Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sparkling Lychee & Ginger


After a hot day out in the sun, few things are quite as refreshing as an ice-cold, sparkling drink. This sparkling lychee and ginger drink is no exception.

These flavours all work great together, leaving you with a sparkling fruit based drink, with a little warmth and depth through the stem ginger. Just the right amount of sweetness aided by the lemon, complemented by the lightly floral lychee, and lastly the fresh aroma of the orange giving that citrus thirst-quenching appeal.

This drink can easily be turned into a cocktail. I'd recommend adding either vodka or a white rum. Both of these have a milder flavour profile so won't interfere with the main flavours and both are transparent so you keep the wonderful light colour.

In this recipe, I used my own homemade stem ginger. Keep your eyes peeled for this recipe being posted in the coming weeks.

For more refreshing ways to use up any lychees this season, check out these other possibilities here.

Recipe

Ingredients:                                                                                                                           (Serves 2)

15g stem ginger
4tbsp stem ginger syrup
1/2 lemon, juiced
8-10 lychees, peeled and stoned
400ml lemonade
5-6 ice cubes

Method:
  • Either blitz the stem ginger and the lychees together to form a smooth puree, or finely chop them. Reserve any lychee juice that may leak out if chopping.
  • Add the squeeze of lemon and the stem ginger syrup. 
  • Add the ice cubes followed by the lemonade. 
  • Give the drink a good stir before pouring into glasses. 
  • Serve with an orange garnish for added flavour and aroma.

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