2 shots white rum
5 very thin slices of the freshest root ginger you can find
4 ice cubes

Then fill the shaker to two thirds to three quarters full with cranberry juice and top off with the syrup from your can of lychees. Shake until very cold. Serve with a slice of ginger and a lychee in the glass. Try not to drink too many, you won't be able to.

Edit, 2 January 2008: having recently discovered lychee liqueur you can amend this recipe and replace one of the shots of vodka with one of the liqueur. this makes the drink slightly less potent so if you're feeling extravagant just add an extra shot of lychee liqueur to this recipe. Also I have found it best to add a few slices of ginger to the shaker.


  1. In Tokyo I employed a mixture of sake, tequila & sour plum juice to devastating effect...one to revise methinks...

  2. Revise?! That sounds like a recipe for oriental embalming fluid!

  3. When, pray did you get to be the proud owner of a cocktail shaker? How frightfully British! Next, I imagine, a Saville Row suit and a vintage Aston Martin!

  4. Not a bad idea pater! Of course I mayt need to withdraw a little from my trust-fund to pay off the Aston... Went looking at sports cars this morning in fact.

    I bought Emily the cocktail shaker one Christmas. Saville Row wool knap tends to be a little warm for these parts, but I have been looking at roadsters to buy (you put an idea in a girl's head and she just won't let it go!).

  5. 'ey aye, what happened to your housewarming entry? I had something relevant to say, godamn you, and now I'm drunk with no-where to go...so I'll go to bed...

  6. Ah yes, the trouble being that drink had also been taken when I wrote it meaning that I didn't consider Emily's feelings at all.

    It upset her and so I took it down. It will not be making a reappearance unless it is heavily edited.