As promised, here are the recipes for my quarantine cocktails aka vodka with sugary juice. Each recipe makes two cocktails and don't forget to put your cocktail glasses in the freezer a few minutes before you plan to mix your drink. I've used Ketel One, which is neither fancy or expensive, but this is just a matter of personal preference, so use whatever vodka, or non-alcoholic spirit, you prefer.
This recipe came from various attempts, trial and error and lack of actual lychees in any form. Were I to suggest this recipe to a professional mixologist they would probably be appalled.
During lock down I've only ever managed to get them once. I haven't even managed to get hold of tinned ones, so I've made do with Rubicon lychee juice that is about 99% sugar and 1% lychee juice.
120ml vodka (keep it in the fridge or even better, freezer)
20 ml lime juice
80ml lychee juice.
Put 4-5 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker over the ice and then shake like mad! Really mad. You want to break up all the ice for a lovely, smooth chilled drink!
Pour into your pre-chilled glasses and enjoy. The one time I did actually have lychees I plopped the peeled lychee at the bottom of the glass and poured the shaken cocktail over it.
Just realised typing this out that I think it is the same as the martini above except I just use cranberry juice.
20ml lime juice
80ml cranberry juice
As above, put 4-5 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker over the ice and then shake it, shake it, shake it like a polaroid picture. I have garnished it with a slice of lime on the side but usually I'm too lazy and enjoy it just as much without.
This came via my lovely friend Tiffany who during lockdown shared a photo of her enjoying martinis with her family... but fancy passionfruit ones. Tiffany had made substitutions to her original recipe due to lock down supply issues, and I, in turn, had to make substitutions to mine. Tiffany's recipe called for vanilla syrup and we've never had any and it tastes just fine without!
20ml passionfruit liquer (I used Passoa)
50ml lime juice
50ml passionfruit juice (back at it again with Rubicon's finest..this time, passionfuit juice)
Passionfruit pulp from one passionfruit (I've also made it without the fresh passionfruit and it still works)
As above, chuck everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake away until the cocktail shaker is nice and cold and has condensation on it and then pour into your chilled glass.
Cheers! Salud! Prost! À votre santé! Kanpai! Skål! L'chaim! Yamas!
Oh...and one last piece of advice. Martinis are like breasts. You never need more than two.