A lychee martini is a vodka martini cocktail flavored with lychee fruit and typically served with a single fresh lychee as a garnish. Lychee is a tropical Asian fruit native to China and Southeast Asia. Like a rambutan, it features a hard skin and fleshy interior surrounding one hard seed. It has a floral scent and flavor similar to a muscat grape. A classic martini is made with vermouth and vodka or gin and usually garnished with an olive or lemon twist. There are a few different ways to add lychee flavor to a martini, and some cocktail recipes use more than one method.\nMaking a martini involves mixing one part dry vermouth to four parts gin or vodka—shaken or stirred—then serving it in a chilled cocktail glass. For the lychee component, you have some options.\n\n1. __Lychee liqueur__: Lychee liqueur is a sweetened liquor infused with lychee, like St-Germain (elderflower liqueur) or Cointreau (orange liqueur). To make your own lychee liqueur, combine two cups of peeled, pitted fresh lychee fruits with one and a half cups of vodka. Let the mixture infuse in a food-safe jar in a cool, dark place until the vodka tastes like lychee—about one month. Then combine the infused liquor with half of a cup of [simple syrup](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-make-simple-syrup-for-cocktails) or more to taste.\n2. __Lychee juice__: Canned lychees come in sweetened lychee juice, which is an easy way to add sugar and lychee flavor to your martini.\n3. __Lychee syrup__: Make a lychee-infused simple syrup by heating one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan over high heat until the sugar dissolves. Add half of a cup of chopped fresh lychees and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Let the syrup steep off the heat for 20 minutes, then strain out the chopped lychees.\nLearn more about mixology from award-winning bartenders. Refine your palate, explore the world of spirits, and shake up the perfect cocktail for your next gathering with the [MasterClass Annual Membership](https://www.masterclass.com/). \nA lychee martini is a fruity, floral take on the classic cocktail.