The Gulangyu Breeze is our own take on the typically-underwhelming Lychee Breeze cocktail. We love all the other members of this easy-drinking family of tropical sours (Sea Breeze, Bay Breeze, etc), and it seemed like the sweet floral notes of the lychee fruit would be a no-brainer.
Unfortunately, most of the recipes we tried were a letdown, with the delicate lychee flavor overwhelmed by heavy-handed measures of cranberry or other juices.
We’ve reworked the ratios into a more lychee-forward drink, and given it a new name hailing from Gulangyu (one of China’s most beautiful seaside regions and home to many lychee orchards).
- 1½ parts Vodka
- ½ part Lychee liqueur or Lychee syrup
- 2 parts Lychee juice
- 1 part Cranberry juice
- ¼ part Lime juice
Shake all ingredients (except the cranberry juice) and strain into an ice-filled tall glass. Top with the cranberry juice, and garnish with lime wheels or wedges, edible orchids, and any other tropical decoration you fancy.
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