Lychee Gimlet

The lychee is a little bumpy-shelled fruit that houses a gelatinous fruit that surrounds a seed. The flavor of this fruit is like syrupy grape with an exotic twist. Nolet’s Gin sent me a box of lychees and a suggestion for how to use them … a Gimlet made with lychees. How could I resist?

In case you’ve never seen a lychee before (I hadn’t), here’s a box of ‘em:

Now on to the recipe! Instead of boiling the fruit to make a syrup, I muddled it with some simple syrup–which is just a combination of equal parts sugar and water.

Lychee Gimlet

1 1/2 oz. gin (I used Nolet’s, which they kindly sent me as well)
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 lychees, shelled and pitted
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

Blend the lychees and simple syrup (makes about 1 1/2 oz. of lychee syrup). Pour into shaker along with gin and lime juice, then add ice and shake. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into coupe or Martini glass. Throw in a shelled and pitted lychee, if desired, or garnish with a lime wheel.