Lemongrass and lychee martini recipe

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makes: 16
Skill: medium
Prep: 15 min
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  • This twist on the classic martini is as refreshing as it is delicious. A real cocktail party show-stealer


    • For the lemongrass sugar syrup:
    • 175g (5oz) caster sugar
    • 225ml (8fl oz) water
    • 4 stalks lemon grass, cut into thirds
    • 1tbs juniper berries
    • For each martini:
    • 50ml (2fl oz) vodka
    • 1tbs lemongrass sugar syrup
    • 2tsp lychee juice (from canned lychees)
    • 2tsp pomegranate juice
    • Sparkling water
    • Pomegranate seeds
    • To garnish:
    • Cocktail stick, slice of lime and lychees


    • To make the sugar syrup, mix together the sugar, water, lemongrass and juniper berries in a small saucepan.

    • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 mins, or until the sugar is completely dissolved.

    • Strain the syrup into a plastic container and refrigerate until ready to use. The syrup can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.

    • To make the martini, fill a cocktail shaker with 1tbs crushed ice. Add the vodka, lemongrass sugar syrup, lychee juice and pomegranate juice, shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into a martini glass, top up with sparkling water as desired and add a few pomegranate seeds. Slowly pour the pomegranate juice over the back of a spoon so that the juice settles at the bottom of the glass.

    • Serve immediately, garnished with a lychee and lime slice threaded onto a cocktail stick.

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