The Last-Minute Getaway is an unexpected, refreshing marriage of lychee, mint, and the anise-forward spice of Peychaud’s bitters, backed by vodka or gin (your choice, but we prefer it with gin).
This drink started life as the Lychee Cosmopolitan, invented by food writer Nancy Buchanan. We’re stickers for cocktail names and couldn’t abide by such a misnomer – it’s nothing like a Cosmopolitan – but we wanted to honor the author while making room for our own recipe substitutions. We’ve re-christened it the Last-Minute Getaway from a story in the blog post where Buchanan unveiled the recipe.
- 1½ parts Gin or Vodka
- 1 part Lychee juice
- ¼ part Mint syrup
- 4 dashes Creole bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a small chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh lychee or a mint leaf.
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- Lychee Cosmopolitan recipe at A Communal Table