I love my girls weekends. Time with my husband is wonderful, but time with my girls has to be some form of therapy paired with relaxation. I’m lucky enough to have a friend, and a second mom, who have this little beach house that we travel to every once in a while. A perfect Puget Sound getaway.
Every getaway needs a signature cocktail. This weekend we tried out a Pinterest find: Lychee Grapefruit Martini’s. It required a trip to HMart (asian food superstore), which I’d never been to, to pick up some Lychee fruits. I was a little intimidated so I took one of the girls with me. There we found Lychee fruits in a can, along with gyoza, lumpia, and some goofy lookin’ rice crackers. All the key ingredients for a great ladies overnight.
According to Wikipedia, Lychee fruits “are a tropical and subtropical fruit tree native to southern China and Southeast Asia, and now cultivated in many parts of the world. The fresh fruit has a “delicate, whitish pulp” with a “perfume” flavor. Since this perfumy flavor is lost in canning, the fruit is usually eaten fresh. An evergreen tree reaching 10–28 meters tall, the lychee bears fleshy fruits that are up to 5 cm (2.0 in) long and 4 cm (1.6 in) wide. The outside of the fruit is covered by a pink-red, roughly-textured rind that is inedible but easily removed to expose a layer of sweet, translucent white flesh. Lychees are eaten in many different dessert dishes, and are especially popular in China, throughout Southeast Asia, along with South Asia and India.
This martini is made with gin, more true to an actual martini. We weren’t sure how it’d go but it ended up being pretty fabulous. We added just one more ounce of lychee syrup (juice from the can) to the recipe and used fresh grapefruit juice.
Lychee Grapefruit Martini
2-3 oz gin
3 oz lychee juice
2 oz grapefruit juice, fresh or unsweetened
Place one or two lychees and a few pomegranate seeds in a martini glass. Combine the gin, lychee juice, grapefruit juice, and ice in a vessel. Shake and strain the cocktail into the martini glass over the fruit.
What are your essentials for a girls weekend?