I’m often drawn to floral cocktails because they’re generally unique and always popular when I serve them at parties so when Marco was picked up a bottle of Giffard’s Lichi-Li Liqueur, I naturally stole it from him and used it to create my own recipe.
The first thing you notice is that the liqueur is very intense on the nose, with notes of fresh lychees and roses. Reminiscent of Giffard’s Crème de Violette (which I’ve used in several previous recipes) the fruit and floral notes are dominant and can be overpowering if you’re not careful.
Because I’m a simple guy, I decided to make a simple sour:
2 oz gin
½ oz lychee liqueur
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz egg white
3 mint sprigs
In a shaker, add the gin, lychee, lime juice, and mint, and then muddle. Add the egg white and dry shake. Add ice and shake again. Double-strain into a chilled coupe.
The gin is a great vessel for the ingredients as it adds its own notes to the drink. The lime juice helps cut the sweetness of the lychee, while the mint adds an extra pop to produce a slightly more complex flavour that helps round everything out.
Although not as floral as some of my other recipes, this recipe is light and great for the dwindling summer days.
And since summer’s almost over, you won’t have to deal with my floral recipes for much longer, I promise…