Once upon a time, there was a girl who fell in love. We all know the story about the love and the marriage. What comes next? No not the baby carriage, not just yet. What comes next is they move is to Japan.
I know I talk about Japan all the time but living here certainly has changed me. It has changed what I appreciate and definitely made me more adventurous and less ethnocentric, as a foodie, as a person. Of course you probably have tried lychee, I believe there was a lychee frozen yogurt at the FrozenYo I used to frequent. I didn’t get it because I was always hungry for chocolate, mint, cheesecake frozen yogurts and hadn’t yet appreciated lychee’s subtle sweetness. Fool. Lychee is much more common in Southeast Asia and is native to China and we are now acquainted properly. It’s floral, delicate fruit and it’s perfection.
I chanced to see lychee liquor at our local store sometime ago and immediately bought it. It’s one I need to be careful with because it just tastes so good. Summer is on it’s way and I need to greet it with a good drink for sipping on my patio in the evenings. This is that drink. Subtle. Sweet. Something you’ve always loved and just didn’t know yet.
If you ever have the opportunity to live abroad, I recommend that you take it. For cuisine. For religion. For culture. For life ideas. Japan never stops amazing me. Just flipping through a Japanese gossip magazine will make you smile as you see that they are telling the Japanese girls to check out the size of Prince Harry’s junk. Hehehe. I thought we were obvious in the US about that kind of thing. They have a penis festival in Kawasaki in April. You just never know.
Give lychee, and these mojitos, a try. They won’t disappoint.
- 2 ½ Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon superfine sugar
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 15 fresh mint leaves plus extra for garnish
- 3 Tablespoons lychee liquor
- 2 Tablespoons white rum
- 4 tablespoons club soda
- lime slices
- canned lychee, drained
- Stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add lychee liquor, white rum, and club soda.
- Add ¼ rum mix to glass. Add ¼ cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass then tear leaves in half and add several to glass. Stir.
- Layer rum mixture, ice and mint and stir.
- Garnish with lime and lychee.