Welcome to Drinkstuff's Cocktail Club flavour of the month! This month due to popular demand our flavour of the month is the sweet and floral, Lychee! Kicking off our Cocktail Club, we are featuring the Monin Le Fruit Lychee Fruit Mix. There are other lychee flavoured sugar syrups and purees out there, but we like the Monin Fruity mixes. They have a fantastic consistency and we love the fruity bits that add texture to your drink.
Before we talk about the Fruit Mix and the cocktails, we thought we'd answer one important question, what is a lychee?! Lychees are an ancient Chinese fruit. Grown on trees, lychees are native to China, Taiwan and other parts of Southeast Asia. They have a rough pinky-red rind that you peel to reveal a creamy white pulp, that has a texture like grapes.
Lychees have a very floral, perfumy smell, and a very fragrant sweet flavour, which can sometimes be on the tart side. You can also pick up some very subtle citrus notes in the aftertaste as well. Some people suggest that lychee can remind them of roses and some muscat grapes.
Lychees are in season from November to January, but thanks to the Monin Le Fruit you can enjoy that sweet, floral flavour all year round.
Now we've covered what lychees are, you might be thinking what's the difference between the fruit mixes and a syrup? Or a fruit mix and a puree? The basics are:
So if we take that information, the great thing about a fruit mix over a puree is that you won't need to add any additional sugar to a drink. You might now be thinking ok, so why not use a syrup, why use the fruit mix. Well, for a bigger fruity flavour and because of the texture. A fruit mix has a consistency close to that of a puree, so will add the texture of a puree to a drink. Monin Fruit Mixes also have chunks of fruit throughout, again giving it that puree feel. The fruit mixes are also a stronger fruity flavour. A lot of syrups can have a more subtle flavour to them as they're mostly for sweetening a drink, so if you want a drink that packs a punch the fruit mix is for you.
If you've got to this point you're probably thinking, where are the cocktail recipes?! Well, you don't have to wait any longer! Here are our cocktails for this month!
The lychee & coconut collins is a really fun tropical cocktail! Bursting with floral and fruity flavours we reckon it'll be a big hit at summer parties! Served perfectly in a tall collins glass or even a tiki mug for even more tropical vibes!
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You know we love a riff of a classic over at Drinkstuff, and I must say this has to be one of the best ones we've done to date! Gin, especially juniper forwards gins, pair PERFECTLY with floral notes in lychee giving you a really refreshing and summery drink. Like all brambles this cocktail is best served in a short rocks glass.
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Another tropical option for you, this is the Lychee & Pineapple Fizz. This one is incredibly easy to make, similar to a collins this cocktail is a guaranteed quick hit at parties! Bursting with fun tropical vibes, there is only one vessel appropriate for a pineapple cocktail and that is a ceramic pineapple tiki mug!
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This has to be the best cocktail to come out of this months flavour of the month. Don't let the vibrant colour fool you, this Lychee & Passion Fruit Caipirissima is full of beautifully delicate and subtle flavours. Like a bramble this cocktail is best served in a short rocks glass.
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Our final (and bonus) cocktail for July's Flavour of the Month is the Lychee Rose Martini! This has got to be the go-to flavour combination when you think of Lychee. Just overflowing with floral, and perfume flavours this cocktail is perfect for adding class to a night. Topped off with a beautiful foam thanks to the foamers, dried rose petals for that extra pizazz, and served in a Nick & Nora Glass this cocktail is something else!
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So there you have it! July's Flavour of the Month! 5 absolutely banging cocktails, perfect for a Saturday night at home, or hey you could even spice up a cocktail menu of two with these bad boys! Don't forget if you want to get a discount on our flavour of the month you need to be signed up to our email list, that's the only way you'll get that month's discount code. If you've found your way here without signing up, all you have to do is fill in the form! You'll even get a free 20 Easy Cocktail Recipe PDF for the trouble.
If you're looking to join in the fun, why not enter our monthly competition! Each month we're looking for the best cocktails that our community have made using our flavour of the month! All you have to do is create that signature cocktail, grab a snap of it before you drink it and send it to us! You can send it to us on Instagram DMs, tag us in your post, or send it to us on Discord. Each month we'll pick our top 3 recipes and we'll make and try them and crown a winner. The winner will then win next month's flavour completely free, all in time for you to enter the next months! Don't forget to tag us in your posts and use the hashtag #DrinkstuffCocktailClub so we can find all your amazing creations.