Lychee Liqueur Cocktails

Karen Frazier
Lychee cocktails

Cocktails made with lychee liqueur add an exotic twist suitable for nearly any occasion. If you are looking for a unique mix that serves as a topic of conversation as well as a refreshing drink, using lychee liquor can add tropical flare to mixed drinks.

7 Cocktails Made With Lychee Liqueur

Lychee liqueur cocktails may be simple or complex. The relatively low alcohol content and smooth texture of lychee liqueur make it an excellent choice for adding unusual flavor without overwhelming the drink. The fruit's sweet taste balanced with crisp acidic undertones is naturally appealing without being too syrupy.

1. Lychee Sparkler

Lychee adds interest to a simple champagne cocktail.

Lychee champagne cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Kwai Feh lychee liqueur, chilled
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine, chilled

Instructions

Combine the ingredients in a Champagne flute and stir.

2. Lychee Mango Frozen Daiquiri

If you love frozen daiquiris, then this is a lovely combination. It's tropical and refreshing.

Lychee mango daiquiri

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce lychee liqueur
  • 1½ ounces rum
  • ½ cup mango chunks
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Mango slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a mango slice.

3. Lychee Mojito

Mint and lychee is a refreshing combination in this twist on a classic.

Lychee mojito

Ingredients

  • 10 mint sprigs
  • ¾ ounce lychee liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ ounces rum
  • Ice
  • 3 ounces sparkling water or club soda
  • Mint and a peeled lychee for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the mint sprigs and lychee liqueur.
  2. Muddle.
  3. Add the lime juice, rum, and ice.
  4. Shake.
  5. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  6. Add the sparkling water and stir.
  7. Garnish with additional mint sprigs and peeled lychee.

4. Cherry Lychee Rum Cocktail

Sweet and dark, you'll find this cocktail an intriguing combination of lychee and cherry.

Lychee cherry cocktail

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce Lichido liqueur
  • ½ ounce Luxardo cherry liqueur
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Ice
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, simple syrup, lychee liqueur, cherry brandy, and dark rum.
  2. Add the ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Add the club soda and stir.
  4. Garnish with a cherry.

5. Lychee Storm

In this intriguing cocktail, lychee adds a tropical hint to the dark flavors of the rum and the bite of ginger. It's spicy, sweet, and delicious.

Lychee storm cocktail

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • ¾ ounce Lichido liqueur
  • 1½ ounces dark rum
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a collins glass with ice.
  2. Add the lychee liqueur, dark rum, and ginger beer. Stir.
  3. Serve garnished with a lime wedge.

6. Lychee Vodka Martini

No list of lychee cocktails would be complete without a martini recipe.

Lychee vodka martini

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce lychee liqueur
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Peeled lychee for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a mixing glass, combine the lychee liqueur and the vodka.
  3. Add ice and stir.
  4. Strain into the chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a peeled lychee

7. Lychee-Coconut Cocktail

Lychee and coconut is the perfect marriage of two tropical flavors.

Lychee ginger coconut cocktail

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce lychee liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ ounces Malibu rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Ice
  • 3 ounces ginger ale
  • Peeled lychee and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lychee liqueur, lime juice, Malibu rum, and dark rum.
  2. Add the ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice.
  4. Add the ginger ale and stir.
  5. Garnish with the peeled lychee and a mint sprig.

What Is a Lychee?

A lychee is a small fruit that originated in South China and is grown commercially in warmer climates. The fruit is roughly two inches in size and may have a heart or oval shape. Sometimes referred to as a lychee nut, the fruit's exterior is bumpy and has a rich red hue. Beneath the skin, its translucent interior may be pink or white, and it has a texture that is similar to a grape's flesh.

Lychee fruit

The fruit is a great choice for adding unusual flavor to cocktails because it boasts a crisp taste that must be experienced to fully appreciate. The balance between acidity and sweetness, along with hints of rosy fragrance, is unique and makes the label "King of Fruits" applicable to the gem-like food.

Lychee Liquors

Liqueurs containing lychee generally have a relatively low percentage of alcohol, at roughly 21 percent, or 42 proof. Many people enjoy drinking the liquors neat because of their light taste, absence of alcohol burn, and well-balanced sweetness that doesn't overwhelm the palette.

Liqueurs available containing the exotic fruit include:

  • Soho lychee liquer, a popular product from France
  • Kwai Feh, a product made by De Kuyper that is light pink
  • Lichido liqueur, a fascinating combination of cognac, vodka and exotic fruits including lychee, white peach and guava

Experiment With Lychee Liqueur

Experimenting with unusual flavors can be very rewarding. Lychee liqueur cocktails are interesting choices whether you're using fine vodka, rum or sparkling wine. There are basically endless possibilities to consider.

Lychee Liqueur Cocktails