The VVC Cocktail Lounge: Lychee Champagne Cocktail

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Where the magic started.

Sometimes, there’s something about a rainy day that has you craving the complete opposite of a hot toddy. Call it living in denial; call it a daydream. I experienced one of those oh-hey-it’s-gonna-rain-like-this-until-Spring days in Portland last weekend. I slept in, which I never do anymore, missed the farmers markets, almost didn’t know what to do with myself, and found myself shop-wandering at Fubonn, picking up local tofu, buckwheat noodles, nori, yet another bottle of soy sauce, restocking on ginger, and going wild in the canned juice aisle of wonder. Thanks to Janessa, I’ve learned that champagne cocktails are a way of life, and that’s where the following comes into play.

I know they're canned and all, but holy crapsicle, these are fun!

I tend to pick up a can of lychees, the sweet scallops of the fruit world, every few visits.  Lychee martinis have been a longtime favorite of my sister and I, because a) they’re exotic and b) they happen to be the inexpensive martini option at a lounge in NYC we’ve found ourselves return to time and time again, specifically for said lychee martinis. They’re adorable.  I kid you not, I was on the phone with my sister last night, and she was on her way to pick up lychees from Whole Foods (which must have been, what, $8 for a can?) for evening martinis with her boyfriend, while I was planning on mixing some lychee cocktails that same night for a tiny soiree I was hosting later on. We were pretty amazed and impressed with ourselves, thousands of miles apart, for turning to a can of imported tropical fruit for cocktail making. Oh, sisters.

What I’m about to share is not the recipe for a lychee martini, because I’m hoping (and begging) Jenny, who just started using WordPress this past summer, will chime in with her concoction at some point this month. Instead, it’s a step in a similar, but more sparkling, direction, because like I said, the ladies behind VVC do enjoy our bubbles.

Lychee Champagne* Cocktail

3 parts vegan-friendly champagne or sparkling wine, or as desired
1 part brandy
1 part lychee juice (optional: sub young coconut or guava juice)
2-3 lychees and a spoonful of juice

Gently stir together the brandy, juice and lychees in a large wine glass or giant champagne flute. Add ice, top with champagne, as desired, let settle, and garnish.
Suggested garnish: lime wedge, asian pear, skewered lychee
Why don't I own giant champagne flutes? WHY?!

*Okay, not really. Actual champagne is from the Champagne region of Northern France, and this wasn’t, but it just has a ring to it.

8 thoughts on “The VVC Cocktail Lounge: Lychee Champagne Cocktail

    Gregory said:
    October 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    That sounds uber delicious. Funny how family can be thousands of miles a part yet be so close. Thanks for the post I get some of that juice everytime I go to Uwajimaya since it’s right by work.

    Sayward said:
    October 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I want you to teach me how to shop Fubon. I always get so overwhelmed in there! I’m certain it’s full of treasures, but I don’t even know where to start. I always just grab nori and wimp out. =)

      jess scone responded:
      October 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Sayward! Let’s have a Fubonn date one of these weekends!

        Sayward said:
        October 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

        I would *love* a Fubon date one of these weekends. Let’s do it! =D

    bad1788 said:
    October 7, 2011 at 7:56 am

    This is awesome! lychee and champagne sounds amzing

    Jojo said:
    October 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

    That sounds so good. I also don’t own champagne glasses, mainly because my cupboards are too small to fit them in!!

    Mo said:
    October 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    This sounds wonderful!

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