a pale pink liquid being poured into a martini glass from a copper cocktail shaker

Lychee martini

  • serves 1
  • Easy

Silky, fruity and tart, this light and tropical cocktail from London bar Humble Chicken makes for an elegant aperitif


Try this lychee martini from Humble Chicken bar, then check out their Japanese croquettes and ‘everything strawberry and cheesecake‘ dessert.



  • sansho vodka 40ml (see below)
  • bianco vermouth 10ml (we recommend Contratto Bianco)
  • lime juice 25ml, plus a strip of lime peel to garnish
  • lychee syrup 20ml


  • sansho peppercorns 5g
  • vodka 250ml


  • lychees 10, peeled and stoned
  • caster sugar


  • Step 1

    To make the sansho vodka, combine the sansho peppercorns and vodka. Leave to infuse overnight, then filter out the peppercorns using a fine muslin cloth.

  • Step 2

    For the lychee syrup, weigh the lychees and add the same volume of water. Tip into a high-powered blender and whizz until smooth, then pour through a fine sieve set over a bowl. Weigh the lychee liquid and add the same weight of caster sugar, then stir to dissolve.

  • Step 3

    To make the cocktail, measure out all of the ingredients for the cocktail into a shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a strip of lime peel, gently twisting over the drink to release the oils.


This will make more lychee syrup than you’ll need, but it will keep in the fridge for a week. It’ll also make more sansho vodka than you’ll need, and this will keep almost indefinitely.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals -2