Cocktail Friday: Orange-Lychee Punch

by Tokyo Terrace on March 11, 2010

Warm sunshine, bright blue skies, and a clear view of Mt. Fuji. All the makings of a fabulous sunny-springy-happy-cleaning weekend. While I dont always enjoy cleaning, spring cleaning is something completely different. Spring cleaning is like getting rid of all the snirt (snow+dirtsay it out loud- its fun) that has gathered along the streets and sidewalks and replacing it with fresh green grass and colorful tulips. Or like going to sleep with the sound of rain outside and waking up to a crystal clear, sun-filled morning.

For the past 8 years or so, spring has also meant that it is time to move. Moving can be horrendous. All the packing and labeling of boxes seems like a form of torture. In the case of moving apartments, especially in Japan, cleaning becomes critical. If the apartment looks like no one has lived in it, you *might* get your full deposit back. Since we are indeed moving (again) this spring, I decided it would be appropriate to make a cocktail that would make the experience a little less troublesome. Moving is way more fun with a cocktail in hand, non?

Fresh squeezed orange juice and the unique flavor of lychee liquor make this punch colorful and bursting with bright flavor. The addition of tonic water provides a refreshing, bubbly sensation that is perfect for a refreshing break from the boxes and heavy lifting. Or to help combat the beads of sweat on your forehead from the hard work involved with spring cleaning.

No matter what you happen to be doing this weekend, or if spring has yet to make its way to your part of the world, this cocktail will surely remind you of the warm spring sun in one way or another.

Orange-Lychee Punch
Makes 1 cocktail

2 oz. gin
1 oz. lychee liquor
juice of 1 large navel orange
tonic water
mint leaves orange wedge (cut before juicing the orange) for garnish

In a cocktail shaker over ice, add the gin, lychee liquor and orange juice. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Pour into a glass with ice. Top with the tonic water and garnish with the mint leaves and orange wedge.

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  • Divina

    I just remembered youre moving to a new apartment. Its a fresh and exciting spring for you. That cocktail is perfect here. Summer has arrived too early and I need something refreshing that would tantalize my taste buds. Just by looking at it, Im sure it does. Have fun with the move.

  • Cooking Rookie

    A very pretty cocktail! Im sure it will make any more much more pleasant :-). Goodluck with yours!

  • camille

    When we were deciding whether to move to the apartment we now live in, I was considering the pros and cons. On the pro side it was way better apartment in just about every way, parking space, storage area in the basement. On the con side it was costs more and MOVING SUCKS AND I HATE IT. I was seriously considering not moving to a far superior apartment just because of how miserable the process of moving is.

  • white on rice couple

    another fabulous cocktail from the amazing Tokyo Terrace!!! Photographs are great too. You need to come out with a cocktail book!
    Were really jealous of your beautiful view of Mt. Fuji! xoxo

  • MaryMoh

    Love the cocktail. Looks very refreshing. Have fun moving and take care.

  • Nicole

    Lychee liquor! Im in love! What a fantastic idea. Im adding that to my to-buy-list. Looks great and beautiful pictures!

  • Rebecca

    AH! So cheery and refreshing for spring and so antithetical to the rainy fog of this Minnesota March! It makes me want, more than anything, to find a warm, sunny corner of the world and drink cocktails with you all afternoon, sister.

  • Stella

    I want this now-looks so refreshing and perfect!

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices

    That cocktail looks so refreshing! I cannot wait for spring to be here in full force, it makes me in such a better mood. Good luck with your move, moving is so time consuming!

  • the lacquer spoon

    Love the mimosa colour! Home-made cocktail on Friday is heaven!!

  • Lyndsey

    Looks delightful! Its gotta help with cleaning!

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