Lemongrass and lychee martini Recipe

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makes:

16

Skill:

medium

Cost:

splashing

Total Time:

00:00

Prep:

00:15
plus refrigeration time

Cooking:

00:00

This twist on the classic martini is as refreshing as it is delicious. A real cocktail party show-stealer

Ingredients

  • For the lemongrass sugar syrup:
  • 175g (5oz) caster sugar
  • 225ml (8fl oz) water
  • 4 stalks lemon grass, cut into thirds
  • 1tbs juniper berries
  • For each martini:
  • 50ml (2fl oz) vodka
  • 1tbs lemongrass sugar syrup
  • 2tsp lychee juice (from canned lychees)
  • 2tsp pomegranate juice
  • Sparkling water
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • To garnish:
  • Cocktail stick, slice of lime and lychees

Method

  • To make the sugar syrup, mix together the sugar, water, lemongrass and juniper berries in a small saucepan.

  • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 mins, or until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  • Strain the syrup into a plastic container and refrigerate until ready to use. The syrup can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.

  • To make the martini, fill a cocktail shaker with 1tbs crushed ice. Add the vodka, lemongrass sugar syrup, lychee juice and pomegranate juice, shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into a martini glass, top up with sparkling water as desired and add a few pomegranate seeds. Slowly pour the pomegranate juice over the back of a spoon so that the juice settles at the bottom of the glass.

  • Serve immediately, garnished with a lychee and lime slice threaded onto a cocktail stick.

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